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How To: Make Christmas Dog Treats

Have you been busy baking cookies for Santa? Take a break from those regular sugar cookies and bake some treats for the fluffiest and cutest members of your family!

Baking dog treats instead of buying them can be a blast! There are also many recipes out there that are much healthier for your dog than the ones found in stores! Plus, you can always trust your home-made treats because you know the exact ingredients needed to bake them!

Here are just a few Christmas dog treat recipes that your pup will drool over!

1) Cheese and Garlic Treats


  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 c. grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 lb. corn oil butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Pinch of salt


- Grate the cheese and let stand until it reaches room temperature.
- Cream the cheese with the softened butter, garlic, salt and flour.
- Add enough milk to form into a ball. Chill for 1/2 hour.
- Roll onto floured board.
- Cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until slightly brown and firm.

2) Candy Cane Treats


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


- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease the cookie sheets.Light Dough
- In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix well. - Now add all the wet ingredients. - Mix the ingredients well. The resulting dough will be nice and firm. Dark Dough
- In a different mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients for the dark dough. - Now add all the wet ingredients. - Mix the ingredients well. The resulting dough will be softer than the light dough. - 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. - 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. - Bake for 10-15 minutes.

3) Christmas Mint Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups bisquick
  • 1/2 cup mint chopped leaves
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup


- Combine all ingredients in food processor, process until well mixed - Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. - Cut with holiday shaped cookie cutters, place on non-stick cookie pan. - Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. - Cool and store in air-tight container.

4) Puppy Dog Egg Nog


  • 1 container plain yogurt
  • 1 jar baby food (any meat flavor)
  • 1 large can evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups water


-Blend all ingredients. - Serve in holiday bowls.

5) Ginger Bread Bones


  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup of molasses
  • ½ cup of water
  • A quarter cup of canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cloves


- Preheat oven to 350°. - Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. - Roll out dough on floured baking board to about 5mm thick. - Using a dog bone shape cookie cutter to cut as many shapes until the dough is all used up. - Place cut dough on ungreased foiled baking sheets. - Bake the cookies for 30 minutes. - Allow it to cool for at least 2 hours before serving.

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