‘Tis the season to be jolly…and full! We love the holidays especially the scrumptious food that make this season extra special. Sharing is caring, so it’s not exactly surprising when we sneak some of that delicious food to our furkids. Not all human food is safe for our dogs though. However, this doesn’t mean we let them miss out on the fun! Here are 12 holiday treat recipes for our fur babies who deserve nothing but the best.

1. Candy Cane-Shaped Treats

Christmas Candy Cane-Shaped Dog Treats | Instructables.com

During holidays, candy canes are a staple in most homes. Unfortunately, we can’t give them to our dogs as they’re in high in sugar! So, why not give them a more nutritious and delicious alternative to candy canes? Check this easy-to-make Christmas cookie recipe from Instructables.


Light dough
4 Cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup Cornmeal
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 Cup peanut butter
1 1/2 Cups water

Dark dough
4 Cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup cornmeal
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 Cup molasses
1 Tablespoon oil
1 1/2 Cups water

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare cookie sheets.
2. To make the light dough, mix all the dry ingredients in one large mixing bowl. Add all the wet ingredients and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients for the dark dough. Add the remaining wet ingredients. Because of the molasses, it will be more challenging to mix the ingredients. Using your hands will help a lot!
4. Pinch off a small piece of dough about the size of a ping pong ball and roll it out into a small log that is about 1/4″ thick and 4 inches long. For the dark dough, you will need to flour your cutting board otherwise you will end up with a giant mess.
5. On a floured surface, place a light and dark dough log side-by-side and twist together. Then gently bend the top of the twisted dough so that it looks like a candy cane.
6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes

2. Cranberry Christmas Cookies

Your favorite cranberry for this delectable dog treat!

Cranberries are usually in the spotlight during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Got some cranberry juice left? Give your pets a very-cranberry treat with these yummy holiday cookies. Not only are cranberries delicious to boot, they’re also packed with nutrients that help keep your dog’s’ bladder and urinary tract healthy and improves digestion.


1 1/2 cups barley flour
1 1/2 cups green pea flour (or other flour substitutes)
1/2 tsp unprocessed sea salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground seaweed/algae
1 egg
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
2/3 cup pure, unsweetened cranberry juice
1/4 cup pure honey (Manuka Honey offers more mineral benefits)
3/4 cup plain yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare cookie sheets by greasing them with extra virgin olive oil
2. Mix all the ingredients together
3. Roll into 1-inch balls and arrange on your cookie sheets
4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown

3. Irresistible Christmas Cookies

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Treats | Barkpost.com

With peanut butter and yogurt as this cookie’s main ingredients, dogs will definitely find this delectable recipe hard to resist! Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fat. Just make sure your peanut butter doesn’t have xylitol, a sugar replacement sweetener that’s toxic to our furkids.


2 cups flour (whole wheat or unbleached is best)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
water as needed

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Combine all of the ingredients above until it forms a soft dough. You can add a small amount of water if the dough is dry.
3. Roll out the dough on some parchment paper and cut out using holiday cookie cutters
4. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes
5. Make sure to cool treats before serving to your furkids

4. Calvin’s Christmas Cookies

Calvin’s Christmas Cookies | The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Wondering who Calvin is? Well, he’s one lucky beagle whose fur mom loves to create sumptuous recipes made from nutritious ingredients. She wanted to include Calvin in the festivities and decided to whip up her own version of holiday cookies. Here’s the Calvin-approved recipe we found on The Scrumptious Pumpkin.


1 cup rye flour (or substitute rice flour or all-purpose flour)
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons organic honey
3½ tablespoons olive oil (or substitute organic canola oil)
2 tablespoons organic dried cranberries, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

1. Add the flour, baking powder, applesauce, honey, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
2. Preheat oven to 350° F.
3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick.
4. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Firmly press a few pieces of chopped cranberries and pumpkin seeds into the top of each cookie.
6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until treats are firm to the touch.

