Paws, Bones & Dog Cookies, 3 Ways

No joke, I’m a dog person. I didn’t realize this until I fell in love with Bailey. Yes, I grew up with Raisin, our family dog. And yes, I’ve always loved my sister’s Golden, Daisy. But man, Bailey just gets me. He’s my buddy while the boys are away at school, he’s my hiking pal, and he’s there snoozing on his pillow while I’m baking. Dare I say he’s my muse? For these Paws, Bones and Dog Cookies he definitely was!

My Dawg - Cookies 3 Ways


Bailey inspired three versions of the sugar cookie for this post:

  1. Animal Cookies – but forget zoo animals; these are all canine shapes.
  2. Bone Cookies – easy to make, and easy to disappear.
  3. Sausage Dog Cookies – a tad more complex well worth it.

Cute Canine Cutters by Meri Meri


These canine cutters were just too great to pass up – they made a great animal cookie. After cutting out the shapes and baking the cookie, separately melt white and pink chocolate melts. Make sure you do this over parchment or wax paper to prevent too much dripping, or the cookie sticking to a surface. Add rainbow sprinkles before the chocolate dries.

Canine Animal Cookies


I love it when Bailey and I are out hiking and another dog walks by – he simply sits and waits for the dog to approach him to say hello. He’s a gentleman like that. While we haven’t encountered any Dachshunds recently, these sausage dog cutters crack me up.

Hello Sausage by Meri Meri

These cookies are a little more advanced than the other two cookies because they require piping and flooding. After you’ve baked the sugar cookie, let them cool completely before piping the royal icing onto the top of the cookie. Flood, and let dry.

Use edible markers to draw on eyes – open and alert! or closed and passive – and add more icing depending on how you want to top with rainbow sprinkles.

Paw cookies with sprinkles

I also cut out squares and paw prints to go with the sausage dog cookies. Add sprinkles or whatever messaging feels right to represent your puppy love.

Sausage dog cookies


Bailey walks around all day with some sort of bone or meaty pig ear in his mouth. It’s his favorite thing to gnaw and paw at for hours. These bone cookie cutters were so dang cute, and easy to whip up and decorate. Great for the kiddos!

Bone cutters

Before baking the sugar cookies, add an egg wash all over the top of the cookie. Bathe the cookies in sprinkles – I used vanilla, pink and rainbow. Bake after adding sprinkles.

This post is dedicated to my one and only – ya, Bailey.

Bone cookies with sprinkles


Dog Cookies Made 3 Ways

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Dog Cookies 3 Ways

By TheSweetNerd  

May 30, 2018


Sugar Cookies

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

Royal Icing

2 pounds confectioners sugar

5 Tablespoons meringue powder

2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 to 3/4 cups warm water


White chocolate melts

Pink chocolate melts

Americolor edible marker


Sugar Cookies

1Dries: Whisk flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2Base: In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Next, add eggs, and vanilla.

3Gradually, add dries to base just until incorporated. Chill in refrigerator up to one hour. Roll on lightly floured surface. Cut shapes.

4Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.

5Note: When you cut into a shape, chill in freezer to set. Then, transfer directly to hot oven.

Royal Icing

1Add vanilla flavoring into 1/2 cup water and set aside until step 3.

2In the mixer (paddle attachment), gently mix confectioners sugar and meringue powder on low.

3Add 1/2 cup flavored water and mix on low until it is thick and lumpy.

4Now drizzle the remaining water as needed until it becomes a thick like honey consistency.

5At this point, turn mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or so until icing is thick and fluffy. Stop when it forms a soft peak.


1 For the bone shaped cookies, before they bake cover the dough with an egg wash and attach sprinkles before baking.

2For the wiener dog cookies, bake cookies and let cool before then flooding royal icing onto the cookie. For the eyes you can use an edible marker.

3For the animal cookies you need to take the sugar cookies and dip them in melted white or pink chocolate and then dip in sprinkles before the chocolate dries.



  • Tessa
    6 years ago

    The weiner dog is my fave! Super cute.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      Thanks Tessa!

  • Kendall Haun
    6 years ago

    These are all so adorable but I loooove the wiener dog cookies!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      They’re really good too – can’t beat a long sugar cookie.

  • Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    6 years ago

    Love the photos! I love how cute these cookies are specially the bone ones!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      Thanks Shadi – me too.

  • Love your dog set of cookie cutters! 🙂 I have a dog too, she alway checks what I’m cooking, never misses a crumb, falling from the table, haha!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      Ha! Well, you might just have to make her some cookies.

  • 6 years ago

    I love the cookie cutters! They’re so cute. The recipe sounds yummy too.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      Thanks Lois. 🙂

  • 6 years ago

    Those are so cute!!! I love them all! We are cat people, so I wonder if there are cute cat cookie shapes?

  • 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh how cute are these cookies!?! These would be adorable for a puppy themed Birthday party too.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      Great idea! I need to find a retriever cutter for Bailey.

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