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Smiley Face Homemade Dog Cookies

Homemade dog cookies like these Smiley Face dog cookies, make great gifts and they are fun to make for your own dog and her friends!

Smiley Face dog cookies are cute as a button and they are easy enough for kids to make, on a rainy afternoon, when they something fun to do…

However, don’t be mistaken. These cute little homemade dog cookies are not just for kids and dogs. You will have a great time making them, too!


Smiley Face homemade dog cookies
are fun and easy to make!

Smiley Face homemade dog cookies

Tips on Making
Smiley Face Dog Cookies

Made from whole grains, Parmesan cheese and bacon bits, these home-made dog cookies are as healthy as they are cute!

Yet, even though they are as easy as pie, there are some things to keep in mind when you are making them.

When I first made Smiley Face cookies, I tried to use millet or sunflower seeds for the smiles. However, after trying this a few times, I learned that the millet and sunflower seeds just didn’t stick, and they fell off pretty quickly.

So I started to make the smiles, using a sharp knife to cut into each cookie, about 1/4”. This works a lot better, and you don’t have to be as careful when handling the dog treats.

To a lesser degree, the eyes had the same issue. However, I found that using 2 puppy food kibbles and pressing them firmly into the cookies before baking, kept the eyes in place. I use the Costco brand of puppy food.

The bacon bits in the recipe are optional. And you can use real bacon bits (or pieces) or you can use imitation soy bacon bits. Why not try both, and see which kind your dog likes best?


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Ingredients for Smiley Face
Homemade Dog Cookies


Directions For Smiley Face
Homemade Dog Cookies

  • Place all the ingredients in your bread machine or mix in a heavy duty mixer with a dough hook.
  • Set the bread maker for the dough cycle
  • When the dough is finished, remove it and divide it into thirds.
  • Roll each ball of dough into a sheet that is ¼” thick.
  • Cut circles that are about 1 ½” to 2” in diameter. I use a biscuit cutter for this. If you don’t have one, you can use a small glass. Dip the cutter or glass in flour in between cuts so that the dough doesn’t stick to it.cookie
  • Place the smiley face circles on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  • Put puppy dog food circles on each face where the eyes should be.
  • Taking a sharp knife, gently cut the smile into each circle face.
  • Bake the dog treats for about 1 hour at 275-300 degrees F. Check frequently to make sure that they don’t get too brown.
  • Turn off the oven and let the dog cookies dry in the oven for several hours or overnight. When completely done, the cookies will be dry and snappy crisp.

You can store these homemade dog cookies at room temperature for several months. But, I’m willing to bet that they won’t last that long, because your dog is sure to love them!


Here are some more home-made dog treats that your dog might like:

Carob Chip Cookies for Dogs
Carob Chip Cookies
for Dogs
Fire Hydrant Dog Cookie Recipe
Fire Hydrant
Dog Cookies
Pumpkin Dog Cookie Recipe
Pumpkin Dog
Cookie Recipe


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