Recipe courtesy of Woof Gang Bakery

Nutty Squirrels Dog Treats

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: about 35 nutty squirrel dog treats
Dogs love squirrels: chasing them, barking at them, and at Woof Gang Bakery, eating cookies shaped like them. Bakers at the nationwide chain use a special cookie cutter to make the critter-inspired treats, then top the tails with crushed peanuts to look like a squirrel’s signature bushy fur. That’s part of what makes these cookies so beloved — the other part is the taste. “Peanut butter is by far the most popular of any flavor we sell,” says Jason Schaefer, who serves the cookies at two locations in Florida. Once pups give them a try, they won’t even notice the real squirrels running by! — Nora Horvath for Food Network Magazine



  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚ F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the water, peanut butter, molasses and canola oil in the bowl of a stand mixer. Slowly add the flour and mix on low speed until all the ingredients are combined and a dough forms.
  2. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface and roll out to a 3/8-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with a squirrel cookie cutter; use a toothpick to make the eyes and a knife to score the arms and legs.
  3. Place the cutouts scored-side down on the baking sheet. Place a second baking sheet on top to prevent air bubbles from forming. Bake 15 minutes, then remove the top baking sheet, flip the cutouts and continue baking, uncovered, until just golden and slightly firm, 5 to 10 more minutes.
  4. Turn off the oven but keep the treats in the oven to dry, 2 hours (this will allow all the moisture to evaporate completely). Remove from the oven and spread a small amount of peanut butter on the tail with a knife; dip the tail in crushed peanuts. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to set. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.