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These homemade Christmas Dog Treats are an easy way to pamper your pet during the holidays. Made with 5 simple, healthy, wholesome ingredients, these cookies taste delicious and are the perfect puppy present.
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Table of Contents
  1. Homemade and Healthy Christmas Dog Treats
  2. Why We Love This Christmas Dog Cookie Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make the Home Christmas Dog Treats
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Christmas Dog Treats Recipe

These homemade Christmas Dog Treats are the easiest way to pamper your pet during the holidays and shower them with love like family. Made with 5 (plus optional food coloring) simple, healthy, wholesome ingredients, this recipe creates cut-out, pup-approved cookie dough that tastes delicious and is the perfect Christmas puppy present.

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Homemade and Healthy Christmas Dog Treats

It is so much fun to spoil your pet with these Christmas Dog Treats and stuff their stockings with healthy and nourishing snacks. Dogs are part of the family, after all, and deserve a dessert that looks just like they should be eaten by people because they’re beautifully decorated and shaped using Christmas cookie cutters but made specifically with simple pantry staples that are safe for canine consumption.

If you are a dog parent, your pet is a member of the family and deserves a special snack to celebrate the holiday season. And when it comes to the food that you feed my furry friend, you want to make sure that it is nutritious and filled with healthy ingredients.

Unlike commercial dog treats that often contain nitrates and harmful additives, this Christmas Cookie recipe is made with wholesome, all-natural, puppy-approved, people-food that you can feel good about baking for your dog without upsetting his or her tummy.

Don’t let your best friend be left out in the cold this winter–treat you dog to my other delicious doggie delicacies, like my Pumpkin Dog Treats, Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats, and Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream.

  • Quick and easy to make using only 5 all-natural pantry staples (plus optional food coloring).
  • Delicious dog snack filled with nutrient-dense ingredients.
  • Healthy homemade treat for the holidays that won’t upset tummies.
  • Fun doggie Christmas cookies to bake with kids and make cut-out shapes.
  • Perfect puppy stocking stuffer!
  • Great gift to hand out at your puppy playgroup or give to your dog-parent friends.
Christmas Dog Treats in a box

Ingredients

  • Unsweetened applesauce: Feel free to substitute this with pumpkin puree or mashed bananas. 
  • Creamy peanut butter: Almond butter is an excellent option as well. Or, feel free to get a peanut butter that is specifically for dogs and add it to these cookies instead. (Important: See FAQ’s below)
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour: Whole wheat flour is a great alternative for dogs. 
  • Rolled oats: Also known as Old Fashioned Oats. I haven’t used instant oats for this recipe, but feel free to give them a try.
  • Red all-natural food coloring (optional): All natural food coloring can be found at most health food stores or specialty food stores (such as Safeway and Frys). I used the Simple Truth brand of food coloring.
  • Green all-natural food coloring (optional)

Substitutions and Additions

  • Pet-Friendly Flavors: I made these Christmas Dog Treats with peanut butter, but you can substitute other pet-friendly flavors, such as sweet potato or pumpkin.
  • Custom Cut-Outs: This recipe is not just for Christmas. Make dog treats all-year and create your own shapes and custom cut-outs. Any cookie cutter will work!
  • Tasty Toppings: For more texture, you can add all-natural toppings to these dog treats, such as red cranberries and green pumpkin seeds.
Christmas Dog Treats wrapped in plastic bag

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How to Make the Home Christmas Dog Treats

It is so quick and easy to make a dough for these homemade Christmas Dog Treats and then cut them into festive shapes that celebrate the holiday season. Your dog deserves a special treat that is healthy and nutritious–feeding your pet with all-natural food is the best present you can give your pet.

  1. Use a mixer to combine the applesauce, peanut butter, and egg.
    Pro-Tip: Some peanut butter brands include xylitol to cut the sugar in their product. DO NOT USE any peanut butter containing xylitol because it is toxic for dogs. Check the ingredients prior to baking.
    combine the applesauce, peanut butter, and egg
  2. Evenly divide the mixture into 3 separate bowls.
    Pro Tip: You only need to divide the mixture if you choose to add food coloring.
  3. Optional step: add red food coloring to one bowl, green food coloring to another bowl, and leave the last bowl uncolored.
  4. Mix the food coloring into the 2 wet mixtures until completely combined.
    Pro Tip: The color will dilute when the flour mixture is added, so add a little more food coloring than you think it will need. It’s much easier to incorporate the food coloring into the wet ingredients as opposed to the dry ingredients. However, you can also add it into the recipe when both the wet and dry ingredients have been incorporated.
    Evenly divide the mixture into 3 separate bowls and add food colouring
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and rolled oats.
  6. Divide and add the flour mixture equally between each of the 3 bowls (about 1 cup) and mix until just combined.
    Pro Tip: The mixture should create a slightly dry but malleable dough. If it is too dry, add more applesauce, ½ tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet, add more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time. Mix these add-ins with your hands if possible in order to avoid overmixing the flour. 
    Roll the three different colored doughs
  7. Roll the three different colored doughs (or single colored dough) onto a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin.
    Pro Tip: The dough should be ¼ inch in thickness. 
    roll with rolling pin
  8. Cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutters, rerolling the dough until all the dough is used, and place the cookies on the sheet pan.
    Pro Tip: See FAQs for decorating tips.
    cut dough using cookie cutter
  9. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-18 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.
    Pro Tip: You can vary the bake times depending on preference. For a softer treat, cook for less time. If you don’t have any parchment paper, use cooking spray. It will work fine for these cookies since they don’t tend to stick to the sheet pan. You will need to bake two batches of cookies in order to use up all your dough for this recipe. You can either use two large sheet pans (11×13) or one large sheet pan but used twice. Make sure to cook your batches separately to avoid uneven cooking.
    christmas dog treats in baking pan
  10. Cool completely before feeding your furry friends!

