Lump of Coal Holiday Cookies

Have naughty pets with big appetites to counter surf and get into all sorts of unsavory things? These ‘lump of coal’ cookies are loads of fun to make, and are also a good reason to purchase activated charcoal to help combat gas in case your dog overindulges or gets into the trash.

We recommend making a small batch, and keeping them in the freezer to have on hand for the occasional treat. Activated charcoal can be used to help combat gas, however, due to its binding properties, we wouldn’t recommend for daily use.

Click here to learn more about how to use activated charcoal. As always, consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet any new foods.

Lump of Coal Holiday Cookies


  • 1/2 cup the honest kitchen's Whole Grain Beef Recipe dry food
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp activated charcoal


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend.
  3. Roll into bite-sized balls.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Allow them to cool and serve. Store in the freezer and de-thaw as needed.

Recipe Notes

Activated charcoal is also good for alleviating bad breath.

Meet the Author: Lucy Postins

Lucy Postins is founder and Chief Integrity Officer at The Honest Kitchen. She is a companion animal nutritionist who started The Honest Kitchen in her kitchen in 2002. She is passionate about advanced nutrition and holistic health including complementary modalities such as herbalism and homeopathy. Considered an expert in her field, Lucy frequently writes articles for local and national media, conducts radio interviews and educational spots, and occasionally holds educational seminars for pet owners on the importance of good nutrition. She also recently authored Dog Obsessed, a guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup you love.

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