Drizzled with melted carob, these scrumptious cookies are the perfect treat for birthdays, special occasions, or "just because."
cranberry oatmeal dog cookie
Credit: Daily Paws / Jason Donnelly

No matter if you're celebrating your pup's birthday, gotcha day, or just want to bake up some scrumptious treats for fun—these cranberry oatmeal cookies make the perfect sweet treat for your dog. Cranberries are the star of this recipe, and the tart fruit offers multiple health benefits to your pup. While these treats appear to be garnished with chocolate, they are actually drizzled with melted carob, a safe alternative. Now grab your cookie cutters and get baking—your dog is sure to thank you for your effort.

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 30 mins

Stand: 15 mins

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Yield: 48 2 1/2-inch cookies


  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cranberries, finely chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup water, as needed
  • ½ cup carob and/or yogurt coating chips, melted


Step One
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. 

Step Two
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, cranberries, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, molasses, and coconut oil. Add egg mixture to flour and stir to combine, adding water, a little at a time, until a firm dough forms.

Step Three
On a well-floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thick. Using a dog bone cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes, re-rolling scraps as needed. Using a fork, poke 4 holes in the center of each cookie. Place shapes on prepared pans, spacing 1 inch apart. 

Step Four
Bake treats for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let cookies cool inside for at least 1 hour (this will help make them crisp). Lightly drizzle cookies with melted carob and/or yogurt chips and let stand about 15 minutes or until set.


*Do not substitute raisins for the dried cranberries. Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs.

Treats should make up no more than 10 percent of a dog's daily calorie intake.

Storage: Transfer decorated cookies to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw before serving.