Gingerbread Icebox Cookies are a dog-friendly version of the classic holiday cookies that are easy to make and fun to decorate. They are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, peanut butter, molasses, and dried fruits. You can also top them with some festive dog treats for extra crunch and flavor.
1/2 cup Wellness Complete Health Adult Deboned Chicken + Oatmeal Recipe Dry Dog Food, finely ground in a food processor
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 large egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon real maple syrup (do not substitute imitation maple syrup as it can contain Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 cup pet-safe chicken broth
3/4 cup of dried and/or freeze-dried fruits, chopped into larger chunks (including kiwi, papaya, strawberries)
Handful of Old Mother Hubbard Winter Fun P-Nuttier Crunchy Dog Treats as cookie topper
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the ground Wellness dog food and flour in a bowl. Stir in the cinnamon and ground ginger.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with a fork. Add the peanut butter, molasses, maple syrup, grated ginger, and chicken broth and mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms. You may need to use your hands to knead the dough.
Place the dough on a sushi rolling mat or a sheet of parchment paper. Roll the dough into a log shape, about 15 inches long and 2 inches in diameter.
Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
Unwrap the log and cut it into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place the slices on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and firm.
Let the cookies cool completely on the pan.
To decorate the cookies, you can make a simple dog-friendly icing by mixing 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. You can also add some food coloring if you want to make different colors.
Use a small spoon or a piping bag to drizzle the icing over the cookies. Press a dog treat on top of each cookie while the icing is still wet.
Let the icing set before serving or storing the cookies in an airtight container.