Easy Cheesy Dog Treat Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
This time, it’s personal. I’ve got some new, personalized cookie cutters to try out – baking has never been so doggone fun!

As a homemade dog treat enthusiast, one of the biggest (first-world) problems I have is finding fun and interesting cookie cutters. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but the struggle is real (for me)! I have to feature at least two new recipes a month on PetGuide, and there are only so many times I can use the bone-shaped cutters.

With that backstory in mind, you’ll understand my gaiety when an email from Cookie Cutter Kingdom landed in my inbox, asking me to try their dog-shaped cookie cutters. The joy! The thrill! The elation! The sad realization that this is all it takes to get me excited!

Cookie Cutter Kingdom sent me a bunch of different dog shapes, complete with custom messages. Just a sampling includes a Pug (“Pug Life”), a Dachshund (“Good Dog”) and English Bulldog (“Wag”). They’re made from plastic (easy to clean), come in a range of cutter sizes, and the fonts can be customized as well as the message. I think they’d make wonderful gifts and will come in handy the next time I’m making dog treats for my next animal shelter bake sale fundraiser.

For the actual cookie cutting, you’ll have to roll out the dough to ½ thickness when using them to ensure the custom message is pressed into the dough firmly. That’s why the Easy Cheesy Dog Treat Recipe works well the Cookie Cutter Kingdom shapes – they’re meant to be thicker and softer to chew. And feel free to substitute another cheese for cheddar (depending on your dog’s preferences).

Easy Cheesy Dog Treat Recipe

Makes 15-20 cookies


1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup water or broth

1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Dough should be firm.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to ½ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool on racks for 4-6 hours.
  6. Store in airtight containers and keep in refrigerator or freezer.
Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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