Are you looking for a fun easy dog treat recipe for your pets for the holidays? Then you have found the right place! This Gingerbread dog cookie recipe is not only simple, but you can easily double or triple it and make extra cookies! The year we made these, we also bagged up a bunch of extras for our local shelter dogs! Who doesn't love making Gingerbread Cookies during the holidays!
1 cup molasses
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
6 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger or one tsp. of dried powder ginger
The first thing you need to do it Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next you will need two bowls, one medium, and one large. Combine the molasses, honey, water, and oil in the medium bowl. In the large bowl mix the flour, the baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Then you will want to slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Make sure you combine them well. Now, divide this dough in four balls, wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 - 5 hours, or you can freeze them for 1 - 2 hours (just don't let them get solid!) After the dough is cold, lightly flour your surface and roll the dough out into about 1/4" thickness. Remember, the thicker you make it, the longer it will take to cook. Now cut the dough out into fun shapes, such as Gingerbread men, with a cookie cutter. You can also forget about shapes, and use a pizza cutter and make the cookies into squares and strips, depending on what you want to do.
Now for the baking! Bake for around 20 - 25 Minutes, until the cookies start to get brown. You can take one out and break it to see how crunchy it is. If you want it really crunchy, then you will want to bake them longer.
You can frost these cookies if you would like! You can either use melted Yogurt Chips, and add a bit of food coloring, or you can use a small amount of white chocolate melting discs (does not contain cocoa), and add food coloring, or you can use Fido's Premium Icing.
* Please note that I'm neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist, so it's advisable to consult with your own authority when trying new foods, and also to ensure that your dog's home cooked diet is balanced & includes all of the nutrients that are necessary for your dog's health.