Gingerbread men dog biscuit recipe

by | Jun 16, 2013 | 40 comments

A homemade travel sickness rememdy for dogs

Add ginger to biscuits and you can make a delicious dog treat.  Ginger has been known for a long time to be very effective in combating motion sickness in dogs as well as people.  These biscuits are easy to make and dogs think they are very tasty whether they’re traveling or not!  Because we are making gingerbread men, I’m using a gingerbread man biscuit cutter, you can buy here if you need one.



  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 85g peanut butter
  • 60ml hot water
  • 10 grams ground ginger
  • 2 grams cinnamon


  • 6oz self raising flour
  • 3oz of peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


peanut butter in mixing bowl

Add 85g (3oz) of peanut butter to a bowl!

adding hot water to mixing bowl

Add 4 tablespoons of hot water to bowl

peanut butter and water mix

Give it a good mix

nosey dogs

Already the dogs are wondering what's getting made...

add flour to bowl

Add 170g (6oz) of self raising flour to bowl

adding ginger to mixing bowl

Add two teaspoons of ginger

adding cinnamon to mixing bowl

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

dog biscuit dough ball

Now add a little water, just enough to make a dough, roll up your sleeves and really mix

rolled out dough

Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and preheat oven to 200°C

raw biscuits on baking tray

Cut out biscuits and place on baking tray

cooked dog biscuits

Cook for 15-20 mins until golden brown

feeding dog a homemade dog biscuit

Give to dog! Very tasty!

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Can these be frozen?

    • yes

  2. Hi Jamie – do you happen to know if the quantity stays the same if I use ground ginger instead of fresh?

    • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger is the equivalent to 1 1/4 teaspoons of ground or 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger. Hope this helps.

    • Great – first batch made in time for a playdate this weekend, and so far they’re a hit!

    • Waiting (sort of) patiently for a second one…

    • Ah, brill thanks for posting that. Very sweet and biscuits look great!

  3. Just took a batch of these out of the oven. They look lovely. Will let you know what my doggos think later.

  4. I love these lovely biscuits for my five dogs and they definitely love them ?????

    • Aww thanks Sharon, glad your dogs like them!

  5. Can I freeze the ginger bread men ?

  6. My dog was not keen, wouldn’t eat them.

  7. just found your recipes loads to try am going to make various biscuits to help raise money for a dog rescue, can you substitute the self raising flour for wholemeal flour ?

    • Yeah any flour is fine. Hope it goes well.

  8. Only just found you but have made these twice now and my dog adores them. So do I – they’re so easy to do – and I know exactly what’s in them rather than shop bought ‘lottery’ treats. This time as I made them she was laying by my feet – I think she knew!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Thanks Marie, that’s very kind of you to comment. Glad your dog likes them too. Try the sardine oatcakes if you haven’t already. A personal fave of mine. 🙂


  9. Hi Jamie,

    I have just made a batch of these for Kobi our Cockapoo and he loves them. They are simplicity in themselves to make, thanks for sharing it ? ? Howard & Kobi

    • Thanks Howard. Glad Kobi loves them. Hope you both have a great Christmas!

  10. Our dog loved these, thanks for the great recipe 🙂

    • Thanks Linzi. That’s very kind of you to say. It’s one of my faves too but gets overlooked somewhat for the other recipes.

  11. Cinnamon is bad for dogs, it needs to be Ceylon cinnamon in dog food.

    • Cinnamon is fine for dogs…it’s nutmeg that isn’t good for them.

  12. Just made these for my dogs. They smell so good that my daughter wants to try them as well!

    • Thank you. Got a doodle who is sick going just a few miles up the road in the car. Hoping these will help.

  13. Just found your website after someone at a recent dog show told us about your recipes. The lady gave our German Shepherd a piece of liver cake and she loved it so am about to make some!! She doesn’t travel too good (drools terribly) so am going try her with the gingerbread biscuits too. Thanks

  14. Hi, dogs love your snaps thanks. Am going on holiday, how long do these keep & how best to store.
    Many thanks

  15. Just made some Gingerbread Greyhounds for the Somerset GRWE show – they look great and Teddie (greyhound) thinks they’re yummy. Thank you for a super recipe

  16. my dog gets really car sick how long before a journey should I give her these biscuits.

    • Hey!

      Try 30 mins before you leave. I’ve had a few dogs that suffer from travel sickness. One remedy is a good run before travelling. Tbh, if it was my dog, I’d exercise it, then car drive, somewhere nice to walk with dog, car drive, somewhere else nice and do this for a few days.


  17. Didn’t have any little men cutters so used small bone and ‘Setter’ shape cutters. Met with a little suspicion at first but now my IRS loves these.

  18. what is the store life in this xx

    • They are the longest lasting treats on my website. I know they can last two weeks in a jar.

  19. Oh nooo!! I’ve just ran out of self raising flour and i want to try these!! Grrr!! 🙂

    Will need to remember to check the bible of Jamie before baking in future!

    • Did you get by without or did you buy some C? Pic from you FB page looks great!

    • I found a rogue bag that had fallen to the back of the cupboard and had just enough to make these! The dogs loved them and the people at dog club thought they smelled great! A nice change from the usual pongy liver and tuna cakes we usually have smelling out our pockets. Waggy tails all around 🙂

  20. Great recipe, my little cocker spaniel loves these. Made them by cutting out shapes using the end of an apple corer, so they made good little bite size treats for training too. Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks Michelle! 🙂

    • Hi, was wondering if you use powdered ginger or fresh?

    • Looks like powdered from the pictures Di. I’m going to make these for my sister’s dog who gets really car sick, might even keep a few for my own dog too!!

    • Powdered, but either or…

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