Simple Homemade Christmas Cookies Dog Treats

Peppermint Christmas Cookies

Makes 25 to 30 3-inch-long dog bone–shaped cookies

Peppermint is associated with the winter holidays; we love candy canes. However, the scent of peppermint can be very strong to a dog’s sensitive nose, so these cookies contain just a touch of it.

Ingredients Peppermint Christmas Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄3 cup low-sodium chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring or a red dye alternative (optional)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint oil flavoring

How To make Peppermint Christmas Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the eggs, water, food coloring, and peppermint; mix well. Then knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball. Place the ball on a floured breadboard. Roll out to about 1⁄4 inch thick.
  • Cut the dough into shapes, using either Christmas cookie cutters or a dog bone shape.
  • Place the shapes on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Take the cookie sheets out of the oven and, using a spatula, flip the cookies over. Put them back in the oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

Potato Cranberry Christmas Cookies

Makes 40 to 50 1⁄2-teaspoon-size cookies

This meat-free recipe with bright cranberry on top is appealing to most dogs. These cookies are heavy (potato flour is not light!), so make them small.

Ingredients for Potato Cranberry Christmas Cookies

  • 2 cups potato flour
  • 1 cup garbanzo flour
  • 1 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup evaporated lowfat milk
  • 1⁄2 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole frozen cranberries

How To make Potato Cranberry Christmas Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all the ingredients except the cranberries. The dough will be heavy and stiff.
  • Drop by 1⁄2 teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets. Place a whole cranberry in the center of each cookie, pushing the berry in slightly so that it stays in position.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

Christmas Cranberry Corn Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Although few dogs will eat a fresh cranberry, many will eagerly eat foods with cranberries in them, as cooking the berries with other ingredients makes them sweeter. These festive-looking muffins are great for a canine Christmas celebration.

Ingredients for Christmas Cranberry Corn Muffins

  • 1⁄2 cup ground high-quality dry dog food kibble
  • 1 7-ounce package Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg

How To make Christmas Cranberry Corn Muffins

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put the dog food kibble in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse flour. Measure 1⁄2 cup after grinding.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the ground dog food kibble and the Jiffy Corn Muffin mix.
  • Puree the fresh or frozen cranberries, along with the milk and egg, in a blender or food processor.
  • Add the pureed cranberry mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix well.
  • Grease or line muffin cups with paper (not foil) baking cups. Pour the batter into the cups, filling each 1⁄2 to 2⁄3 full.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

Striped Peppermint Christmas Canes

Makes 20 to 30 3-inch canes

This is a fun recipe to make—it will really get you into the holiday spirit.

Ingredients for Striped Peppermint Christmas Canes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄3 cup low-sodium chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring or a red dye alternative (optional)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint oil flavoring

Method for Striped Peppermint Christmas Canes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the eggs and water; mix well. Then knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  • Form the dough into two balls. Set one aside.
  • Slightly flatten the remaining dough ball on a breadboard and make an indentation in the top of it. Drop the food coloring and peppermint into the indentation and then knead the dough again, mixing the new ingredients throughout the dough. (Use gloves if you’re concerned about your hands taking on some of the food coloring.)
  • When the dough is well kneaded, divide it into numerous walnut-size balls. 6. Divide the ball of dough that was set aside into walnut-size balls, too. Keep the two types of dough separate.

Kashi Cookies dog treat

Makes 20 to 25 3-inch-long dog bone–shaped cookies

Sunny, a Golden Retriever, likes crunchy treats. He chooses these whole-grain cookies every time, even over treats that contain meat.

Ingredients for Kashi Cookies Dog Treat

  • 2 cups Honey Puffed Kashi cereal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Honey Puffed Kashi cereal, for rolling out treats

How To Make Kashi Cookies Dog Treat

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Use a blender or food processor to grind 2 cups Kashi cereal to a coarse powder
  • .In a large bowl, mix the ground Kashi with the flour and baking powder. Add the water and egg and mix until a dough forms. Knead the dough with your hands until the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Place the ball of dough on a floured breadboard and flatten. Roll out about halfway and turn over. Sprinkle 1⁄2 cup unground Kashi cereal over the dough and roll it into the dough as you finish rolling it out to about 1⁄4 inch thick.
  • Use a 3-inch dog bone–shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes.
  • Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Turn the cookies over and put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container

Crunchier Treats:

For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.

Homemade Peanut Butter, Honey, and Oat Cookies treat for dog

Makes 50 3-inch-long dog bone–shaped cookies

These peanut butter cookies smell just like the ones Grandma used to make—so much so that you’ll have a hard time saving these soft, crumbly cookies for the dogs in the family!

Ingredients for Homemade Peanut Butter, Honey, And Oat Cookies Treat For Dog

  • 1 cup crunchy (or extra-crunchy) natural peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1⁄3 cup honey
  • 1⁄3 cup low-sodium chicken or beef bouillon powder
  • 1⁄3 cup warm water

How To make Homemade Peanut Butter, Honey, And Oat Cookies Treat For Dog

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Warm the peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, until it’s soft enough to mix with the other ingredients.
  • Grind 2 cups of the quick oats in a food processor or blender until a coarse flour.
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together all the ingredients.
  • Drop the dough onto a breadboard sprinkled with flour or more ground quick oats. Work the dough on the board until you can make a ball. Roll out the dough to about 1⁄4 inch thick.
  • Use a 3-inch dog bone–shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes.
  • Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets. (The dough is soft and crumbly, so transfer the cut-out shapes gently.)
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

Crunchier Treats:

For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.

Homemade Three-Cheese Cookies dog treat

Makes 20 to 30 bite-size treats

Gina, a lovely feminine Rottweiler, suffered horrible abuse in her first home. But Gina’s a lucky one; today, she’s a treasured companion. Gina can be a picky eater but loves these cheesy cookies.

Ingredients Homemade Three-Cheese Cookies Dog Treat

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 cup grated canned Parmesan and Romano cheese
  • 1⁄4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⁄2 cup evaporated lowfat milk

How To Make Homemade Three-Cheese Cookies Dog Treat

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all the ingredients well.
  • Form the dough into teaspoon-size balls.
  • Place on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container

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