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Can Dogs Have Cookies?

Can dogs have cookies? You may be enjoying a sweet treat and wonder if you can sneak your dog a bite too. Especially since they are most likely looking up at you with those big brown eyes, silently asking and begging you to do so!

While the short answer is both yes and no, we’re diving deeper into cookies and what kinds you can give your dog and what kinds you can’t. The short answer is dogs can enjoy cookies made with dog friendly ingredients — dog cookies! Some of John John’s favorite recipes include Peanut Butter Dog Cookies, Peanut Butter Biscotti for Dogs, and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Cookies. But, you should not give your dog any kind of human cookies.

woman and her pug in the kitchen eating cookies

Can dogs have cookies?

The short answer is yes, and no. Dogs can definitely enjoy cookies made with dog friendly ingredients (dog cookies) as a treat! But dogs should most likely never get human cookies because they usually contain ingredients that are not safe for dogs.

The biggest worry if dogs get a hold of a human cookie is cocoa and chocolate. Both of these ingredients have something called theobromine. This ingredient is incredibly toxic to dogs and cocoa powder has up to 50% more than chocolate! So if your dog gets a hold of any cookies with cocoa powder or chocolate, call your vet immediately!

What ingredients in cookies are toxic to dogs?

Cocoa and chocolate are the two most common ingredients in human cookies that are toxic to dogs. Because theobromine is in both and is incredibly toxic to dogs, do not ever give your dogs cookies with either of these ingredients. Raisins are another ingredient that are incredibly toxic to dogs, and you should immediately seek medical attention if your dog eats raisins. Other ingredients that are not good for dogs include sugar, butter, nuts, milk, cream, and more. This is why human cookies are usually always bad for dogs and it’s safer to not share human cookies with your furry friend.  

What ingredients can I make homemade dog cookies with?

Some common ingredients that are safe for dogs to eat that you can use to make your own homemade cookies include bananas, coconut oil, eggs, honey, pumpkin, carrots, oats, oat flour, coconut flour, all purpose flour, peanut butter, and cashew butter. These ingredients are all safe for dogs to enjoy in moderation in homemade cookies.

When choosing ingredients to make homemade dog cookies, always choose organic ingredients to avoid possible chemicals and GMOs. And, when choosing peanut butter or cashew butter always be sure the only ingredients are the peanuts or cashews. Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs, and it can be found in some nut butters.

John John and I have easy dog cookie recipes like our Peanut Butter Dog Cookies and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Cookies! These cookies are soft, chewy, and are completely safe for dogs. Our Homemade Christmas Dog Cookies are also a great recipe if you want to make cut out cookies. These are crispier cookie, which John John actually prefers! We also have a recipe for Peanut Butter Dog Biscotti! So, there are lots of cookies you can make for your dog with dog friendly ingredients! 

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