Aside from an occasional Grinch or two, everybody loves the Holidays, including our canine companions! It is such an exciting time of year, especially with all of the delicious food and guests that grace our homes over the winter months. This Holiday season be sure to include your pup in the festivities by making them their very own special holiday dog treat!
Here are some of our favorite recipes that we think your pups will love:
#1 – Nutty Bacon Dog Treats
These scrumptious morsels, originally made by Maggie at Dog hill kitchen, almost sound tasty enough for people! Filled with savory bacon and peanut butter, these treats are sure to please. The best part, you ask? The dough can be cut into many different fun shapes!
#2 – The Best Gingerbread Dog Treats
Serena at Prettyfluffy.com has confidence in her recipe for Gingerbread dog treats, enough to call them the best, and we have to agree! With molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, these festive treats are packed with flavor. And the best part about gingerbread men is decorating them! Serena used extra dough to make the buttons seen in the image above but there are tons of fun options. More on that later.
#3 – Mutt Mints
If your four legged friend has some serious halitosis you might consider making some of these festive breath fresheners for your pups stocking. Cheryl from Gourmet-dog-treat-recipies.com shares a wonderful recipe utilizing mint to help fight your little buddies bad breath. Use Christmas tree shaped cookie cutters for the best presentation as the mint turns these cookies green.
#4 – Healthy Homemade Dog Treats
Sweet potato casserole is a family favorite but is often much too sweet to share with your dog. This recipe from Kaylee at Lemonsandbasil.com is a much healthier alternative! These sweet potato treats are a perfect gift for the pup that might have felt a little left out on Thanksgiving.
#5 – Holiday Sweet Potato Treats
If some of these recipes seem a little too fattening for your furry friend then this recipe from Cassie at Wholefully.com might be up your alley. Made with flax seed and pumpkin puree these treats are good for the health of your pups coat as much as their stomach! Lightly sweetened with honey they are a great alternative to some more sugary recipes.
#6 – Apple Cranberry Dog Treats
Speaking of Thanksgiving, the Doggy Dessert Chef serves up a wonderfully simple recipe that makes use of any leftover cranberries you might have (if you didn’t buy canned cranberry dressing this year). Made with applesauce, cinnamon, and no added sugar these treats make for a healthy holiday snack. And while your pup may not be a fan of fresh cranberries they will love these treats!
#7 – Homemade Apple Carrot Treats
Last but not least on our list is another healthy alternative from Jamie at Mybakingaddiction.com. Simply made with grated carrots, unsweetened applesauce, an egg, and the flour of your choice these buddy biscuits are some of the simplest to make.
#8 – Bonus: Yogurt Icing
One of the best parts of the holidays is baking cookies. It is a fun and engaging activity for the whole family, including your pets! As mentioned in number two on our list “Best Gingerbread Dog Treats” there are many ways to go about cutting out and decorating your holiday treats. From various fun shaped cookie cutters to icing and candy. But when you cook for your four legged friends all of that sugar should go out the window. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun cooking. To ice your dogs treats you can either buy a pre-made mix like K9Cakery Magi Frost (https://www.amazon.com/K9Cakery-Magi-Frost-Icing-Treat/) or make your own. Here is a simple recipe for dog friendly yogurt frosting.
½ cup Greek yogurt
½ cup tapioca starch
2-3 teaspoons 2% milk
Thoroughly combine yogurt and tapioca starch in a small bowl.
Mix in milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.
Decorate or dip your treats then set to dry on wax paper.
We hope that you have has much fun making these fun holiday treats as your pups will have eating them. Happy Holidays!