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Gingerbread for Dogs: The Best Gingerbread Dog Treat Recipe

Run, run as fast as you can! This gingerbread dog treat recipe will be a festive hit these holidays.

In delicious news, we’ve found the best gingerbread dog treat recipe to spoil your pup this Christmas.

Yes, it’s a ~spicy~ claim to make…but why not let your pooch be the judge!

Healthy, easy to make, dog-safe and utterly scrumptious, these homemade gingerbread cookies for dogs are a great way to celebrate the season with your best friend.

And is there anything better than the smell of warm gingerbread, fresh from the oven, filling your house with festive cheer? Gingerbread sure has a lifelong place in our hearts (and our pups hearts too!)

So if you’re looking for a fun, festive and simple Christmas dog treat recipe, you can’t go wrong with dog-friendly gingerbread!

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Gingerbread for Dogs: The Best Gingerbread Dog Treat Recipe

A seasonal favourite amongst pet parents and sure to be a hit at all your dog-friendly holiday gatherings…

Here’s how to make your own homemade gingerbread dog treats!

Gingerbread for Dogs: The Best Gingerbread Dog Treat Recipe

  • 1 and 1/4 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 3 Cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped Fresh Ginger

You’ll need:

Gingerbread for Dogs: Homemade Gingerbread Dog Treat Recipe

How to make dog-safe gingerbread:

1. Get two large bowls. In one bowl combine the water, olive oil, molasses and honey. In the second bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, cloves and finely chopped ginger.

2. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until all are combined.

3. Divide the dough into two, wrap and refrigerate for minimum 3.5 hours.

4. Once chilled, remove dough from fridge and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness (less than a centimetre).

5. Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F).

6. Use your Gingerbread Cookie Cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place on baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

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More handy hints!

* Makes around 20 large gingerbread treats.

* I actually found leaving 1/2 cup of the water aside made it easier to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Then as they combined to form a dough, I added the remaining water to ensure the mixture didn’t become too wet and sticky.

* The dough needs to be chilled for a minimum 3.5 hours but can be chilled up to 5 hours.

* Once the biscuits are cooled you can decorate with drizzled carob or yogurt drops if desired. I rolled the off-cuts into little buttons for the Gingerbread men!

Recipe variation: Gingerbread houses for dogs

If you love the idea of gingerbread houses for dogs, this recipe can be used for that too!

Instead of using a Gingerbread man cookie cutter, you can either cut the house shapes out yourself, or use a cute gingerbread house cookie cutter (like this top-rated cookie cutter by Ann Clark).

Then, simply attach the pieces together using peanut butter, white carob drops or low-fat cream cheese, which can be used to decorate your houses too.

Homemade gingerbread cookies for dogs

Can dogs eat gingerbread?

Is gingerbread safe for dogs? This is a common question among pet parents!

You might be surprised to hear the answer is no. This is due to a popular ingredient used in regular gingerbread that is actually a no-no for dogs.

Which ingredient is the culprit…? Nutmeg. Beneath its warm, nutty flavour is a toxin called myristicin which is harmful to dogs, especially in large quantities.

So, while human gingerbread isn’t safe for dogs, you needn’t worry – this gingerbread dog treat recipe is completely dog-friendly. It contains absolutely no nutmeg, and only pooch-safe ingredients!

However as we always say, these homemade dog treats are just that – treats only! They should not replace your dog’s regular meal plans. 

Always check with your vet about any major changes to your dog’s diet, or if you have any questions or concerns about what you are feeding your pup.

Ok…but is ginger good for dogs?

Yes, ginger is safe for dogs! Dogs can eat ginger in small quantities on a regular basis, as it contains anti-viral, non-toxic, and anti-fungal properties.

Ginger is also gentle on dog’s stomachs and promotes healthy bowels. It’s one of the many reasons why ginger is especially a great healthy herb for senior dogs.

How long are gingerbread dog treats good for?

Gingerbread dog treats can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Enjoy – we hope you and your pup love this recipe!

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25 responses to “Gingerbread for Dogs: The Best Gingerbread Dog Treat Recipe”

  1. I love that these are peanut free! It is so hard to find a good homemade dog biscuit recipe that doesn’t contain peanut butter. Me (and my treat lovin’ pooch) thank you!

  2. Kath Quinn says:

    If you want to make cookies in the shape of your favorite dog, you’ll find a wide variety of dog breed cookie cutters at:


  3. Whitney Childress says:

    Can another kind of oil be used in place of the olive oil? And, can oat or rice flour be used instead of whole wheat flour?

    • Absolutely Whitney – you can use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (a very healthy substitute) and oat or rice flour.

      You sometimes need a little extra flour when you use rice flour, but play with the dough consistency and you’ll get there 🙂

  4. Lindsey says:

    Love this! I was able to make 85 mini gingerbread men with the amounts list above. I had to add about 1/4-1/2 cup of flour as my dough was sticky but that happens with a lot of recipes for me so it was GREAT! Thank you for the great recipe! I’m a huge gingerbread freak and for our brand new puppy to come on Christmas day he has to be initiated into a gingerbread family with a doggie version!

    • That’s awesome Lindsay!
      I’m the same with flour – depending on the weather/season I sometimes need to add extra to make the dough roll well.
      Hope you and your new puppy have a Merry Christmas 🙂

  5. Cute! I know Lola and Rio will love these – Pinned this recipe 🙂

  6. Carolina says:

    I enjoy all the dog pictures! They are cute and I love dogs! I like to cook and cooking for your dogs is a way to share the love with them!

  7. Sirena says:

    Hi. I want to swap the wheat flour for coconut flour. I read the ratio 4:1, does that sound right?

  8. Mugs says:

    These look great, could dry ginger (powdered) be used in place of fresh in a pinch?

  9. Muddy Paws says:

    Great post. In fact we loved it so much that we included in our ‘Top 6 dog biscuit and treat recipes for Christmas’ post which you can see here –

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