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Gingerbread Dog House

Make this pet-safe gingerbread house for your puppy

How adorable is this pet-friendly house?

Keep the winter festivities going by treating your pup to a gingerbread dog house made from all of his or her favorite PetSmart® treats!

This recipe is couresty of PetSmart.


For the Dog-Friendly Gingerbread

  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup blackstrap molasses
  • 6 Cups unbleached flour
  • 6 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Cup water

For the Dog-Friendly Icing

  • 8 Ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 Ounces natural peanut butter

For the Decorating

  • Milk-Bone treats
  • Pup-Peroni treats
  • Milo’s Kitchen treats


For the Dog-Friendly Gingerbread

In a saucepan, bring the butter and molasses to boil. Let it cool to room temperature and transfer to a mixer. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Stir flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl. Add 2 cups of flour to the molasses mixture and mix. Add egg, egg yolk, and remaining flour into the mixture and mix. Add 1 cup of water and mix until dough ball forms. The dough should be sticky. Add water in small amounts (1/4cup-1 cup) if needed. Roll out dough to ¼’’ thick and cut out the walls, roof, and door for your dog house. Bake in a non-stick tray at 325 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.

For the Dog-Friendly Icing

Blend the low-fat cream cheese and the natural peanut butter for a sticky icing that will keep the gingerbread walls together.

For the Decorating

Frame the gingerbread pieces into the shape of a dog house, using the icing to hold the pieces together.

Here’s some of our favorite ways to decorate: Pup-Peroni® treats are perfect for lining the outside walls of your gingerbread dog house. Milo’s Kitchen® make great shingles for a roof. Milk-Bone® treats are the perfect fit for a dog house door and chimney. The hardest part of this DIY will be getting your dog to share his or her tasty treat!