Dog Bone Cookies


recipe courtesy Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 3

a Leisure Arts Publication

This is a basic recipe that allows for changes and add-ins.  According to my neighbor who tried these before giving them to his dog, they taste like a hard cracker.  I’ll have to take his word for it, all I know is that these dogs here just love them. Enjoy!



2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

1/4 wheat germ (optional, I added this, but it is not in the original recipe)

1/4 cup sunflower kernels, finely chopped (I didn’t have any this time, but I’ve used them before)

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup molasses

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk ( I’ve substituted lobster broth for the milk, our dogs love seafood)

2 Tablespoons oil ( this can be switched for bacon grease, or a mixture of oil and peanut butter)

Cheese, shredded-if you use cheese, the bone cookies should be kept in the fridge

Most dog bone recipes I’ve seen call for garlic. As far as I’m concerned, our dogs already have bad enough breath without adding garlic to the mix.  Cod liver oil is another ingredient I’ve seen a lot in recipes. I’ve never used it, but I would imagine you could substitute it for the 2 Tablespoons oil.




1. Mix all ingredients, adding more milk if needed to make dough firm.


2. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness.


3. Cut out cookies. (I like the bone-shaped cutter, but a fire hydrant looks cute, too.)


4. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 350°F. for 30 minutes, or until lightly toasted.


5. Place on rack to cool. Store in a sealed container or treat jar. These make nice gifts for your furry friends.