Your dog is most likely enjoying her Christmas treats as much as you enjoy yours! We share a few of our favorite Christmas dog treat recipes and some dog lovers baking gear to kick start your baking.
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Dogster’s favorite Christmas dog treat recipes
Peanut Butter Bites
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup all-natural smooth peanut butter, no salt, sugar or xylitol added
- ¼ cup honey (not raw honey)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 cups whole-wheat or rice flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients well until the dough is stiff; if it is too sticky, mix in a small amount of flour.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until firm. Roll out the dough to half-inch thickness and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
- Put the cookies on a baking sheet ½-inch apart. Bake at 350° F for 20 to 25 minutes.
- When done, the cookie should be firm. Turn the oven off and leave the cookies in for 1 to 2 hours to harden.
Yield: approximately 40 2-inch cookies.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 ½ cups whole-wheat or rice flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup all-natural applesauce, no sugar or xylitol added
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 1¼ cup honey (not raw honey)
- 1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats, uncooked
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- With a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet, about 1½ inches apart. Bake at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.
- When done, the cookies should be firm. Turn the oven off and leave the cookies in for one to two hours to harden.
Cranberry Mint Holiday Cookies for Dogs
Makes: 10 small cookies
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup fresh or frozen unsweetened cranberries, chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped, fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons organic, unsweetened applesauce (be sure that the applesauce does not contain any added ingredients)
- ½ apple (peeled, cored and chopped)
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make your flax egg by adding the ground flaxseeds with warm water in a large mixing bowl and whisk. Allow this to sit for 10 minutes until it forms a gel-like consistency.
- Add the applesauce, chopped apple, mint and cranberries. Stir to combine.
- Incorporate the coconut flour and water and stir again.
- Drop into bite-sized cookies or cut out and place on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake 30 minutes or until lightly brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
4.Broth and Oat Cookies
Recipe by Dogster writer Desiree Wood
- 2 cups, plus 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup bone broth for dogs
- Optional add-ins include 1/4 cup cooked/shredded chicken, 1/4 cup washed/chopped apples. Make sure you can still roll out the dough.
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Add broth, egg and 2 cups of rolled oats to a mixing bowl and combine well. Add remaining oats and combine.
- Pour the mixture on wax paper or a flour-sprinkled surface and knead it until the dough becomes firm.
- Fold in optional extras, press out to about 1/2 inch thickness
- Cut or use cookie cutters to form into shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 17-20 minutes.
- Let them cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.
Christmas dog treats are even better with these dog-themed Christmas baking supplies:
$4.62. Personalized Dog Treat Cookie Cutter and Stamp; Creative Pixel Solutions on etsy.
$14.99. Watch Me Go Dog Apron; theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com
$24.95. Nordic Ware Nonstick Puppy Love Dog Bone Treats Pan; Williams-sonoma.com