Storage Tips

  • To Store: You can leave these treats on the countertop for up to one day, but after that, keep them in the refrigerator in an airtight container or plastic bag. They will last for 1-2 weeks if properly packaged.
  • To Freeze: To freeze these cookies, place them in a freezer-safe airtight container for 3-4 months.
christmas dog treat

Frequently Asked Questions

Is peanut butter safe for dogs to eat?

Peanut butter is safe for dogs in moderation. Natural peanut butter is a great source of protein, B and E vitamins, and healthy monounsaturated fats, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, it is important to alway check the ingredients for xylitol (an artificial sweetener) which can be fatal to dogs, or added sugars/flavors. If you feel uncomfortable using peanut butter, other great alternatives would be pumpkin or sweet potato. 

Are rolled oats safe for dogs to consume?

Oats are a great source of protein and soluble fiber, which can help older dogs with digestive issues. They also contain vitamin B6 and iron. Oats can help dogs maintain a healthy coat along with strong, supple skin.

Are eggs safe for dogs to eat?

Cooked eggs are known to be a reliable source of digestible (and complete) protein for dogs. They also have essential fatty and amino acids, making them a good food to feed your pet. Eggs should always be cooked prior to feeding them to your dog.

How much food coloring should I use in my cookie dough?

All-natural food coloring is often not as pigmented as regular gel food coloring, so you may need to use a little more food coloring to get the color that you want. Because the red food coloring is often made from fruits such as beets or raspberries, it tends to take on a slight pink hue.

Why is my dough so dry?

These cookies are meant to be on the drier side in order to make them more biscuit-like treats for the doggies. However, they might dry out too much if you add too much flour to your surface. If your dough gets too dry, add little teaspoons of extra applesauce and knead it into the dough before you roll it out.

How can I decorate my cookies so they look festive for the holidays?

It is so easy to make cut-out shapes for Christmas!
To make candy cane cookies: Roll out the uncolored dough and red colored dough into strips. Lay them out side by side, alternating between the red and uncolored strips. Roll them out again with a rolling pin to help them stick together. Cut out candy cane shapes. 
To make Christmas Tree Cookies: Roll out green dough until it reaches ¼ inch thick. Cut small circles of uncolored and red dough using a straw. Place circles on top of the green dough to form ornaments. Cut out Christmas Tree shapes with a cookie cutter. 
To make Gingerbread Men: Roll out uncolored dough until it reaches ¼ inch thick. Cut small circles of red dough using a straw. Place circles on top of the dough to form buttons on the gingerbread men. Cut out Gingerbread Men shapes with a cookie cutter. 

Dog Treats for christmas
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dog eating christmas treats

Christmas Dog Treats

Serves — 24
These homemade Christmas Dog Treats are an easy way to pamper your pet during the holidays. Made with 5 simple, healthy, wholesome ingredients, these cookies taste delicious and are the perfect puppy present.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Red all-natural food coloring optional
  • Green all-natural food coloring optional
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cups rolled oats

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix the applesauce, creamy peanut butter, and egg together in a medium sized bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • Divide the mixture as evenly as possible into three medium sized mixing bowls (a little more than ⅓ cup per bowl).
  • Add all-natural red food coloring to one bowl, and all-natural green food coloring to another bowl, optional. Leave the last bowl uncolored.
  • Mix the food coloring into each wet mixture until completely combined. Keep in mind that the color will dilute when the flour mixture is added, so add a little more food coloring than you think it will need.
  • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and rolled oats and stir until well mixed.
  • Divide the flour mixture into three (1 cup each) and add to each of the three bowls.
  • Use a hand or stand mixer to stir the flour into each wet mixture until just combined.
  • The mixture should create a slightly dry but malleable dough. If it is too dry, add more applesauce, ½ Tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet, add more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time. Mix these add-ins with your hands if possible in order to avoid overmixing the flour.
  • Roll the three different colored doughs (or single colored dough) onto a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin until the dough is ¼ inch in thickness.
  • Use Christmas shaped cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes–rerolling the dough until all the dough is used. Place the cookies on the sheet pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 13-18 minutes or until they turn golden brown. You can vary the bake times depending on preference. For a softer treat, cook for less time.
  • Let cool completely before serving as treats to your precious canines.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: You can leave these treats on the countertop for up to one day, but after that, keep them in the refrigerator in an airtight container or plastic bag. They will last for 1-2 weeks if properly packaged.
  • To Freeze: To freeze these cookies, place them in a freezer-safe airtight container for 3-4 months.
Tips:
  • Some peanut butter brands include xylitol to cut the sugar in their product. DO NOT USE any peanut butter containing xylitol because it is toxic for dogs. Check the ingredients prior to baking.
  • If you don’t want to make different colored cookies, you do not have to worry about dividing your dough.
  • It’s much easier to incorporate the food coloring into the wet ingredients as opposed to the dry ingredients. However, you can also add it into the recipe when both the wet and dry ingredients have been incorporated.
  • You will need to bake two batches of cookies in order to use up all your dough for this recipe. You can either use two large sheet pans (11×13) or one large sheet pan but used twice. Make sure to cook your batches separately to avoid uneven cooking.
  • If you don’t have any parchment paper, use cooking spray. It will work fine for these cookies since they don’t tend to stick to the sheet pan.
  • Because these cookies are on the drier side in order to make more biscuit-like treats for the doggies, they might dry out too much if you add too much flour to your surface. If your dough gets too dry, add little teaspoons of extra applesauce and knead it into the dough before you roll it out.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Do you think it is possible to make the dough a day in advance and keep it in the fridge until ready to roll and cut into shapes ??