Holly Jolly Christmas Dog Treats
The Holidays have arrived! Your pooch senses all the excitement and wants to be part of it. This includes all the fun around these days. We need to include our four legged fur babies as much as we can. After all, they are family too! We know that all the lights and sounds can affect the dogs in some adverse ways. They get overexcited and tend to act up.
For times when they are being those well-behaved canines, we should have Dog treats for them. There are many varieties, many different recipes. All of the ones that we have come across and have tested and approved are made with many of the same ingredients that we all have in our pantries.
The Holiday Dog treat recipes are easy to make, you can involve the kids and have them assist you. You may even come across no-bake types of Holiday Dog Treats. Either way, it is quite simple to make treats for your dog that you know what they are made of, you know they are healthy.
Like all recipes, you can add variations if you choose, leave out an item and add a different one. Before substituting any of the ingredients, please be sure that what you are considering is not a danger to your dog. As an example, dogs can not have grapes or chocolate, so these would not make appropriate substitutes.
If you have questions about any of the recipes we have posted, feel free to discuss them with your pooch’s vet. We believe in sticking to a healthy treat for your dog, as we do with our own dogs.
Cranberry Apple Christmas Dog TreatsCuisine: Dog TreatsDifficulty: 3 out of 10
1 cup cooked whole cranberries
1 cup Applesauce
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350* and line your baking trays with parchment paper
Pure the cranberries with the Applesauce
Add in the cinnamon and the milk
Gradually stir in the whole wheat flour until the dough forms
Place the dough ball on a lightly floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness
Using your choice of cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place them on the baking trays.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned
Allow to cool before placing in a container
This recipe will produce 2 to 3 dozen depending on the size of cutters you use.
The following recipe is one I felt I should really add to the list. Just like we cannot eat treats all the time, neither can the pups. Do not mistake me, this is still going to become one of your pup’s favorite Holly jolly time dog treats. This one is different as we will be using sweet potatoes. The recipe also calls for salt, but I err on the side of health and leave out the salt.
Homemade Holiday Dog TreatsCuisine: Dog TreatsDifficulty: 3 out of 10
3 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
2 cups Sweet Potato Puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 350*
Line a baking tray or two with parchment paper
In a large bowl mix together the Sweet Potato puree, peanut butter and egg
In a smaller bowl mix together the flour, oats and cinnamon
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients into a ball forms
Lightly flour the counter or table, also your hands and the rolling pin.
Roll the dough out until roughly ½ inch thick
Using Holiday cutters, cut out shapes you like
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
You should get roughly 3 dozen or more cookie dog treats, depending on the sizes of the cutters you use and the thickness you roll the dough out to.
Again, just to be safe, be sure to label very clearly which are the dog Holiday treats and which are the human treats. Although both are made with the same ingredients, the thought of eating a dog treat can bother people.