Christmas cookies…for the dogs

Last night I fell victim to a Christmas cookie baking impulse. I had been trying to wait for Chris to get home to bake cookies, in part because I was scared that the bowl of the mixer would get stuck to the stand like it often does, and in part because I did not trust myself to be home alone with dozens of sugar cookies.


Self control? Not here. After all, I am the girl who ate raw slice and bake cookie dough by the tube while studying for finals in college.

Finally, when I could not resist any longer, I dragged the mixer out of the closet figuring that in the very worst case scenario I could bring it to my neighbor Bryan and ask him remove the stuck bowl for me. As I was about to start mixing ingredients, it dawned on me, I don’t have to make sugar cookies. I eyed the nearly empty jar of dog treats and a new idea was born.

After rummaging through our kitchen drawer for a few minutes, I finally found my trusty oats and peanut butter dog treat recipe. Normally I make them bone shaped, but why not make them in Christmas trees, gingerbread men (and women!), and stocking shapes? A new, more waistline friendly, breed of Christmas cookies was born!




  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups flour


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine wet ingredients in the bowl of a mixer.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, whisking together with a fork.
  • Slowly blend dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in the mixer bowl.
  • When dough is thoroughly mixed, roll out dough on a countertop to a 1/4 inch thickness. My dough was greasy enough not to stick to the counter.
  • Use cookie cutters to form cookies, placing each cookie on a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Re-ball, re-roll, and cookie cut scraps, repeating as necessary until all of the dough is used.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and allow treats to cool in oven until they are crispy.
  • Torment drooling Mastiff with gingerbread man. (Optional.)


  1. Ken B. said:

    Please, oh please, don’t tell Chris that they are dog treats, hide and wait (with camera) for him to try one, and post the ensuing facial and verbal expressions. C’mon, do it for us!!

    • Brit said:

      I told him while they were still in the oven. I can try to trick other people instead though…

  2. Dana said:

    Aww Duke is such a good boy waiting for his cookie 🙂

    • Brit said:

      He is pretty funny when he waits. If I make him wait for too long, he begins to drool everywhere. That kind of makes him the winner, not me. It definitely gives me incentive to let him have the treat sooner!

  3. Those are so cute… and for a dog too! Silly pet parents! 😉

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