5. Grain-Free Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Grain-Free Sweet Potato Dog Treats | The Healthy Maven

Maybe you have a picky eater on your hands. He might not like pumpkin treats, so sweet potato as the main ingredient is a delicious substitute. What’s more, you can make a huge batch of these sweet, dog-friendly treats to give to your besties who are fur parents as well.


1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed (about 1 large)
1/4-1/2 cup water (or other dog-safe liquid)
Bone-shaped cookie cutters, if desired
Coconut oil, for greasing pan
Mason jars to store

1. Preheat oven to 225°F and grease two baking trays with coconut oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine almond meal, coconut flour, and poultry seasoning. Add in sweet potato and 1/4 cup of liquid and stir until well-combined. If mixture is too thick to roll out, add in more liquid. The mixture should be thick and dry but not crumbly.
3. Divide dough into two parts and roll out each part using your hands (you can use a rolling pin, but you don’t have to!) to 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter and place cookies on a tray.
4. Re-roll dough and use cutter until all dough has been used.
5. Bake for 25 minutes. Swap trays so top tray goes to bottom and bottom to top and then bake for another 25 minutes. Turn oven off and let cookies cool in closed oven.
6. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the tray for at least 1 hour. Store in mason jars.

Author’s note: They may get a bit soft in mason jars so ideally store with the lid off but they still hold together even when stored in a closed mason jar. Shelf life is approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

6. Apples-Carrot Cookies

Homemade Dog Treats | My Baking Addiction

What’s a holiday without warm apple pie to fill our hungry tummy? A sad one that’s for sure. It’s a yearly tradition we all have come to love! So, if you have some leftover or extra applesauce, don’t let it go to waste! Let your furry pals enjoy the goodness of apples with these wholesome cookies.


1 cup of whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour
1 cup of grated carrots
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1. Preheat oven 350°F.
2. Mix ingredients together until dough forms.
3. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about 1/4 inch thick.
5. Bake until golden brown. Cool on wire rack before serving.

Note: If the dough is really sticky, add a few more tablespoons of flour. 1/2 teaspoon of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.

7. Peanut Butter & Ginger Snaps

Peanut Butter & Ginger Snaps Dog Treats | Pretty Fluffy

Does your dog enjoy peanut butter treats? Bake a batch of PB & ginger snaps that are not only delectable, but they can also help ease your dog’s upset stomach and car sickness as well. If you’re planning a holiday road trip, bring some of these cookies along.


2 Cups Almond Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 – 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Water

1. Preheat oven to 329°F.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and form a ball with the dough.
3. Roll the dough out until flat and use a cookie cutter to cut out the individual treats.
4. Place your treats onto your baking tray and bake for 25 minutes.
5. Turn oven off after 25 minutes and leave the treats in the oven for 45 more minutes, or until crisp.

*Makes approximately 20 to 30 treats

8. Apple Mint Christmas Dog Bones

Apple-Mint Christmas Dog Bones | Best Dog Treat Recipes

There’s something about the holidays that makes people want to create food and drinks with mint as an ingredient. Maybe it’s got to do with the hugely popular peppermint candy canes kids (and the young at heart!) love to munch on during the holidays. We all know we can’t share candies with our dogs, so here’s a minty alternative to the iconic candy canes.


1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 ½ teaspoon dry baking yeast
2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring or spinach powder (to get the color desired)
7/8 cup water

*Please note that the author uses a bread machine to make these treats. If you’re using a mixer, use the dough hook and follow your mixer’s instructions on how to make bread.

1. Place everything in the bread machine on the dough cycle.
2. When the dough is ready, roll it to 1/4” thick with a non-stick rolling pin.
3. Using a mini bone cookie cutter, cut the dough into mini dog bone shapes.
4. Bake at 250°F for about an hour. Make sure they don’t get too brown.
5. Turn off the oven and let the mini dog bones dry completely in the oven (works best overnight!)

9. Christmas Carob Mint Dog Cookies

Christmas Carob Mint Dog Cookies | Paw Luxury

For some time now, people who can’t have chocolate turn to carob, a sweet ingredient that’s native to the Middle East but fortunately can be found worldwide. When roasted, it can be used as cocoa powder and even used to make ice cream, brownies and more! It’s no surprise that it’s being used as an ingredient in dog treats as well. Here’s a recipe to satisfy your dog’s cravings for chocolates.


