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Christmas dog treats recipe

This 5 ingredient Christmas dog treats recipe is a healthier way to spoil your pup during the holidays. Drizzle with dog-friendly icing to make them extra special! Homemade dog treat recipes don’t have to be time-consuming or difficult and this quick and easy recipe is proof.

Christmas dog treat with frosting standing up in front of plate of dog cookies.

This simple recipe is mixed up in one bowl for easy cleanup. Then, roll out the dough, cut out your dog cookies and bake.

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Christmas dog biscuit recipe

Homemade dog treats are the perfect way to spoil your pup and what better time to do that than at the holidays?

Dog biscuits for Christmas stacked on top of each other with lights in the background.

When I’m baking cookies to share with friends and neighbors, I always include a little something for their pups.

This tasty treat (I know it’s good because I ate one) is something nice for their dogs and the icing drizzled on top makes them a little special.

Making treats for your dog is no more difficult than a batch of cookies. Plus, there are so many options when you make them yourself.

Ingredients

This Christmas cookie for dogs is made from 5 simple ingredients: ground oats, molasses, egg, cinnamon and peanut butter.

Ingredients for Christmas dog treats recipe.
  • Ground oats – put rolled oats into food processor and grind until they are almost oat flour consistency with a few small pieces still in the mix. You could also buy oat flour, but making it yourself is less expensive.
  • Molasses – regular molasses (I used Grandma’s brand), not blackstrap.
  • Egg – I used a large egg.
  • Cinnamon – regular ground cinnamon, nothing fancy.
  • Peanut butter – PLEASE make sure your PB doesn’t contain xylitol. (These brands contain xylitol, so avoid them for dog treats: Go Nuts, Co., Hank’s Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘N More, and P28)
3 dog treats stacked on top of each other.

What you need to make this recipe

Here is a list of helpful tools and equipment for making dog treats. Below are the items that I use most often.

Christmas dog treats recipe with icing in front of cookie cutter.

How to make this Christmas dog treats recipe

First, grind oats in the bowl of a food processor. You can see that they are pretty finely ground, but not quite flour consistency.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can purchase oat flour.

Oatmeal flour in food processor bowl.

Then, you’ll beat the egg with the cinnamon and molasses in a small bowl. Stir in the peanut butter and mix it in until it is uniform.

Lastly, stir in the ground oats and mix thoroughly. Roll out the dough, cut your shapes and bake!

How to make Christmas dog treats step by step photos.

To drizzle these Christmas dog cookies with icing, you’ll need to let them cool completely, just like any cookie. Let them cool on a rack for about 30 minutes before icing.

How to make dog friendly icing

This is the easiest dog icing ever! Mix a few tablespoons of low fat cream cheese with either plain yogurt or peanut butter. To get it to “piping consistency”, add a teaspoon or two of water to thin it out. That’s it – it couldn’t be easier.

Frequently asked questions

How long do homemade dog treats last?

Remember that these Christmas treats do not contain preservatives like commercially made biscuits. For best results, store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze (before icing) to store for longer.

Can dogs eat oatmeal?

Yes! Oatmeal in small quantities is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It is also part of a hypoallergenic diet for dogs with food sensitivities.

What is the best place to store treats?

Choose a cool, dry, dark location for best results. Do not store near the stove or in direct sunlight. Make sure treats are completely cooled before storing. 

Can I use a dehydrator to make treats extra crunchy?

Yes – you can use a dehydrator to pull even more moisture out of homemade biscuits. As each model is different, check your manual for your specific dehydrator.

DIY dog treats make great homemade Christmas gifts too. I like to make small dog treat bags to give away to friends and neighbors who have dogs.

Dog cookies for Christmas on a plate with Christmas decorations in the background.

Quick tips and tricks for the best dog treats

To save a few minutes, grind the oats in the food processor ahead of time.

Roll the treat dough between sheets of parchment paper to avoid using flour. If that isn’t a concern, liberally flour the countertop before rolling out the dough.

Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness for treats – this gives a good-sized treat without being too thick. Also, the baking time and the yield could vary if you roll them out thinner or thicker.

Be gentle when cutting Christmas dog cookies out of dough – if it breaks, just press it back together on the baking sheet before baking.

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Yield: 40 treats

Christmas dog treats recipe

Christmas dog treats recipe

This Christmas dog treats recipe is a quick and easy way to spoil your pup during the holidays.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Cooling Time (OPTIONAL) 30 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes

Ingredients

For treats

  • 2 cups ground oats (see note)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (see note)
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg (substitute flax or chia seed egg)

For dog-friendly icing

  • 3 tbsp. low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp. plain yogurt
  • pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg with cinnamon and molasses.
  3. Stir in peanut butter, mix until combined.
  4. Stir in ground oats and mix until thoroughly combined and uniform.
  5. Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/4" thickness. Use a 2 inch cookie cutter to cut out treats.
  6. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing an inch apart and bake for 18 - 22 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. Combine all ingredients for icing in a small bowl and drizzle over cooled dog treats. Let icing set for about 2 hours before storing.

Notes

Grind old-fashioned oats in food processor, or buy oat flour if you don't have a food processor.

Please see post for brands of peanut butter that contain xylitol - these are to be avoided for the safety of your pet.

Use regular molasses, not blackstrap.

Place dog-friendly icing in a piping bag or a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off to drizzle icing.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

40

Serving Size:

1 treat

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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