Gingerbread Dog House

Make this pet-safe gingerbread house for your puppy
Gingerbread Dog House

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

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!

Gingerbread Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Gingerbread Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.