Holiday cookies aren't just for humans ― good boys and girls of the four-legged variety deserve some indulgences this time of year, too. That's why Animal Humane Society partnered with NellieBellie on a dog-friendly (and dog-healthy) holiday cookie recipe. It's simple, tasty, and includes calming ingredients that can help you manage your furry family member's holiday-related stress (yeah, it's a real thing).
We know dog lovers run in packs, and these treats are too good not to share. Make a huge batch of these cookies and give them away as gifts.
Between large gatherings and disruptions to routine, the holidays can be stressful — especially for an anxious pet. That's why we included lavender and chamomile (calming ingredients) in this holiday cookie recipe!
Don't be afraid to lick the spoon — they're human-friendly, too! (We didn't taste the cookies ourselves, but they're 100 percent dog approved.)
Dog-friendly holiday cookies
½ cup creamy peanut butter
⅓ cup milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons oats
Calming ingredients (optional):
1 tablespoon edible lavender buds
Or 1 tablespoon chamomile powder
1 egg yolk, beaten
Bit of water (about ¼ teaspoon)
Food coloring (optional)
- In a large bowl mix the peanut butter, milk, and applesauce together.
- In a smaller, separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together.
- Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir well.
- Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Using your hands, gently knead the oats and lavender or chamomile into the dough.
- Once you have a nice, compact ball of dough, press the dough into a rectangle (about ½ an inch thick). Because of the crumbliness of this dough, using your hands to press out the dough will be easier than a rolling pin. The warmth from your fingers aids the process.
- Using your desired cookie cutter, cut the dough into biscuits.
- Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Next, mix the egg yolk and a bit of water together. Divide into small bowls and add food coloring to achieve the desired colors.
- Brush the “icing” on to the unbaked biscuits using a pastry brush or the back of a spoon.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Want to decorate your cookies even more? Once removed from the oven, press a small training treat onto each cookie. You can also put food coloring into the dough itself!
These cookies can be stored on the counter for a couple of days or in the freezer for several weeks.