Sustainable noshes you can personalize for your puppers
Got 40 seconds? Watch this mini video (with your dog-child!) for inspiration.
Peterra Kitchen Thumbprint Cookies for Dogs
- PREHEAT the oven to 350°F (that’s 175°C).
- GRAB a medium bowl and pour in the dry mix from the package.
- STIR the dry mix well with 2/3 cup (that’s 156 milliliters) of water until a dough ball is formed. (It should feel kind of like playdough!) Ideally, aim to stir for 2 full minutes. If the dough seems a bit sticky, let it stand for 5 minutes before rolling into balls. (Tip: See our FAQ if you need more guidance.)
- ROLL the dough between your hands into 30 balls.* (It’s OK if you get slightly more or less!) Each ball will be about 1 fully-rounded measuring teaspoon (that’s 11 grams) each. Or, instead of using your hands, you can use a mini cookie scoop (that’s size #100 scooper for those in-the-know on baking tools!).
- PLACE the balls directly onto a large baking sheet. No need to grease it or use parchment paper.
- PRESS each ball with your thumb to form a thumbprint cookie.
- BAKE for 13 minutes. The cookies will be firm on the outside with a chewy texture. You don’t need to wait for them to rise or turn brown.
- TRANSFER the cookies using a spatula to a cooling rack and let them completely cool before feeding them to your dog. (Do not serve hot!)
- SERVE … if your dog hasn’t already snuck off with one (or more)!
Most dogs enjoy these sustainable treats as is. But you can also break up the noshes into smaller bite-size pieces as treats. And you can fill the thumbprint (or pinky print) with enticing fillings that fit your pupper’s diet, transforming them into mouthwatering (and playful!) appe-teasers or party-time desserts, if you choose. For instance, fill with:
- no-salt, no-sugar peanut butter
- unsweetened whipped cream
- mashed banana or banana “nice cream” (just blend frozen banana)
- plain cream cheese
- fancy chicken or salmon mousse (simply blend cream cheese with plain protein)
Follow these suggested serving guidelines for feeding the thumbprint cookies to your pup based on their size:
- Feed up to one cookie (or two mini-cookies) per day per 10 pounds body weight.
Of course, you can individualize the amount of thumbprint cookies you feed to your dog-child by providing them less than these guidelines suggest. However, it’s not advisable to feed more than these serving guidelines since intended for supplemental feeding only.
*Hint: Keri (our co-founder) likes to vary the toppings for Cooper — some days it’s peanut butter, others it’s cream cheese!
Store the unopened packaged baking mix can in a cool, dry spot, like in a kitchen pantry away from direct sunlight or heat. Check the “best by” date on the package and be sure to bake by that date for optimal freshness.
Store the prepared thumbprint cookies in a sealable container for up to:
- 1 day at room temperature.
- 5 days in fridge (though up to 1 week is fine!)
- 6 months in freezer
Ideally, we love storing the cookies in earth-friendly containers (which means no plastic and no single-use containers!), such as:
- Mason jars or other sealable glass containers
- Silcone sealable reusable containers, like Stasher® bags
- Airtight stainless steel containers with lids featuring a silicone seal
Nutrition Statement: This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with questions regarding your pet’s diet.