35 Homemade Christmas Dog Treats (Recipes Inside)

We all know how excited dogs get when they see food coming towards them. Apart from their regular dog food, adding a bit of homemade treats made with love by their owner might really make your dog's day. Check out these amazing 35 treat recipes you can make for your dog right now!

Imagine eating the same kind of food each day. Even if that’s your all-time favorite meal, at some point you would get sick of it. Most dogs just eat commercial dry food for every day of their life, and that makes us a bit sad. Even if commercial food does indeed have all the nutrients that a pup might need, we all know how much our dogs love treats.

While you can surely buy treats for him, making and baking some for your lovely dog doesn’t seem like such a big effort in the end. Most of them are really easy to make, and after all, your pup deserves a good, homemade treat made by his admired owner.

That’s why we picked out 35 recipes that are safe for your dog and easy to make. Especially with Christmas arriving, most of you will think about ways to make your dog happier for holidays too. Pets enjoy attention and dedication as much as humans. So, let’s start!

1. Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

Prep time: 10-15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

For this recipe you will need :

  • Peanut butter
  • Nonfat milk
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs or unsweetened applesauce
  • Oats
  • Bacon

For this one as for the most of the following recipes you will need to preheat your oven first. Then, mix the ingredients, and work the dough until it’s thick. Roll it out, cut the shapes and place them on a cookie sheet.

If your dog is a bacon lover, he will enjoy this treat! Just do not give away a bit too much as treats are meant to be fed on occasions.

You can store these treats in the refrigerator for about a week. Also, a good idea might be to freeze the treats before putting them in the oven. When frozen they can last for 2 months and all you have to do is to bake them.

Want the full recipe? Read it at Sally’s Baking Addiction

2. Chicken Dog Biscuits

Photo Credits: Two Healthy Kitchens

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10-15 mins

For this recipe you will need :

  • Cooked chicken
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Eggs

Want to surprise your dog with a nice protein rich treat? Then definitely make this special, savory treat. The most of the ingredients found in this recipe are probably already in your kitchen. Plus it is so fast to make, you basically do it right now.

The important thing here is to use only cooked chicken, not fried not roasted as they are usually made with spices and oils that are bad for dogs. Make sure there is no bones or skin. Use your chicken leftovers to make this yummy treat for your dog!

Sounds yummy? Check the full length recipe and instructions on Two Healthy Kitchens.

3. Meaty treats

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

For this recipe you will need:

  • Jar chicken, ham, turkey or beef-flavored baby food
  • Dry milk powder
  • Dry cream

You will agree that this treat will come in handy for all those busy new moms (and dads). Have a big stock of baby food? Then making it will be very simple. However, make sure that baby food you choose doesn’t contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs.

This recipe is great for older dogs that might have difficulties with chewing due to teeth or gum problems.

Think this one would make your dog really happy? Read the full recipe on She Knows.

4. Homemade Dog Donuts

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

For this recipe you will need:

  • Flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Bacon Bits

This delicious treat looks so good that it is even tempting to humans! Imagine how happy it would make your dog if you were making donuts especially for him. Isn’t this the ideal treat for treating your dog on special occasions?

Is your dog’s birthday coming soon? Or is it almost Christmas? The holidays are surely the right time to make your loved ones feel a bit more special, and that stays true for your dog too. Make him dog donuts and he will surely adore it!

You really want to take a look at this recipe, read all the instructions and ingredients at Sunny Day Family.

5. Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Dog Cookies

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 25 mins

In this recipe you will need:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Baby spinach

Want to boost your dog’s diet with some veggie based treat? Good thinking! This recipe might take a bit longer as you will need more than half an hour to make these treats, but trust us, it is totally worth it.

This is a very healthy treat as it contains a lot of ingredients that can benefit a dog’s health in multiple ways. For instance, pumpkin is highly recommendable for dogs as it improves the digestive system, and carrots too.

Have all the ingredients? Check the right measures and preparation instructions at Damn Delicious.

6. Cheddar and Bacon Treat

Photo Credits: Good Housekeeping

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 25 mins

In this recipe you will need:

  • Oats
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Bacon
  • Eggs

Think your dog might enjoy more a good, tasty cheddar and bacon treat? Well, the chances are if you’re a fan of it, your dog will like it too. Do not worry about feeding cheddar to your dog if he doesn’t have any allergies to lactose. In small amount cheese won’t cause any harm.

Make this recipe to surprise your dog, but be aware that these treats are so delicious that even some humans couldn’t resist to try them.

Sounds interesting? Read the whole recipe on Good Housekeeping.

7. Wild Rice and Chicken Treat

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

In this recipe you will need:

  • Boneless Chicken Breast
  • Wild rice
  • Chicken stock
  • Flour
  • Eggs

This is another savory dog treat that is very easy to make. Do you make chicken soups frequently? Then you might prepare these from time to time. When baking these, you can also freeze and store them for up to 6 months.

In this recipe, make sure to avoid bones and skin on the chicken meat. You can also store these in the freezer up to 6 months. It will only need about 15-20 minutes to defrost.

You can make a nutritious, rich-in-flavor treat that contains no harmful preservatives, and that will cost you less money. Sounds like a game-changer? Make it now and read the full recipe at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen.

8. Coconut, Peanut Butter Summer treat

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 0 min (freezing only)

In this recipe you will need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon

In our opinion, every dog owner should know this super fast recipe. You just have to mix the proper amounts of ingredients all together and freeze them! Could it be simpler? Plus, this treat is very healthy as well as delicious so you might even want to have a bite yourself. And if you’re tempted, feel free to do so. You will LOVE it!

