9 Christmas dog treat recipes
Why should humans be the only ones to enjoy home-baked goodies during the holidays? Here are 9 Christmas dog treat recipes that will fill your pooch's holiday stocking with cheer:
1. Apple mint Christmas dog bones
These bone-shaped cookies from Best Dog Treat Recipes are low-fat and low-calorie, and will keep for several months. Added bonus: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, mint may aid your dog's digestion while it freshens his breath. Use spinach powder to give the cookies a festive green color.
2. Gingerbread dog cookies
Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread cookies! Gone to the Snow Dogs's gingerbread dog cookies 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.
3. 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The blogger behind The Scrumptious Pumpkin originally made these Christmas dog treats for her beagle, Calvin — and they were a huge hit.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.
4. 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.
5. Nutty bacon dog treats
When the blogger behind Dog Hill Kitchen made these dog treats for her pooches back in 2008, 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.
6. Dog treats with pumpkin and peanut butter
2 Bees in a Pod's dog treats with pumpkin and peanut butter 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.
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
Gourmet Sleuth's carob molasses dog treats use 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 your pup, according to the Dalmatian Club of America.
9. Christmas carob mint dog cookies
Paw Luxury's Christmas carob mint dog cookies 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 care for.
Want to whip up some more homemade treats for your dog? Check out 17 Tasty Dog Treat Recipes Your Pup Will Beg For. And if you have any good Christmas dog treat recipes of your own, share the holiday cheer with other doggies and tell us about the recipes in the comments!
Jennifer Marino Walters is a Washington D.C.-based writer specializing in parenting, children and lifestyle topics.