7 Holiday Dog Treat Recipes For Your Dog

Written by Deb Butler
Updated: December 14, 2023
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Making holiday cookies and treats is a tradition for many people. At this time of year, kitchens all across the country carry the classic smells of vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate as people set about baking their holiday treats for family and friends.

If you’re a dog parent, you probably love to include your fur baby in your festivities. In this article, you’ll discover holiday dog treat recipes that you can make for your dog this holiday season. In addition to being festive and delicious, these recipes contain healthy ingredients to keep your dog in the pink during the holiday season.

As with all foods, however, it’s important to slowly introduce new foods to your dog. Moreover, not all dogs digest food in the same way. Therefore, consulting with your vet before giving your dog any new food is always a wise precaution.

1. Peanut Butter Doggie Biscuits

Peanut butter doggie biscuits are a holiday treat for your dog.

Using organic peanut butter is crucial to your dog’s

safety

. Xylitol, found in some of the more processed kinds of peanut butter, can be toxic to dogs.

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This recipe just might be your dog’s holiday favorite. Using a dog bone-shaped cookie cutter is certainly cute, but you can use any cookie cutter to make these treats. This recipe makes about 3 dozen treats.

Ingredients:

1 C organic or natural peanut butter 1 C milk

1 tsp dog fish oil supplement 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp baking powder 1/4 tsp oregano (antioxidant)

Preheat your oven to 350°. Add the peanut butter into a large bowl. Slowly whisk in milk and fish oil until combined and smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder and whole wheat flour. Add the peanut butter mixture and combine with a mixing spoon.

Divide the dough into two equal portions. Flour a rolling pin as well as the surface you’ll roll your dough onto. Next, roll the dough into a 1/4-inch thickness, making sure it’s floured sufficiently to prevent sticking. Then, cut your shapes into the dough with your cookie cutter. You can bypass the cookie cutter and make small squares if you prefer.

Using parchment paper to line your baking sheet, place your cookies on top. These treats don’t spread while baking, so you can place the treats rather closely together. Bake for 35-40 minutes. The finished treats should be crisp and hard. Let cool completely before giving one to your fur baby.

2. Sweet Potato Party Biscuits

Dog cookies made from sweet potatoes on a rack, in a jar and stacked. Sweet potatoes in background.

Sweet potatoes

are a safe and healthy ingredient for dog treat recipes as long as they’re baked or cooked. They’re low in fat and have essential vitamins.

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This is another holiday treat your dog will enjoy. You can use cookie cutters, or you can cut them into little squares. This recipe makes about 3 dozen treats.

Ingredients:

2 C fresh sweet potato puree (You can puree your own sweet potato or buy an organic puree)

1 egg 1/2 C oats (Use milled, rolled, or steel-cut oats — not instant)

3 C whole wheat flour 3 Tbsp organic or all-natural peanut butter

1/4 tsp cinnamon (Use Ceylon cinnamon rather than cassia cinnamon, and use only a small amount)

Preheat your oven to 350°. Stir together the flour, cinnamon, and oats in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, peanut butter, and sweet potato puree together. Once combined, stir these ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface. You may want to flour the rolling pin as well to prevent sticking. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut your shapes out of the dough with your cookie cutters or cut it into small squares.

Bake until golden brown — about 30 to 35 minutes. Place the cookie pan onto a cooling rack. When the treats are cooled completely and hardened, you can serve them to your dog.

3. Beet Powder Festive Treats

Holiday dog treat recipe for your dog

Dogs will benefit from the detoxifying and antioxidant properties of the beet powder in these treats.

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If your pet has a sensitive tummy, the brown rice flour in this recipe is gentler than others. This recipe makes about three dozen treats.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 C brown rice flour 1/3 C natural or organic peanut butter

1 egg 1 ripe banana

3 Tbsp organic honey 1/4 C beet powder

Preheat your oven to 350°. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

First, combine all ingredients — except the beet powder — in a large mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients together until well combined. Next, add the beet powder, kneading all the ingredients together by hand. If the dough feels sticky, add more rice flour, a small amount at a time.

Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it’s 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes with your cookie cutter, or make small squares, and then put them onto your baking sheet. Before baking, chill them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

After they’re chilled, bake them in the oven for 10 minutes — 12 to 15 minutes if the shapes are larger than 2 inches. Let them cool completely before serving them to your fur baby.

4. Merry Fresh-Breath Dog Cookies

Woman feeding small yellow dog wearing antlers on the sofa by the Christmas tree

This dog treat recipe includes a smidgeon of dried

parsley

— an antimicrobial breath freshener. You won’t have to worry about kissing your dog under the mistletoe after they eat one of these.

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These holiday goodies include several nutritional ingredients for your pup. Ground flaxseed is good for their coat and skin, applesauce has calcium and antioxidants, and natural peanut butter has protein and healthy fats. Your canine buddy will love these. This recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen treats.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 C whole wheat flour 1/2 C warm water

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce 2 Tbsp all-natural or organic peanut butter

1/4 C ground flax 2 Tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon

Prep by preheating oven to 350° and lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Don’t grease the pan.

Mix the warm water and flax in a small bowl and set to the side for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Then, add the flax mixture to the applesauce, peanut butter, cinnamon, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients well. Then, mix in the whole wheat flour. The dough will be stiff.

