If you’re anything like us around the holidays, you love baking. For even more holiday fun, you can bake up holiday-themed treats for your dog and their four-legged friends. These DIY dog cookies are easy to make and full of ingredients found in your very own kitchen.
Intimidated by the homemade idea? We’ve included some options you can buy.
If you don’t have time for the complete DIY route, go ahead and cheat a little with this cookie mix. Just add water, roll out, and cut with the included cookie cutter. Get the kit for $7.99.
Whether you make your own cookies from scratch or use a mix, this pre-made icing is a lifesaver. Just mix with water to drizzle on cookies. Add a few drops of food coloring to take it up a notch.
Easy, healthy, and customizable depending on your dog’s palate.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: 15 balls
- ½ cup unsweetened peanut butter
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 2 cups oats
- Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Drop in the oats; stir to combine.
- Form tablespoon-size balls and dust with more oats.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour.
This tasty recipe is just the thing to roll out and cut into any seasonal shape you like. Frost or dust with some sprinkles to zazz up this super-healthy treat from Two-of-a-Kind Cooks.
- 1½ cups oat flour (see notes**)
- 1½ cups brown rice flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup water
Granted, this isn’t technically a cookie—but it’s definitely a fun seasonal treat.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
- 7 oz. plain Greek yogurt
- 2 oz. organic baby food, such as sweet potato & chicken
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 doggy biscuit (Buddy Biscuits are fun because they’re gingerbread man-shaped!)
- Put all ingredients in blender (the egg is optional if you’re worried about raw eggs)
- Blend until well-combined and frothy
- Serve up with a doggy biscuit on top
Honest Kitchen also makes a healthy dog-friendly eggnog mix using goat milk. A pretty fun novelty gift, we’d say… $16.99.
The more treats to aid stinky doggie breath, the better! We love these cute Christmas tree mint cookies for your pup. Swap out the Christmas tree cookie cutter for a dog bone cookie cutter to make these tasty treats year ‘round.
- 2 tbs chopped mint leaves (can also use parsley)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs honey
- 3 tbs Canola oil
- 2 tbs wheat germ
- 1 tbs Brewers’ Yeast
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
With all of the hearty table scraps your dog is likely getting this holiday season, we know it’s important to think about his health. Wholefully has got you covered. From ground flaxseed to help with coat and skin, to pumpkin puree for the digestive system, these biscuits are nutrient-dense.
- Cooking spray
- 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
The Bottom Line
You don’t have to make anything for your dog this season, of course: their favorite treat will be time with you. Still, if you’re in the mood to bake, why not include your pet in the all the fun?
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