With the upcoming holidays, don’t let your pup resort to begging under the table! They deserve their own celebratory food, too. Plus, your guests will thank you for the extra legroom. Don’t worry about the extra shopping or trying to come up with dog-friendly recipes – we have you covered with some Christmas DIY dog treats that your dog will love!
1. Eggnog for Pooches
For many of us, this creamy beverage is a highlight of the holidays. It’s a lovely pairing to fruitcake and family. Even though your pup can’t savor the spirit in our eggnog, he can savor the spirit of Christmas with his own eggnog.
First, gather all the ingredients. For this recipe, you will need:
- 7 oz plain Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 2 oz sweet potato puree
- ¼ cup of water
Put all the ingredients in a blender. Then, blend until foamy and serve to your pup!
2. Peppermint Pups
Your dog may not be able to have Peppermint Bark, but Peppermint Pups could do the trick! With these treats on the menu, your pooch won’t be barking up the wrong treat this Christmas – they’ll have their own.
For this minty recipe, you will need:
- 1 tsp of peppermint extract
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups of whole wheat flour
After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Then, work the dough until it becomes smooth. Flatten the dough, then use a puppy-shaped cookie cutter to create your cookies. And finally, put all the shapes onto a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
After letting them cool, hand them out to your guests to keep your pup entertained, and full, throughout the evening!
3. Beef Biscuits
These may not sound appetizing to us, but for dogs they’re very tasty morsels. With a handful of these, you’ll be your dog’s favorite all night.
For this meaty recipe, you will need:
- ¾ cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup beef broth
- 3 cups wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp softened butter
- ¼ cup milk
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and then mix all of the ingredients – excluding the egg. When the dough is stiff, flatten and cut into shapes if desired. Then, place the biscuits on the cookie sheet. Beat the egg and 1 tbsp of milk, and then brush over the biscuits. Bake for 35 minutes, and voila! Wait for them to cool completely before serving to your pup.
4. Gingerbread Dogs
Everyone’s heard of gingerbread men, so how about you spice things up this Christmas with some gingerbread dogs! Your human guests would probably prefer the original, but your pup will absolutely love these.
For this spicy treat recipe, you will need:
- 1 tsp powder ginger
- 1 cup water
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 6 cups flour
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet in another. When the latter bowl is smooth enough, combine the dry mix and stir.
Take the dough and divide it into evenly sized balls. Then, put them in the refrigerator for about 4 hours. After they are properly chilled, sprinkle flour over the dough balls and roll them out flat. Use puppy-shaped cookie cutters to make your gingerbread dogs. Finally, put them on a cookie sheet and into the oven for 25 minutes. If you’re feeling adventurous, these are sweet enough to try for yourself! Make sure they’ve cooled completely before giving any to your pup.
5. Dog Christmas Delights
These tasty treats let your dog join in on the holiday fun and have their own special treat or meal.
For this delightful recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup graham flour
- 1/2 cup soy flour
- 1/3 pound raw chicken livers
- 2 tbsp chicken broth, or as much as needed
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 egg
If needed, move the oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees. Place one slightly greased baking pan to the side. Then, use a large bowl and a wire whisk to mix the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, graham flour, and soy flour together and set it aside. Use a food processor or blender to blend the chicken livers down to a paste, then beat in the broth, oil, and egg. Blend together until smooth. Next, slowly pour the blended mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix it with a spoon until it becomes a soft dough and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it is too dry, add a little bit more broth.
Slightly flour a flat surface and dump the dough onto it. Use a rolling to roll the dough out to approximately 1/2 inch thickness. Then, use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookie shapes and place them on the previously greased baking sheet. Make sure to reuse the scraps as you go, cutting out cookies and re-rolling dough until it is used up. As a note, the dough will become stiffer as you continue to work it. Once you’re done, bake the cookies for around 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are a light brown color and look dry. Remove them from the oven and place the tray on a cooling rack to allow them to cool completely, but don’t remove them from the tray. Turn off the oven, but keep the oven door closed to contain the warmth.
Once the cookies have cooled, place the tray back inside the warm oven on one baking tray (in case you used more than one) and let them sit in there undisturbed for 10-15 hours straight. This helps cure and harden them into crunchy, tasty biscuits for your dog.
With these Christmas dog treats, your dog will have no issue getting into the holiday spirit and feeling included! For even more variety, try these other DIY dog treat recipes!