Roll the dough out on a clean surface, sprinkling with 1 tsp of water at a time if it’s too dry. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes when the dough is 1/2 inch thick. Alternatively, you can use a knife to cut the dough into squares. Arrange the shapes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. The treats will be done when the bottoms are golden and dry.

Let the treats cool completely. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze them to keep them longer.

5. Crunchy Canine Granola

Pug dog with holiday treat recipes for your dog

The

coconut oil

in this granola recipe may benefit your dog’s immune system, skin, and cognitive functioning.

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When buying the ingredients for this recipe, all-natural and organic foods will benefit your fur baby’s long-term health. Not only are organic ingredients free from GMOs and artificial additives, but you can feel good about giving them a healthy treat. This recipe makes about 8 cups of granola.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 C organic wide flake coconut 3 C organic rolled oats

1/2 C cooked quinoa 1/2 C coconut oil

1/4 C all-natural or organic peanut butter 1/2 C water

1/4 C organic raw honey (with 2 Tbsp extra)

Preheat your oven to 325° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the coconut flakes, oats, and quinoa to a large bowl, stirring together. While you set the dry ingredients aside, add the water, coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey to a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat until the peanut butter melts. Then, remove it from the heat and pour it over the oat mixture. Fold the ingredients and combine until the oats are completely coated.

Spread the entire mixture out evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake. After 25 minutes, stir and rotate the granola. Continue baking for 25 minutes. When the granola is golden brown, it’s done.

Let the granola completely cool. After it’s cooled, you can break it up and store it for up to 1 month in an airtight container.

6. Evergreen Christmas Treats

Chihuahua lying in the couch next to Christmas tree waiting for treats.

The

spinach

in this recipe gives the treats the green, shaggy look ideal for wreaths, Christmas trees, or holly.

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Although the spinach in this recipe gives the treats a festive look, it also gives them a shorter shelf life. Therefore, it’s important to refrigerate them.

Ingredients:

2 C whole wheat flour 1 pkg thawed frozen spinach (drain thoroughly)

2 C rolled oat flour 2 Tbsp dried parsley

6 chlorophyll capsules (available online and in stores)

1 C applesauce 2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350°, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Thaw the package of frozen spinach and squeeze out all excess water. This step is important because soggy spinach will create soggy cookies. After thoroughly draining the spinach, put it into a food processor on pulse until it’s pureed.

Add the chlorophyll, wheat and oat flours, and parsley. Continue to pulse until well combined. Then, add the eggs and applesauce, pulsing until the dough forms.

Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and roll it out to about a 1/4-inch thickness. The shagginess of the dough makes it ideal for cutting with a Christmas tree, wreath, or holly cookie cutters. However, you can make little square or round shapes as well.

Put your treats onto your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool completely before giving one to your dog. Refrigerate any uneaten treats.

7. Gingerbread Doggie Treats

Funny dog Christmas costume. French Bulldog wearing gingerbread outfit with arms surrounded by festive decoration

In small quantities,

ginger

can improve joint and muscle health in dogs as well as stimulate thier circulatory systems.

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This recipe uses small amounts of ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon — all of which provide health benefits for dogs when used in modest doses. Even the carob chips used for decorating these cookies provide dogs with iron, vitamin B2, magnesium, and other essential vitamins.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C whole wheat flour 1 1/2 C rolled oat flour

1 Tbsp ground ginger 1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon

1/4 C molasses (Backstrap molasses has the most nutritional benefits.)

1 egg 3/4 C applesauce

1 Tbsp coconut oil carob chips for gingerbread eyes, nose, and buttons

Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine the baking powder, wheat and oat flours, and spices. Add the molasses and applesauce. Then, mix the ingredients until well combined. Next, add the egg and coconut oil, mixing until combined. If the batter is too gooey, add a little more flour.

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to about a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out gingerbread shapes. Use the carob chips for eyes, noses, buttons, etc. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges get golden. The crunchier the cookies get, the longer their shelf life will be.

Summary of Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

NumberTreatMain Health Benefits
1.Peanut butter doggie biscuitsFish oil — good for heart health, joints, skin, coat, and immune system
2.Sweet potato party biscuitsSweet potato — good for digestive health, and contains essential vitamins
3.Beet powder festive treatsBeet powder — has bone-building properties and relieves itching and skin issues
4.Merry fresh-breath dog cookiesGround flax — good for digestive health
5.Crunchy canine granolaCoconut oil — great for skin and coat
6.Evergreen Christmas treatChlorophyll — aids digestion and reduces inflammation; spinach — anti-aging Vitamin C and other essential vitamins
7.Gingerbread doggie treatsCoconut oil — great for skin and coat

The photo featured at the top of this post is © FaST_9/ via Getty Images

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I'm Deborah, and I'm an ardent animal lover and impassioned environmentalist. An educator for over 30 years, I recently retired so I could pursue my passion of writing full time. I have had many pets throughout my life, from a Russian tortoise, to fish, to cats, and dogs. My husband and I are currently owned by our very bold pug, Daisy Lu. I have two grown daughters: Chelsea, who lives in Belgium on a NATO base with her husband, Ryan, and Carissa, who lives near me and visits often.

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