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  • Writer's pictureJohn Burdge

Christmas Treat Recipe for Dogs

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:

  1. Two cups of whole wheat flour: A healthier alternative to refined flour, whole wheat flour provides essential nutrients for your dog.

  2. 1/2 cup of rolled oats: Adds a hearty texture and additional fiber to the treats.

  3. 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce: Provides natural sweetness and binds the ingredients together.

  4. 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.

  5. 1/4 cup of water: Adjust as needed to achieve the right consistency for the dough.

  1. One teaspoon of cinnamon: A dog-friendly spice that adds a hint of warmth to the treats.


Instructions for making our Christmas Dog Treats:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, applesauce, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Mix well.

  3. Gradually add water to the mixture until a dough forms. You want it to be firm but pliable.

  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.

  5. Use dog-themed cookie cutters to create festive shapes. Stars, bones, and trees are perfect for the holiday season.

  6. Place the shaped treats on a parchment-lined baking tray.

  7. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

  8. Allow the treats to cool completely before letting your dog enjoy them.


Tips:

  • 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!


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