Why should humans be the only ones to enjoy home-baked goodies during the holidays? Here are 9 homemade Christmas dog treat recipes that will fill any pooch’s holiday stocking with cheer.
1. Apple mint Christmas dog bones
These minty low-fat and low-calorie cookies from Best Dog Treat Recipes will keep for several months. Added bonus: Mint may aid in dog’s digestion while it freshens their breath, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Use spinach powder to give the cookies a festive green color.
2. Dog candy canes
These dog candy canes from Dog Treat Kitchen are a lot of work, but they’re festive and a great way to get your kids involved in the baking. You can freeze them for up to six months, so you can get a head start on them. And according to the blog, dogs love the chicken and peppermint flavor. Tie some up with a pretty ribbon and give them as gifts to all the pups in your life.
3. Gingerbread dog cookies
Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread cookies! These gingerbread dog cookies from Gone to the Snow Dogs are simple to make, and the recipe can be doubled or tripled easily, making them a great way to spread holiday cheer to local shelter dogs.
4. Christmas cookies
The blogger behind The Scrumptious Pumpkin originally made these Christmas dog treats for her beagle, Calvin — and they were a huge hit. The cookies are full of healthy, whole ingredients including unsweetened applesauce, organic honey and olive oil. Plus, the organic dried cranberries and green pumpkin seeds give them a festive look.
5. Dog treats with pumpkin and peanut butter
These dog treats with pumpkin and peanut butter from 2 Bees in a Pod are a breeze to make and contain only six ingredients: whole wheat flour, eggs, canned pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon. You can use a cookie cutter to turn them into fun shapes, whether that’s dog bones or more festive shapes like Christmas trees or snowmen.
6. Nutty bacon dog treats
When the blogger behind Dog Hill Kitchen originally made these dog treats for her pooches, they went a bit, uh, nutty. That’s because the treats are full of delicious ingredients that dogs love, such as bacon, all-natural peanut butter (or sun butter) and maple syrup.
7. Irresistible Christmas cookie dog treats
If you’re pressed for time, these Christmas-cookie dog treats from BarkPost are quick and easy to make. Plus, with only five ingredients — flour, baking powder, peanut butter, non-fat plain Greek yogurt and water — they’re inexpensive, too. Use mini Christmas cookie cutters to up the festive factor.
8. Carob molasses dog treats
This recipe for carob molasses dog treats from Gourmet Sleuth uses carob, a chocolate alternative that’s safe for dogs (chocolate can be dangerous for canines). They are also low in purine, making them a good choice for preventing kidney stones in pups, according to the Dalmatian Club of America.
9. Christmas carob mint dog cookies
These Christmas carob mint dog cookies from Paw Luxury are dipped in melted carob, giving them a delicious chocolatey flavor. They’ll also look great in a cellophane bag tied with a Christmas ribbon, so you can give them to all the dogs you love.
Want to whip up some more homemade treats for your dog? Check out 17 Tasty Dog Treat Recipes Your Pup Will Beg For.