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Day 19 – Pumpkin, Apple and Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

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I decided to take a leap of faith here and try something new. No I’ve never made dog cookies before, but I had to. Just had to. Poor little Cilantro sits there and watches me every day as I make the daily cookie, and his cute little face just looked so sad. I knew he wanted one, but since most of my recipes involve some ingredient that his little digestive system can’t handle, I decided that I had to make something special just for him. Besides the occasional eating of the furniture, he’s a pretty good dog. Although, he’s not very bright. Poor thing. He really tries. So I made this dog cookie and incorporated all the ingredients he loves into one.

Don’t worry, I did my research. For the most part, I already know what dogs can and can’t have and what they can have in moderation. Now I don’t suggest going and substituting these treats for their regular everyday dog food. They are meant to be a reward, so don’t go overboard!

Now Cilantro will eat just about anything you put in front of him. He is not picky at all, so although this cookie recipe works for him, it may not work for all puppies. Add an ingredient, subtract another. If your dog doesn’t like pumpkin, then eliminate it! This isn’t rocket science people.

Pumpkiny =)

Cilantro when he was itty bitty.

Pumpkin, Apple and Peanut Butter Dog Cookies: The pumpkin, apple and peanut butter part sounds pretty delicious doesn’t it!? Go ahead and try a bite. These cookies won’t hurt you, but they won’t melt your heart in delicious flavor either. I don’t like rice flour, but I did try a bite and although I thought that every other cookie I’ve ever had was better (=, Cilantro loved the little piece I gave him! I promise I only gave him a piece though, these are Christmas presents! I couldn’t go and completely spoil the surprise.

These ingredients make a surprisingly great combination, for a dog.

They won’t hurt you. Try a bite!

In the end, I decided to include my parents dogs, Fritzy and Penelope, who are both American Eskimos. Fritz is a standard size, in which he is pretty large and in charge. Penelope is a miniature and itty bitty. I also included my sister’s dog, Pippa, who…SURPRISE!…is also an American Eskimo. She is so tiny and quite the little dare devil. They will all be here in a couple of days for the holiday, and I can’t wait for them to try them out! And if you were wondering, yes we love American Eskimos. They are just so fluffy, how can you not!?

I’ll let you know what they all think =).

Puppy Treats =)

Woof Woof!

So I’d like to mention that in the directions I told you to roll the dough out to 3/4in – 1in thick. I did not do this for my cookies. I should have though. The only thing I would have changed is how thin I made the cookies. I suggest following my guidance and making them a bit thicker.

Roll them a little on the thick side.

So tomorrow is our last day for 20 Days of Christmas Cookies. It’s been a fun run, but I’m ready for a break =). I am however very excited for this last recipe. I turn your sugar cookie batter into a cake batter and transform them into beautiful cake pops. This will be a great end to a terrific series. See you all tomorrow!

I hope your doggies enjoy them!


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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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