Dog Treat - Gingerbread House RecipeBecause today is Gingerbread House Day, we thought we would be a little different and bring you a gingerbread dog house recipe.
We know the holidays are chock full of baked goods and treats for the humans. The good news is, with a few choice ingredients for a gingerbread house recipe for the dogs, you can make a pet safe Christmas treat your canine friends will give you the five star paws of excellence for. From our friends at Petsmart:

Note – These are intended for treats, not as food.

Treat your best friend to a happy holiday season by including him or her in your favorite traditions. Here’s a twist on a classic—a gingerbread house recipe made with some popular PetSmart® treats!

Ingredients for the dog-friendly gingerbread house recipe:

  • 6 cups of unbleached flour
  • 6 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cup water (can be from doggie bowl)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (optional)

Dog Treat - Gingerbread House RecipeBaking:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the butter and molasses to a boil. Let it cool to room temperature and transfer to a mixer.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Stir flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in large bowl.
  4. Add two cups of flour to the molasses mixture and mix.
  5. Add egg, egg yolk and remaining flour into the mixture and mix.
  6. Add one cup of water and mix until dough ball forms. The dough should be sticky. Add water in small amounts (¼ cup-cup) if needed.
  7. Roll out dough to ¼’’ thick and cut out the walls, roof and door for your dog house.
  8. Bake in a non-stick tray at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Now for the fun part, decorating!

What you will need for the dog-friendly icing:

  • 8 ounces of low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces of natural peanut butter (creamy peanut butter is a great addition to your dog’s favorite treats!)

Dog Treat - Gingerbread House RecipePetSmart® treats you’ll need for decorating:

Decorating Tips:

  1. Frame the gingerbread pieces into the shape of a dog house, using the icing to hold the pieces together.
  2. Pup-Peroni® treats are perfect for lining the outside walls of your gingerbread dog house.
  3. Milo’s Kitchen® make great shingles for a roof.
  4. Milk-Bone® treats are the perfect fit for a dog house door and chimney.

And that’s it! This gingerbread house recipe is an easy, fun way to create a novel treat for your dog(s). It’s a great project to make your pets feel included in the season’s festivities.

If you would like to see a little different version created as you watch – you will find this video useful:

Related articles that may interest you – Dealing with Christmas Holiday Stress for Pets and 10 Best Dog and Cat Toys for Christmas Gifts

Attribution – from our friends at Petsmart.com