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Preparing Holiday Treats For Your Dogs

Preparing Holiday Treats For Your Dogs

The holidays are a lovely time to pull out the baking trays and make festive cookies. Why not include your furry friend in the festivities by making a batch of homemade treats just for them?

Your dog deserves a special Christmas treat just like you, so get creative in the kitchen and make one of these delectable homemade holiday dog treat recipes.

The holidays are a time to celebrate and laugh with friends and loved ones. And your pet family is no exception. Unfortunately, not all of our favorite holiday traditions are pet-friendly, but if there is one Christmas tradition that your dog would like, it’s those special holiday meals and treats.

When you’re eating your favorite holiday foods, it’s difficult to resist those sad puppy dog looks. They only want a bite, but not everything we eat is safe or healthy for your dog to consume. Instead of sharing your Christmas meal with them, why not make it more special and make one for them? So, here are some Christmas dog treats ideas to try to keep your pup’s tail wagging all season.

Peanut Butter and Ginger Cookies

Peanut butter dog treats are absolutely everyone’s favorite. Just ensure to use natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain any potentially dangerous chemicals like grape jelly or Xylitol. Add a bit of ginger to the mix, and you’ve got a Christmas spin on a tasty doggie classic.

Did you also know that ginger is a beneficial herb for dogs? Not only is this Christmas dog treat idea simple and delicious, but it also has health advantages. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons ginger powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 14 cups of water

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 165°F.
  • In a large mixing basin, combine all the ingredients and shape the dough into a ball.
  • Roll out the dough until it is flat, then cut out the individual cookies with a cookie cutter. 
  • Place the treats on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, turn off the oven and let the treats in for 45 minutes or until it is crispy.

Sweet Potato Dog Treats With A Christmas Twist

Do you have leftover sweet potatoes from the holidays? Make some delicious cookies for your beloved dog! This dog treat recipe uses only four ingredients and is highly flexible. You can use yam, pumpkin, or whatever cooked squash you have on hand for the sweet potato. Avoid using ingredients prepared with spices or oil to keep your doggy safe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole-grain flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup cubed cooked sweet potato
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the flour and oats.
  • Mash the sweet potato roughly, then add the egg.
  • Mix the sweet potato and egg mixture into the dry ingredients until combined.
  • Add more flour or small quantities of water to produce a dough.
  • Roll out the dough onto a floured board and cut out cookies
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For 5 to 7 days, store in an airtight container.

Gingerbread Dog Treat

Whether it’s the warm cinnamon or caramel flavor or the adorable shapes of the small gingerbread men – gingerbread always adds a joyful and nostalgic vibe to the holidays.

Ginger is not harmful to dogs. Dogs can consume ginger in tiny amounts on a regular basis since it has anti-viral, non-toxic, and anti-fungal effects. Ginger is very mild on dogs’ tummies and supports intestinal health. And it’s one of the many reasons ginger is such a beneficial herb for senior dogs.

These handmade gingerbread cookies for dogs are a terrific way to celebrate Christmas with your furry friend because they are healthy, easy to make, dog-safe, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup and 1/4 cup of water
  • A quarter cup of olive oil
  • Molasses, 1/2 cup
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, organic
  • Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh ginger, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  • Gather two huge bowls. Combine the water, olive oil, molasses, and honey in a mixing bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon, cloves, and finely chopped ginger in the second bowl.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until everything is well blended.
  • Divide the dough in half, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 3.5 hours.
  • Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness (less than a centimeter).
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 F).
  • Cut out the biscuits with your Gingerbread Cookie Cutter. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10-15 minutes.
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