The Best Christmas Dog Treats

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Your dog is most likely enjoying her Christmas treats as much as you enjoy yours! We share a few of our favorite Christmas dog treat recipes and some dog lovers baking gear to kick start your baking.

Do you have a dog treat recipe you’d like to share? Comment with your favorite Christmas or holiday dog treat recipes for us — and our pups — to try.

Dogster’s favorite Christmas dog treats

  1. Peanut Butter Bites   

 Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup all-natural smooth peanut butter, no salt, sugar or xylitol added
  • ¼ cup honey (not raw honey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups whole-wheat or rice flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

 Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients well until the dough is stiff; if it is too sticky, mix in a small amount of flour.
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until firm. Roll out the dough to half-inch thickness and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • Put the cookies on a baking sheet ½-inch apart. Bake at 350° F for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • When done, the cookie should be firm. Turn the oven off and leave the cookies in for 1 to 2 hours to harden.

Yield: approximately 40 2-inch cookies.

  1. Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat or rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all-natural applesauce, no sugar or xylitol added
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1¼ cup honey (not raw honey)
  • 1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats, uncooked

Directions

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • With a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet, about 1½ inches apart. Bake at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When done, the cookies should be firm. Turn the oven off and leave the cookies in for one to two hours to harden.
  1. Cranberry Mint Holiday Cookies for Dogs

Makes: 10 small cookies

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen unsweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped, fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons organic, unsweetened applesauce (be sure that the applesauce does not contain any added ingredients)
  • ½ apple (peeled, cored and chopped)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Make your flax egg by adding the ground flaxseeds with warm water in a large mixing bowl and whisk. Allow this to sit for 10 minutes until it forms a gel-like consistency.
  • Add the applesauce, chopped apple, mint and cranberries. Stir to combine.
  • Incorporate the coconut flour and water and stir again.
  • Drop into bite-sized cookies or cut out and place on the lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

4.Broth and Oat Cookies

Recipe by Dogster writer Desiree Wood

Ingredients

  • 2 cups, plus 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup low-fat, bone broth for dogs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional add-ins include 1/4 cup cooked/shredded chicken, 1/4 cup washed/chopped apples. Make sure you can still roll out the dough.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Add broth, egg and 2 cups of rolled oats to a mixing bowl and combine well. Add remaining oats and combine.
  • Pour the mixture on wax paper or a flour-sprinkled surface and knead it until the dough becomes firm.
  • Fold in optional extras, press out to about 1/2 inch thickness
  • Cut or use cookie cutters to form into shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 17-20 minutes.
  • Let them cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Christmas dog treats are even better with these dog-themed Christmas baking supplies:

$4.62. Personalized Dog Treat Cookie Cutter and Stamp; Creative Pixel Solutions on etsy.

$14.99. Watch Me Go Dog Apron; theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com

$24.95. Nordic Ware Nonstick Puppy Love Dog Bone Treats Pan; Williams-sonoma.com

This article was originally published by Dogster.com. Read the original article here.

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