The holidays are the perfect time to make homemade treats for you and your loved ones, two-legged and four-legged alike. We found the best holiday treat recipes that you can make for your dog this season, courtesy of Rover. This is a great way to bond with your dog and learn what they like to eat, or don’t like.

Applesauce and Oatmeal Base Cut-out Cookies

This is the base recipe for perfect cut-out cookies. You can combine this recipe with the red and green cookie doughs below for dazzling cookie creations, or just use natural food coloring to create any color cookies you like.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute with regular flour for a whiter dough)
  • 2 cups rolled oat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º

Combine all ingredients in food processor or stand mixer. Add flour as necessary until dough is no longer sticky and is ready to roll out.

For different colored dough, divide into separate bowls and add natural food coloring.

Keep dough covered to prevent drying between batches. You can rehydrate dough with a little coconut oil as needed.

Bake at 350º for 20 minutes and let cool before serving.

Notes

This dough refrigerates up to a week, and freezes for 3 months.

Spinach Holiday Dog Treat Recipe

This recipe results in a bright green cookie dough with a lovely, shaggy texture, perfect for Christmas tree, wreath, and holly cookie cutters.

A word of caution, the inherent dampness of the spinach will give this recipe a shorter shelf life, so keep the finished cookies in the fridge if they will not be consumed within 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen spinach thawed, drained, and excess water squeezed out
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute with any flour your dog enjoys)
  • 2 cups rolled oat flour
  • 6 capsules chlorophyll
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • A few drops of peppermint extract
  • 2 eggs
  • OPTIONAL: dried cranberries for decoration

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º

Thaw a package of frozen spinach in the microwave.

Drain the spinach as much as humanly possible. Press the spinach into a colander, squeeze with your hands, or press into a tea towel. This will ensure your cookies aren’t too soggy.

Place the dried spinach in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until spinach is thoroughly pureed. This will make cutting out cookies easier. If you skip this step, your cookies will just be a little shaggier around the edges.

Add the flours, chlorophyll, and parsley and pulse to combine well.

Add the applesauce, peppermint, and eggs and pulse until dough forms.

Move dough to a board and add flour and work until ready for cookie cutting.

Add cranberries to cut cookies as you like for fancy decorating purposes.

Keep dough covered to prevent drying out between batches. You can rehydrate dough with a little coconut oil.

Bake at 350º for 20 minutes and let cool before serving.

Cranberry Holiday Dog Treat Recipe

This recipe is for a festive red dough that sports just a hint of tangy cranberry. If the color isn’t bright enough, you can add a little natural red food coloring to get your perfect shade.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup plain applesauce
  • 1/4 cup dried low sugar cranberries
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute any flour you like)
  • 2 cups rolled oat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • OPTIONAL: natural red food coloring

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º

Microwave the applesauce and frozen cranberries together until thawed (about 2 minutes).

Put the fruit mixture and dried cranberries into a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.

Add the flours and pulse until combined.

Add the eggs, coconut oil, and food coloring if using, and pulse until dough comes together.

Work dough on floured board adding more flour as necessary to get a good working dough.

Keep dough covered to prevent drying out between cookie batches. You can rehydrate dried-out dough with a little coconut oil.

Bake at 350º for 20 minutes and let cool before serving.

Gingerbread Cookies for Dogs

We used a blend of healthy whole wheat and oat flour our recipe, but you can use any type of flour that works for your dog’s needs, or whatever you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cup oat flour (made from rolled oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • OPTIONAL: carob chips for gingerbread eyes and buttons

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º

Combine the flours, baking powder, and spices in a bowl and mix to combine.

Add the molasses and applesauce and mix to combine.

Add the egg, vanilla, and coconut oil and mix to combine, adding more flour if necessary.

Roll out gingerbread and cut into gingerbread men or your choice of shapes.

Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes or until just starting to get golden around the edges for a soft cookie, or until crunchy for longer shelf life.

Coconut Shortbread Snowflake Treats for Dogs

This fancy cookie is perfect for a special holiday treat. The triple threat of coconut shreds, coconut flour, and coconut oil creates a rich and crumbly cookie with a house-filling aroma.

Coconut is a popular ingredient for dogs and people these days that boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as making that coat shine!

Shortbread can be delicate when hot so make sure you let your snowflakes cool before removing from the cookie sheet!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup oat flour (make by blending rolled oats in your food processor or substitute with your favorite flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Egg wash (1 egg + 2 Tbsp cool water whisked together)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º

Cream coconut oil about 2 minutes in a stand mixer or just until fluffy.

Add ½ the coconut, flours, and baking powder and continue to mix on low.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix until a nice dough ball is formed.

Roll out dough about ¼” thick, as it will be delicate to work with until baked and cooled.

Cut out into simple shapes, coat with egg wash, then sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Bake at 350º for 18 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown around the edges.

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