Dog Cookies & Kid Treats

The recipes: My dog's favorite cookie recipe, All Natural Dog Treats. Plus, just in time for Halloween, "Black Cat Bites" for kids, they masquerade as "Reindeer Rations" at Christmas, "Bunny Pellets" at Easter. Plus, Homemade Fudgesicles, so easy!

First published in print in 2003, published online for the first time in 2008.

My Lady loves Good-Dog Cookies! All-Natural Dog Treats, just pantry ingredients, no chemicals or preservatives.

Let’s be clear: The first recipe is for dogs, not people. Repeat: Dogs. But are they good cookies for dogs? Or are they cookies for good dogs? Both, I’d say, since the good dogs I know chew ‘em up and beg for more.

Make up a batch for your favorite canines. Woof! Yummy-woof! Woof!

In contrast, Dog Chow for Kids is definitely people food, well, kid food anyway. With just a tad of imagination, it’s amazingly versatile. At Halloween, Dog Chow transforms magically into Black-Cat Bites. At Christmas, surprise, out comes Reindeer Rations. At Easter, whip up a batch of Bunny Pellets.

The recipe remains the same. Only the name is changed to entertain the innocent.

FUDGESICLES are delicious for kids and grown-ups alike. Beat a small box of chocolate pudding mix, 2-1/2 cups cold milk and 1/2 cup sugar until creamy. Pour into popsicle molds, add wooden sticks and freeze.

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Good Dog-Cookies aka Good-Dog Cookies
Mixing and cutting: 20 minutes
Baking: 2 hours
Makes 2 dozen large and 2 dozen small cookies
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/1/2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Stir together flour and oats with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl. Stir in oil and warm water until well blended. The dough should have the consistency of playdough so if needed, add a bit of flour or water. On a floured surface, pat or roll the dough until about the thickness of a pencil. With a bone-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer to greased baking sheet. Bake at 300F for one hour or until crisp.


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes about 5 cups
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 12 ounces Rice Chex
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar

Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a Dutch oven or large kettle. Add Rice Chex and stir slightly. Place mixture in a large bowl, add powdered sugar and shake to cover. Pour onto a baking sheet, separate the cereal pieces.

Reindeer Rations (or Bunny Pellets, Dog Chow, you pick the name) are easy to make and fun for kids.

Kids love this stuff! And we all know that kids, especially boys, love "gross" stuff so they giggle with the thought of eating "Reindeer Rations" or "Bunny Pellets" or "Dog Chow" or "Black-Cat Bites". Make up your own name! The recipe for Reindeer Rations is above!

More Sweet Treats for Halloween & Kids Parties

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*That's* how you make fudgesicles?!? It's that easy?!!? Dang! I'm going to do this. Plus, I imagine you could use low-fat pudding mix, skim milk and Splenda to make them more low calorie. Thanks Alanna!
I want to make my dog these cookies, he will love them. Thanks!

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