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Last Updated on December 21, 2020 by ellen
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for your favorite pup, make a batch of these Christmas dog treats. Try this easy recipe today.
Making homemade dog snacks is really easy and I’ve shared several of my favorites here before. Have you tried these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats?
Christmas Dog Treats
So, what makes this Christmas dog treat recipe different than any other? The cranberries give these treats a nice festive look. But, you can enjoy them any time of the year.
Not only do these snacks make a wonderful gift for your dog, but they are also a thoughtful gift idea for anyone who has a dog in their life.
You can deliver them on a Christmas platter covered with plastic wrap. Or, you can place them in a jar or a plastic container topped with a red bow.
What can I give my dog for Christmas?
We all love giving our pets presents, but they don’t appreciate them only during the holidays. Here are a few things they will love year-round.
- Squeaky toys
- Bully sticks
- Dog bed
- Rope toys
- Giggle ball toy
If you’re looking for a fun way to spoil your pet, you might want to consider Pet Plate. You can get fresh-made dog food delivered right to your door.
Best Christmas dog toys
You can find quite a few Christmas dog treats on Chewy.com. They have an amazing selection for all of your pets.
What human food makes good dog treats?
There are many different human foods that your dogs can eat safely. Here are just a few suggestions.
- Peanut butter
- Green beans
Tools / equipment needed
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Small dough scoop or rolling pin & cookie cutters
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
You can either scoop the dough using a small dough scoop. Or, you can roll the dough out and use cookie cutters. Adjust the cooking time as needed.
What kind of cranberries should I use?
This Christmas dog treats recipe uses fresh cranberries. If you cannot find them, you can probably substitute blueberries instead. But, they won’t be red for Christmas.
If your dog isn’t used to eating cranberries, you might want to chop them up when you make the recipe.
How many should I feed my dog?
These Christmas dog treats are meant to be just that, a treat. How many you feed your dog at one time will really depend on their size.
You can make them larger or smaller depending on the size of your pet. Just adjust the cooking time.
A Great Dane will enjoy two or three. A toy poodle should have 1. Do not feed these as a meal. They are meant as an occasional snack.
What kind of stock should I use?
You can use beef, chicken, or vegetable stock when you make these Christmas dog treats. Just be very sure that the broth does not have onions in it. Onions are toxic to dogs.
I like to use a broth that is intended for dogs rather than for people. This brand is my favorite.
How should I store these Christmas dog treats?
You will need to keep these in the refrigerator in a container with a tightly fitting lid. Make sure that you allow them to cool completely before you give them to your dog.
Stored properly these homemade dog treats should stay good in the refrigerator for up 7 to 10 days. Just feed them one or two at a time to reward them for good behavior.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- 1 cup whole fresh cranberries or blueberries
- 16 oz (1 can) pumpkin puree, unsweetened
- 1 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add more broth if the dough is too dry.
- Either roll the dough into balls or roll it out with a rolling pin & cut with cookie cutters.
- Bake for 50 minutes. Time will vary based on the size of the cookie. Check frequently.
- Remove from the oven & allow to cool completely.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She has been running a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont for the past three years. She’s a proud Mommy to 2 shelter kitties. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.