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Back to School Family Fun: Homemade After School Doggy Bone Snacks

As Arizona schools have already started, parents are getting back into the swing of things, organizing their routines, and ensuring their kids have everything they need for a successful year ahead. One thing that remains constant is the need for delicious and wholesome snacks for hungry little ones when they return home from school. As a parent, I understand the desire to provide my child with the best options available, which led me to create a special homemade snack that my son and I can enjoy together – After School Doggy Bone Snacks.

The Importance of Homemade Snacks

When it comes to our children's snacks, many of us prefer to know exactly what ingredients go into them. Making snacks at home gives us the power to control the quality of ingredients, ensuring our kids get a tasty and nutritious treat. Moreover, it is an excellent way to bond with our children, especially when life gets busy with the school routine. By making these After School Doggy Bone Snacks, I can engage with my son, listen to his stories about school, and share some precious moments together.

The Recipe: After School Doggy Bone Snacks


  • 8 tablespoons butter

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/8 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar Blend:

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the honey, molasses, and vanilla, and mix until well combined.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until a dough forms.

  4. Shape the dough into a ball, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it firm in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/6 inch.

  7. Use doggy bone cookie cutters to cut out adorable shapes from the dough.

  8. Dip each doggy bone-shaped snack into the cinnamon sugar blend, ensuring they are fully coated.

  9. Place the coated snacks on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each cookie.

  10. Bake the snacks for 12-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

  11. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack before serving.

Family Fun with Doggy Bone Snacks

Once the After School Doggy Bone Snacks are ready, it's time for the most enjoyable part – sharing them with your child! Gather around the kitchen table, grab a glass of milk, and indulge in these scrumptious treats together. The delicious aroma of cinnamon will fill the air, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your small family moment.

Take this opportunity to talk to your child about their day at school, their friends, and any exciting events they experienced. By engaging in meaningful conversations, you not only strengthen your bond but also show them that you are genuinely interested in their lives.


As the school days become busier, it's essential to cherish every moment we have with our children. Creating homemade snacks like After School Doggy Bone Snacks not only ensures that our kids are eating well but also allows us to participate in their lives in a more meaningful way. So, whether it's a quick catch-up after school or a moment of joy during snack time, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite and a cherished tradition in your household. Enjoy the back-to-school season with your kids and savor these special moments together!

Give these fun snacks a go! Tag me at @ds_bakeshopaz on Instagram or leave a comment below when you try the recipe and let me know how your baking adventure turned out. I would love to see your beautiful creations! Happy baking, everyone! ✨

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