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Easy Dog-Friendly Gingerbread Treats

This easy homemade gingerbread dog treat recipe will get you in the mood for Christmas. The recipe calls for six ingredients and your dog will love them!



It's the most wonderful time of the year to bake and when calories don't count. (I wish!) I love the smell of cinnamon in the air during Christmas. It reminds me of apple pie and gingerbread cookies. My sister and I love to decorate gingerbread men while listening to Christmas songs. Our fun memories inspired me to create a dog-friendly gingerbread treat for Teddy.


I may not be the world's best baker when it comes to human treats but I sure can whip up some easy treats for my dog, Teddy. I prefer to bake him treats because I know exactly what ingredients he is consuming. Plus, it's fun to let him lick the spoon to help me clean up. I created this dog-friendly gingerbread treat recipe knowing what ingredients are toxic to dogs and what may make my dog's stomach upset. Although ginger and cinnamon are safe for dogs, any pre-mixed spice with nutmeg, clove and allspice are NOT safe. Molasses are safe for dogs in small quantities but please consult a veterinarian if your dog has food allergies/insensitivities.


Happy Holidays from my family to yours!




NOTE:


Ginger and Cinnamon are safe for dogs. Do NOT use pumpkin spice mix that contains nutmeg, clove and allspice. These are toxic to animals.


You can substitute any flour of your choice (oat flour, coconut flour, wheat flour) but you may need to add more or less depending on the consistency of the flour.


It is safe for Dogs to have a small amount of molasses but make sure your molasses does not have artificial sweeteners (such as Xylitol). If you feel hesitant or unsure how your dog's GI will react to molasses you can substitute for peanut butter, but note the treats may not look the same.


If your dog is sensitive to dairy, do not use the greek yogurt to decorate the gingerbread treats. You can consider using Kefir.




Gingerbread Dog Treats

Yield: About 15-20 Cookies


Ingredients


1 cup Flour (make it gluten-free by using coconut/oat flour)

2 tb molasses

1 tb coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 eggs

Plain greek yogurt for decorating

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F

  2. In one bowl, combine oil, molasses, and egg in a mixing bowl and whisk until mixed well.

  3. In another bowl, sift flour, ginger, and cinnamon into wet ingredients. Mix well until a dough forms.

  4. Flour your work space, roll the dough out to 1/4” thickness.

  5. Cut shapes into dough with fun holiday themed cookie cutters.

  6. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake until firm about 15-25 minutes depending on the type of flour used.

  7. Allow cookies to completely cool on a wire rack.

  8. When cool, use greek yogurt to decorate the gingerbread men dog treats.


Enjoy!