Picture this: Alexa is playing "All I Want for Christmas is You", you have a plaid apron tied loosely around your waist, and your dog is giving you their class tail-wag dance, knowing very well you are about to work some magic in the kitchen. Baking cookies and fruitcakes are a given every single Christmas season, so what else can you do to make it really jolly at home?
Bake some Christmas-themed treats for your dogs! This simple and delicious recipe ensures a festive treat for your pup, and it's easy enough for even the most novice bakers.
Ingredients for Christmas Treats:
Two cups of whole wheat flour: A healthier alternative to refined flour, whole wheat flour provides essential nutrients for your dog.
1/2 cup of rolled oats: Adds a hearty texture and additional fiber to the treats.
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce: Provides natural sweetness and binds the ingredients together.
1/4 cup of peanut butter: Opt for a variety without xylitol, as it can harm dogs. Peanut butter adds a tasty flavor and healthy fats.
1/4 cup of water: Adjust as needed to achieve the right consistency for the dough.
One teaspoon of cinnamon: A dog-friendly spice that adds a hint of warmth to the treats.
Instructions for making our Christmas Dog Treats:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, applesauce, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Mix well.
Gradually add water to the mixture until a dough forms. You want it to be firm but pliable.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
Use dog-themed cookie cutters to create festive shapes. Stars, bones, and trees are perfect for the holiday season.
Place the shaped treats on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Allow the treats to cool completely before letting your dog enjoy them.
Storage: Store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature. They can also be frozen for a longer shelf life.
Portion Control: While these treats are healthy, remember to offer them in moderation, considering your dog's size and dietary needs.
Personalization: Feel free to customize the recipe by adding dog-friendly toppings like yogurt drizzle or carob chips for extra flair.
Some dogs enjoy sliced carrots on top for an added crunch!
Whipping up these delightful homemade Christmas dog treats is not just about giving your furry friend a special holiday snack; it's a beautiful way to deepen your bond with your newest family member on four paws. Let's spread some cheer and create heartwarming memories together this festive season with our beloved dogs!