20 Tasty Homemade Christmas Dog Treat Recipes

Homemade dog treats aren’t just something special to give your dog over Christmas, they’re also a great gift idea! But, with so many homemade Christmas dog treat recipes out there it can be hard to filter the successful recipes from the bland. Fortunately, we’ve selected 20 of the tastiest recipes out there to save you some time!

These Christmas dog treat recipes will get any dog into the holiday spirit. Plus, they make a great gift for any pup on your list. I like to make treats, put them in cute Christmas tins and bring them to holiday parties and gatherings when I know the host or hostess is a dog owner.

Tasty Homemade Christmas Dog Treat RecipesIf you’re giving treats as gifts, it’s important to touch base with the owner beforehand to ensure that you account for any food allergies that a dog may have. If you’re trying to surprise someone, it’s a good idea to include a copy of the recipe with the treats. This way, the owner can see all of the ingredients used and make the treats for their pet if they end up really enjoying them!

Another great gift idea is to put these Christmas dog treat recipes together in a recipe box for your pet owning friends. They can pick the treats that they know their dogs will enjoy. Who knows, maybe they’ll even continue to pass the recipes along to their friends who own pets. You might start a new holiday tradition!

When making Christmas dog treat recipes, it’s important to cut treats to a smaller size. Many of us default to “human size” cookies, but this creates treats that are far too large and calorie-laden for our dogs. When in doubt, use a mini dog treat cookie cutter to get the same size treat every time and add a little whimsy.

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20 Tasty Homemade Christmas Dog Treat Recipes

Christmas Dog Treat Recipes

1. Gingerbread Dogs

Don’t worry, there are no dogs in these, but you will want to use a dog shaped cookie cutter to make them great. These are definitely one of the cutest Christmas dog treat recipes on this list.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh shaved ginger

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper Mix together the honey, molasses, oil, and water in one bowl. Mix together the flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger in a separate bowl.

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and mix to form a dough. Separate the dough into quarters then wrap and refrigerate each ball of dough for 5 hrs. Roll out the dough and cut into small pieces. Bake for 25 minutes until browned.

2. Christmas Morning Bacon Nut Treats

Start your dog’s day off with a bacon nut treat and let them enjoy the deliciousness that is a cooked Christmas morning breakfast.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup soy flour
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. natural maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 rashers of bacon chopped

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Skillet fry the bacon until done and set the fat aside.

Combine the peanut butter, egg, maple syrup, water, and slightly cooled bacon fat and stir. Add in wheat germ, flours, and cooked bacon and stir. Roll out the dough and cut cookies out. Bake for 15 min until brown.

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3. Elfin’ Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Those elves are always finding ways to sneak sweet treats into Christmas stockings, but this time they did it with these pumpkin treats instead.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canned natural pumpkin
  • ½ Tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the flour, salt, peanut butter, eggs, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Add water if needed. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies out. Bake for 30 min. until hard.

4. Simple Christmas Cookies

Need a quick Christmas cookie for those crazy puppy parties? This is one of the easiest Christmas dog treat recipes to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • Water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix ingredients together well, adding water if needed to create a rollable dough. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies out. Bake for 15 min. or until browned.

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5. Peppermint Apple Reindeer Doggy Cookies

Those reindeer have been munching on apples and candy canes all night. No wonder these treats are a hit in the North Pole!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup all-natural applesauce
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1 ½ tsp. dry baking yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. dry milk
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped spearmint leaves
  • 7/8 cup water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 250° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a bread hook on a mixer and combine everything together. Mix well. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies. Bake for 1 hour until browned.

6. Cranberry Sauce Cookies for Dogs

What’s turkey dinner without a side of cranberry sauce? Don’t worry, these cookies will cover that sweet craving.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup plain no fat Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 + ¼ cup oats
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 3 Tbsp. water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Grind 2/3 cup oats in food processor until fine. Set aside. Puree the cranberries. Mix together all ingredients adding just enough water to moisten the dough. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake 18 minutes or until browned.

7. Blitzen’s Favorite Carrot Treats

Blitzen is a carrot fiend and when he broke a tooth this year, Santa ordered a surplus of carrot baby food. Luckily, it makes the perfect addition to these carrot treats.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 25 oz. all-natural carrot baby food

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together all of the ingredients. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

8. Santa’s Healthy Christmas Dog Treats

The day after Christmas is full of regret for anyone who overindulged, so Santa came up with these healthy Christmas treats to get things back on track.

Ingredients

  • 3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup natural pumpkin puree
  • 1 shredded zucchini
  • 1 peeled, shredded carrot
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a mixer to combine the peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and eggs. Beat in the oats and 2 ½ cups of the flour.

Add additional flour if needed to create a rollable dough texture. Mix in the spinach, carrot, and zucchini. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 20 minutes until browned.

