Dog friendly gingerbread recipe

We're not the only ones who enjoy a treat or two at Christmas time - your dog will also adore these festive homemade gingerbread biscuits.

Our version cuts out the sugar, and intensifies the ginger flavour for a tasty kick your dog is sure to enjoy.

Trainer Hayley Simpson who tried our recipe on her two dogs Max and Bex says: “It definitely passed the test, they loved it. I also tried it myself and it tastes really nice! It’s perfect for vegetarians as well as for dogs and a great idea for Christmas.”

The recipe


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (or wheat-free flour for dogs with wheat allergies).
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (keep this to a minimum as too much can lead to mouth blisters!).
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves (Please do not substitute this for garlic as this is toxic to dogs).
  • 1/2 cup runny honey or molasses
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or flaxseed oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F / 160°C / gas mark 3.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, ginger, cinnamon and cloves until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, using a sturdy spoon, stir together the honey, water and oil.
  4. Pour the mixture into the flour.
  5. Using the same sturdy spoon, stir ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  6. Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Use your favourite cookie cutters to cut shapes.
  8. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  9. Place your cut outs on the baking sheet.
  10. Continue to roll and cut out shapes with the remaining dough.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Storing  The gingerbread dough will keep fresh for several weeks in the refrigerator or you can keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Yield  Using a 2 inch cookie cutter, you should yield approximately 28 dog biscuits.

If you’re feeling extra festive, try this…

  • Advent calendar – Make or buy an advent calendar with 24 pockets and pop a gingerbread dog cookie in each
  • Gingerbread dog kennel – Roll the dough and cut around a cardboard template to create the four sides and roof. Bake extra dry to make your very own gingerbread dog house. Instead of decorating with Royal icing (which has a high sugar content) you can assemble it and decorate using firm cream cheese instead. Alternatively make the dog kennel for display only and fill it with bite sized gingerbread dog cookies for your dog to enjoy a daily treat.
  • Doggy bags – Bake a large batch of gingerbread dog cookies, pop a few into little bags and tie with ribbon to make a sweet and personal gift for all your four-legged friends.

A creative idea you could use the recipe to make. A Christmas dog kennel!


If your pooch enjoyed this yummy Christmas treat, then you can take a look at our popular recipe for doggy liver cake here.

We recommend that these gingerbread biscuits should only be used as a tasty reward, and given to your dog in small quantities as part of a balanced diet. We also recommend that it should only be given to dogs and puppies over the age of six-months old. If you have any concerns about giving your dog a home cooked treat please check with your vet first.

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