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  • Writer's pictureHannah Stein

DIY Holiday Doggy Treats

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is cooking great food with even better company. I love baking and I love my dog (of course!). With these recipes, I get to do one of my favorite things for my favorite doggy. Don't let your pup miss out on the holiday fun by trying out some of these delicious (and safe for human consumption) holiday treats. 

1. Gingerbread Dog Cookies

What you'll need:

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoon oil

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger

  • More flour for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Add eggs, oil and molasses to a medium mixing bowl and beat until combined.

  3. Mix together gluten free flour and spices in a smaller mixing bowl until evenly distributed. Fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until a dough forms.

  4. Flour the counter or a large cutting board, roll the dough out to about 1/4” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Reroll the scraps and continue cutting into shapes.

  5. Place cookies on a baking sheet between 1/2” to 1” apart. Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate pan, flip cookies, reduce oven temperature to 300°F and bake for another 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight containers for up to two weeks.

*Recipe and Photo by Wild Wild Whisk

2. Doggy Candy Canes

What you'll need: 

  • 2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree

  • 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

  • 2 Eggs

  • Up to 3 Cups Oat Flour

  • Red and Green Food Coloring


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the pumpkin, peanut butter, and eggs. Mix on medium-high speed for a couple of minutes (scraping down the sides of the bowl, as necessary) until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

  • With the mixer on low, gradually add 2-1/2 cups of the flour, mixing until just incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup of flour at a time (as necessary) until the dough is no longer sticky to the touch. 

  • Remove the dough ball from the mixing bowl and knead with your hands for a minute or two. Separate the dough ball into two equal-sized balls of dough. Flatten one dough ball and place a couple of drops of green food coloring into the middle. Fold the dough in on itself and knead the food coloring into the dough ball until the dough is completely green.Repeat with the remaining ball of dough – coloring it red.

  • Break each dough ball up into several 1″-2″ balls (depending on how big your want your dog treats to be).Using your hands and the counter top, roll a green ball into a long skinny snake. Roll a red ball into a long skinny snake (equal in length). Now braid the two snakes together (one over the other) until they are completely twisted. Bend the top half of the twisted dough down to form a candy cane-shape. Place the candy cane onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining balls of green and red dough.

  • Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the bottoms begin to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely.

*Recipe and Photo by Capturing Parenthood

3. Cranberry Apple Mint Biscuits

What you'll need:


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  3. Mix well with a spoon, then knead with fingers.

  4. Lightly sprinkle countertop with flour and roll out dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4" thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

*Recipe and Photo by Bark and Biscuits

4. Coconut Snowballs

What you'll need:

  • 1 c coconut oil

  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter

  • 2 1/2 c rolled oats

  • 1/3 c shredded coconut (sugar-free)

  • small banana


  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor.

  2. Prepare a tray or container that will fit in your fridge.

  3. Take a spoonful of the mixture and form a small ball.

  4. Roll the ball in the shredded coconut until fully covered.

  5. Place onto the tray and put into the fridge for 30 minutes.

*Recipe and Photo by Sit Stay Love

Let us know how your homemade doggy treats turned out! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #THPR for the chance to be featured!


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1 Comment

Jun 18, 2021

this site was supposed to list what foods not to give dogs but instead gave recipes for dog treats. duuuhhh! how about listing the stuff that is bad for them as well---moron!

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