1 cup flour
1 cup baking mix (Bisquick or Jiffy)
5 drops mint flavoring
¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons margarine
1 egg
1 teaspoon corn syrup
Carob mint, melted


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cookie sheets.
2. Mix all ingredients and roll out onto a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick.
3. Cut with a bone-shape or holiday cookie cutters and position on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned
5. Cool cookies then dip them halfway into melted carob or spoon the carob icing over half of each cookie
6. Make sure cookies are cooled down before storing, gift wrapping or giving to your pup. Store these treats in a sealed, airtight container for freshness.

Note: Please do not substitute carob with chocolate chips as chocolate is toxic to dogs.

10. Peppermint Holidog Christmas Dog Treat

Peppermint Holidog Christmas Dog Treat Recipe | Pet Guide

Thinking of what to give the neighbors’ dogs for Christmas? Spread the holiday cheer with this yummy treat that will keep bad doggie breath and stomach ailments at bay. Simply put them in mason jars, tie with a pretty ribbon and voila! You have the perfect holiday gift for every good dog in the neighborhood.


3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup water
1 tsp molasses
2 Tbs peanut butter
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp peppermint extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, molasses, peanut butter, water, olive oil, and peppermint extract until smooth
3. Knead flour on a floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with festive cookie cutters and place on non-stick cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Store treats in a sealed container and refrigerate or freeze.

11. Wheat-Free Christmas Cake Recipe

Wheat Free Christmas Cake Recipe | My Itchy Dog

Like humans, dogs also suffer from food intolerance. One of the most common things that can cause food allergy in dogs is wheat. If your dog is allergic to wheat, it’s important to choose flour that’s gluten and wheat-free just like what’s included in this recipe. If you’re planning a surprise party for your furry pals, here’s a nutritious, moist cake to complete the celebration.


For the cake
80g (3oz) gluten and wheat free flour
2 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt
1 tbsp chopped sweet potato
1 tbsp chopped papaya
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg

For the icing
180 grams low-fat cream cheese
1 tsp olive oil

For the decoration
40g (1 ½ oz) gluten and wheat free flour
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp all natural red, green, pink or blue food coloring


For the cake
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Soak the chopped sweet potato and papaya in warm water for 5 minutes to soften then drain.*
3. Mix together the flour, egg, yogurt, baking powder, vanilla, olive oil, honey and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
4. Fold in the softened sweet potato and papaya into the mixture and stir well.
5. Pour the mixture into a greased 5″ sandwich tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.**

*You can use unsweetened papaya, coconut chunks or even dried apple and banana.
** If you don’t have a suitable sandwich tin then fill three greased muffin cups leaving a little room at the top for the mixture to expand.

For the icing
Beat the cream cheese and oil together until fluffy. Spread it over the top and sides of the cake and use the back of a spoon to fluff it up.

For the decoration
To make the holly decoration, mix together gluten-free flour and coconut oil then gradually add water until you have made a dough. Add the food coloring and blend into the dough with a spoon then chill for 20 minutes before shaping them into your desired holly decor.

12. Carob Chip Cookies

Homemade Carob Chip Cookies for your Dog | Life & Dog

Can’t get enough of the carob mint cookies? Here’s another version of the chocolate-free cookies that your dog will surely love!


1 cup Brown or White Rice flour (all-purpose flour is fine as long as your dog is not allergic to wheat
½ cup rolled oats
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup water
1 egg
¼ cup local honey
½ cup unsweetened carob chips
Optional: ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Mix the flour, oats and baking powder in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix together the peanut butter, water, egg, and honey on the lowest speed.
3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix until combined. Continue mixing the dough as you add the chips.
4. Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper and bake until the edges are golden. For added flavor, sprinkle the dough with ground ginger before placing in the oven.

Got any holiday treat recipes for dogs to share? Spread the holiday cheer by sharing your favorite recipes with us and our furkids in the comments section below.