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9. Christmas Dinner Cookies for Fido

Fitting Christmas dinner into one cookie sounds a little like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but this recipe manages to do it. It’s also one of the most wholesome Christmas dog treat recipes on this list.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded white meat turkey
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Stir in turkey and cranberries.

Mix in ½ cup broth, the egg, and the olive oil. Mix together to create a dough, adding more broth if needed. Roll out the dough. Cut cookies. Bake 25 minutes until browned.

10. Christmas Feast Dog Cookies

Another treat recipe built on our traditional Christmas turkey dinner, this is a treat that’s sure to satisfy your pup.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 ½ cup fast cooking oats
  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded white meat turkey
  • 1 cup low sodium turkey broth

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Use a blender to add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake 25 min. until browned.

11. Outstanding Christmas Dessert Dog Cookies

Some of us like nothing more than a big fat slice of apple pie after Christmas dinner. Now, you can give your pup a taste of that tradition too.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 egg separated
  • ¾ cup natural unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ Tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine honey, applesauce, egg yolk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix in the flour. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Brush cookie tops with egg white. Bake 20 minutes or until browned.

12. Healthy Green Bean Casserole Dog Cookies

Green bean casserole is a staple at most holiday meals, but it’s not exactly the healthiest option for dogs. This green bean treat recipe is a much better option, especially for those chubby pups.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup salt-free canned green beans
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup low fat shredded cheddar
  • ¼ cup no fat milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the chicken, broth and green beans in a blender and puree. Mix puree with flour and cheese. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 30 min. until browned.

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Grain-Free Christmas Dog Treat Recipes

Some dogs require a grain-free diet, while others owners just prefer to feed a grain-free diet because they believe it is a healthier alternative for their pet. Keep in mind that these grain free recipes are also gluten free, which may also benefit dogs with food allergies.

13. Grain-Free Turkey Dinner Treats for Dogs

How about a turkey dinner for your pup who doesn’t do grains? This recipe fits the bill exactly.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oat bran
  • ¼ cup amaranth seed
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ grated sweet potato
  • ½ cup shredded carrots

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Grease an 11” loaf pan. Mix together ingredients completely and pour into loaf pan. Bake for an hour or until cooked through. Cut into small squares and keep refrigerated once cooled.

14. Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie Cookies

If your pup has a taste for pumpkin but doesn’t do grain, these treats capture pumpkin pie flavor without the grains.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups brown rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • ¾ cup natural pumpkin puree
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • ¼ cold water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl and mix.

Add half the wet ingredients to the dry and stir. Add the remaining wet ingredients and stir. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake 30 minutes or until browned.

15. Healthy Mashed Potato Pet Treats

Forget the loaded mashed potatoes for your pup, try these healthy mashed potato treats instead. This is also a limited ingredient Christmas dog treat recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain mashed potato
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 shredded carrot

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together ingredients and roll into 24 balls. Bake 15 minutes or until browned.

16. Sweet Potato Casse-Cookies for Dogs

Sweet potato casserole is a Christmas feast favorite and now your pup can get a taste of this holiday treat too.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 2 tsp low sodium poultry seasoning
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 225° F. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix together poultry seasoning, almond meal, and coconut flour. Mix in ¼ cup water and sweet potato and mix. Add more water if needed. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake 25 min. until browned.

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17. Christmas Detox Cookies

A favorite recipe of Mrs. Claus, who can’t get enough sweets even when she’s detoxing the day after Christmas. This is also one of the healthiest Christmas dog treat recipes on this list.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • ½ cup mashed bananas
  • ½ cup mashed blueberries
  • ½ natural peanut butter

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir, adding more water if needed. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned.

18. Rudolph’s Carrot and Apple Cookies

Rudolph and your pup have a few things in common, including a love for carrots and apples.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup unsweet applesauce
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Combine ingredients together until mixed. Roll the dough and cut cookies. Bake until browned.

19. Sweet Potato Pie Dog Treats

Sweet potato pie is a delicious way to round off Christmas dinner, but not too dog-friendly. Try these sweet potato pie treats instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato (or natural canned)
  • 1 beaten egg

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake until browned.

20. Mrs. Claus Molasses Carob Chip Cookies

Mrs. Claus always adds a little extra sweetness to everything she does, including these molasses carob chip cookies. Not only is this one of the best Christmas dog treat recipes, these cookies are also a lot of fun to make!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups white rice flour
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ cup no fat powdered milk
  • 1/8 cup peanut oil
  • 1/8 cup margarine
  • 2 Oz. melted carob chips
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300° F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the wet ingredients and stir. Refrigerate the dough until chilled. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies. Bake for 1 hour until golden.

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