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Recipe: Carob Cookies for Dogs

These tasty treats are made with carob powder, a healthy substitute for cocoa powder in dog treats. Although it has a slightly different taste, carob powder is much healthier than cocoa and is safe for our canine companions. If you're looking for a safe homemade treat recipe, these carob cookies for dogs will make a great snack for your pup.

Carob powder only contains 1/3 of the calories of traditional cocoa powder, and it is  hypoallergenic. Unlike cocoa, carob contains no caffeine. Containing up to 80% protein, carob is a great choice for humans and dogs. It contains:

  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • potassium
  • manganese
  • vitamins A, B, B2, B3, and D

This recipe using carob powder yields great tasting homemade dog treats which are healthy and 100% safe for your dog. As you can see in the photo above, I like to decorate the treats with icing. You can skip this step if you're trying to cut out some calories.

Carob Cookies for Dogs Recipe

Carob Cookies for DogsThe only way that you can be sure you know the exact ingredients in your dog's food or treats is by making them yourself. By making your own dog treats at home, you can ensure your pet’s health and safety. These carob cookies for dogs are adorable and would make a great gift. You can also serve them as a tempting treat for your own dog.


Recipe: Carob Cookies for Dogs

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Carob is made from the pod of a carob tree. There is a sweet pulp inside the pod that is dried, roasted and then ground into a powder. It has a nuttier flavor than cocoa that is appetizing to both dogs and people.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Biscuit Treats
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dog Treats



Carob Cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tbsp. carob powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. raw honey


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. raw honey


Preheat your oven to 400˚F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal and carb powder together. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the water, oil, egg, honey and peanut butter. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and continue to knead until it forms a ball of dough.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4″ thick. You cookie cutters to cut desired shapes. You could also cut the dough into small squares using a pizza dough cutter or butter knife.

Lay the cookies on a well greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. You'll know they are done because they'll be darker and begin to crack on the top.

If you'd like to frost the cookies, you can prepare the glaze while the cookies are baking. Combine the yogurt, cornstarch and honey in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Once these carob cookies for dogs have completely cooled, you can spread a small amount of glaze on top of each. I use a fine tipped frosting bag to draw designs on the cookies.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 48
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 8 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5 g
  • Fiber: .4 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg

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Keep in mind that the nutritional information above includes the glaze. Store leftover treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 12-14 days. Remember that easy DIY dog treats do not have the preservatives that store bought products do. They will not last as long. If you'd like, you can freeze these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.