Make These Cute Candy Cane-Inspired Dog Christmas Treats With Only 5 Ingredients 

With just 5 simple, healthy ingredients, you’ll create three different colored doughts that can be combined in different ways to create these delightfully festive candy cane-inspired dog Christmas treats.

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Get into the Holiday Spirit with These Cute Dog Christmas Treats!

I absolutely love making Christmas cookies, and I’m long overdue for adding a dog-friendly version to my baking list. So I am very excited with how this first attempt turned out!

If you are new to making dog treats, I think this recipe is a great place to start. These treats look much more elaborate than they are in reality.

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With just a few simple ingredients and absolutely no food coloring or other artificial ingredients, you can make a delicious, healthy dog treat that is sure to impress.

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Ingredients for Dog Christmas Treats

Do you believe that these incredibly cute Christmas treats only require 5 ingredients? Well, it’s true! Here is the full (and short) list of what you need:

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cranberries, pureed
  • 1/4 cup peas, pureed
  • 1/4 cup yogurt

Xtra Health Tip: Always check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods. Like people, all dogs are different, and their tolerance for these ingredients depends on numerous factors including age, allergies, health conditions, and more.

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Oat Flour

As a good source of fiber that provides digestive benefits, oat flour is a great substitute for regular flour. It’s also rich in essential nutrients like iron, manganese, and B vitamins.

If you don’t have oat flour, no worries. It’s super easy to make! Just grab some rolled oats (not steel-cut or quick oats) and place in a blender for a few seconds.

Eggs

Eggs are a fantastic way to provide high-quality protein. They contain essential amino acids that support muscle development, and the omega-3 fatty acids in eggs contribute to a healthy coat.

Cranberries

Cranberries are known for their antioxidant properties, promoting a healthy immune system in dogs. They also can support urinary tract health.

Make sure to use either fresh or frozen cranberries for this recipe.

Xtra Eco Tip: Skip the plastic produce bag. Place the weight sticker directly on your fruits and veggies or invest in reusable produce bags like these from Amazon.

Peas

Peas are a good source of plant-based protein and fiber. They provide essential vitamins like A and K, and their low-calorie content makes them a great addition for dogs maintaining a healthy weight.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a probiotic-rich food, supporting gut health in dogs. It contains beneficial bacteria that aid digestion and help maintain a balanced microbial environment. Additionally, yogurt is a good source of calcium.

Both plain and Greek yogurt are great options.

If your dog happens to be lactose intolerant, you’ll need to make a substitution at this point. Look for a lactose-free yogurt, or even a dairy-free yogurt made specifically for dogs like YowUp!

Xtra Health Tip: Carefully check your yogurt to ensure xylitol isn’t listed as an ingredient. Xylitol is highly poisonous to dogs; even a small amount can be dangerous. Learn about other common food dangers here.

Baking Supplies

You’ll need to gather a few supplies to make the different dough flavors. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 3 mixing bowls
  • 3 mixing spoons
  • Silicone treat molds

How to Make Candy Cane-Inspired Dog Treats

You’re going to love how easy these festive treats are to make!

First, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and then grab 3 bowls. In each mix together 1 cup of oat flour and an egg. This is the base for each of the three treat doughs you are about to create.

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Red Dough

Puree the fresh cranberries and add to one of the flour/egg bowls. Mix well.

Optionally, you can add a splash of water to the cranberries while pureeing for a finer consistency.

Green Dough

Puree the peas and mix thoroughly into the second bowl of flour/egg.

White Dough

In the third flour/egg bowl, add the yogurt and combine well.

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If any of the doughs feel sticky, just add a bit more of the oat flour.

Now, press small pieces of dough into silicon molds. And this is where you can get creative!

For some of the treats, I used just a single-color dough. And for others, I alternated between two (and sometimes all three) different color doughs in the same mold. I suggest doing the same to get the candy cane effect!

Click here to get these cute, reusable paw and bone silicone molds from Amazon. These are the exact ones I used for this recipe, and they worked perfectly for bringing these festive treats to life.

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Alternatively, you can roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/2 in (1.3 cm) thick. And if you have small Christmas cookie cutters, create some festive shapes.

Once the molded treats are ready, pop them into the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Allow the treats to cool before serving and store the leftovers in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for a few days or refrigerated (or even frozen) for a longer shelf life.

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red, green, and white dog christmas treats in the shape of dog bones and pawprints

Xtra Health Tip: Whenever serving treats, remember the 90/10 rule. At least 90% of your pup’s daily calories should come from balanced meals, leaving no more than 10% for the fun stuff.

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Spread Some Christmas Cheer

These treats are the perfect way to share the holiday spirit with your pup.

Plus, they make a great gift! This recipe is really easy to double, or even triple, so you can hand out treats to all the dogs on your street.

And if you are in need of some other Christmas gift ideas for the dogs in your life, check out my post on eco-friendly pet presents here.

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Dog Christmas Treats Recipe

red, green, and white dog christmas treats in the shape of dog bones and pawprints

Dog Christmas Treats

Yield: 60
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

You won't believe how easy it is to make these healthy and incredibly cute candy cane-inspired dog Christmas treats.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup cranberries (pureed from fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup peas (pureed from fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup Greek or plain yogurt (without xylitol)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Separately puree the cranberries and peas.
  3. For the red dough, combine 1 cup oat flour, 1 egg, and the pureed cranberries.
  4. For the green dough, combine 1 cup oat flour, 1 egg, and the pureed peas.
  5. For the white dough, combine 1 cup oat flour, 1 egg, and yogurt.
  6. Press the dough into a silicon mold. Combine the different dough colors into a single mold to create a candy cane effect. Alternatively, roll out the dough until it is ½ in (1.3 cm) thick, and form individual treats with a cookie cutter.
  7. Bake the treats for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Allow the treats to cool completely before serving.
  9. Store in an airtight container for a few days or in the refrigerator or freezer for a longer shelf life.

Notes

  • For homemade oat flour, place rolled oats into a blender for a few seconds.
  • If necessary, add a splash of water to the cranberries when pureeing.
  • Ensure the yogurt doesn't contain xylitol, as this is highly toxic to dogs.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

    Nutrition information is an approximation.

    FAQs: Dog Christmas Treats

    Are these Christmas treats safe for all dogs?

    These treats are generally safe for most dogs, but it’s essential to consider any dietary restrictions or allergies your dog may have. If your dog has sensitivities to specific ingredients, you can substitute them with alternatives that are safe for them.

    Can I use store-bought oat flour for this recipe?

    Yes, you can use store-bought oat flour if you prefer. However, ensure that it is plain oat flour without any added ingredients or flavors that could be harmful to dogs.

    Can I adjust the ingredient proportions to make more or fewer treats?

    Yes, you can adjust the ingredient proportions based on the number of treats you’d like to make. Simply scale the recipe up or down accordingly, maintaining the ratios of ingredients for consistency.

    How should I store these Christmas treats to keep them fresh?

    Store the treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. They can typically last for up to one week when stored properly. Alternatively, you can freeze the treats for longer-term storage and thaw them as needed.

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