Be aware that this recipe might become among your most frequent homemade treats. The only thing you should care about is that the peanut butter you buy is a proper one for your fog and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients. This perfect summer treat will refresh your pup on those hot days and provide him with some healthy nutrients. Yummy!

You should follow the recipe ratios and measures in order to reach that perfect consistency! Read the full recipe at Live Laugh Rowe.

9. Cranberry Cookies

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 18 mins

In this recipe you will need:

  • Eggs
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut flour
  • Dried cranberries

Watch out, this is another recipe that will look so tempting to you! You might also find it very delicious, but you get your own treats often, right? Try leaving some for your pup!

These cookies are just a wonderful way to make your dog feel special! Not only are they yummy, but they are also so nice to see. Make sure you take a photo of your dog biting it, and thank us later. But, as if it wasn’t enough, they are also very healthy. Eggs, coconut oil and cranberries are good for dogs and will provide your pup with some nutritious ingredients!

Want to know make these delicious and healthy cookies? Make sure to follow every step in the recipe that you can read at The Lazy Pitbull.

10. Frozen Watermelon Treats

Photo Credits: Gone To The Snow Dogs

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 18 mins

For this recipe you will need:

  • Watermelon
  • Coconut milk
  • Honey

Have too much watermelon that you simply can’t finish? Do not throw it away, you can make this wonderful summer treat that will cool your dog down on those hot days.

Just make sure you remove all the seeds, as most seeds contain harmful toxins that might cause an upset tummy. Adding the proper amount of coconut milk will do the trick in this recipe, as it will make it feel more like a healthy ice-cream rather than blended watermelon.

Adding just a bit of honey might not hurt your dog, but if you prefer cutting down sugar in his diet for any reasons, then you might even skip it, the treat will be yummy even without it.

Want to know the right way to make these? Read the full recipe and follow the instructions at Gone To The Snow Dogs. Thank us later!

11. Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treats

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 0 min (freezing only)

To make these autumn treats you’ll need:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Plain yogurt

This recipe is so easy to make and it has so much nutritional value your dog can benefit from. As the author of the recipe suggests you might also add a bit of flaxseeds. They are full of fiber and will treat greatly your dog’s skin and coat. When picking ingredients, watch out for any sugar and buy sugarless alternatives instead.

The perfect thing about frozen treats is that they are so practical, you can just store them in the freezer, and take them out whenever treat-time arrives.

Are you ready to make this wonderful treat? Read the full recipe at Grr Feisty.

12. Kong Toy Banana Treat

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 0 min (freezing only)

In order to make this treat, you’ll need a Kong Toy first and ingredients that you might already have in your fridge.

OK, yes we know, yet another frozen treat recipe! But this one is different, and here’s why. Your dog won’t only enjoy eating this, he will also entertain himself while tasting it.

This can be done in a matter of seconds really. Just mash the banana well, and mix everything and you’re basically done! The king toy will add some extra entertainment moment to this yummy treat.

Read the full recipe at Rebekah Nemethy. Let us know if your dog liked it!

13. Frozen Banana Treat

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 0 min (freezing only)

For this one you will need a silicone mold and:

  • Coconut oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Banana

But, before we jump to baking cookies let’s tell you about the easiest frozen dog treat there is. No need to over explain this one. It just has everything a dog might like in a treat.

This treat is so easy to make, it will probably take you less to make it than to peel the bananas. When using bananas in recipes, opt for ripe ones as they are actually healthier! Want to refresh your dog quickly on hot summer days? We surely provided you with enough ideas your dog will love!

Read the full recipe and additional tips at Moments With Mandi.

14. Banana Chips No Sugar

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 2 hours

To make banana chips you will only need:

  • Bananas
  • Lemon

If you want to feed your dog with banana chips, it is better if you make them by your own! A lot of commercial banana chips contain sugar that will cause digestive problems when fed to dogs. So here’s a recipe to make a good, healthy treat that will be tummy-friendly.

But, even if this treat might seem like a simple one, it’s actually quite difficult to achieve the perfect crispiness of the banana chips. The trick is to slice bananas evenly and check if the thinner slices should be removed from the oven earlier.

In order to make that perfect crispy banana chip, make sure to read carefully the entire recipe at Naturally Ella.

15. Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins

In this recipe you will need:

  • Oatmeal
  • Apple
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin

These pumpkin, oat treats will be a perfect source of fiber and provide your dog with other nutrients important for his overall health. Apples contain vitamins A and C that are also very beneficial to your dog.

Make this amazing and tasty treat for your dog now, and follow the recipe at Three Little Ferns.

16. Breath Freshening Treats

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

In this recipe you will need:

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Activated charcoal
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Eggs

Ok, this might me among the toughest recipes to make here, but it indeed is very healthy and tasty! If your dog has bad breath and generally has issues with teeth, then this treat is what you are looking for.

These cookies will not only make that bad breath go away, but they might even clean your pup’s teeth. Have a cat that doesn’t really have a wonderful breath? Felines can have it too!

Read out all the steps of the recipe at Health Starts In The Kitchen and make sure to buy all the ingredients.

17. Easy Two-Ingredient Dog Treat

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins

For this super easy recipe you will only need:

  • Bean flour (or chickpea, coconut flour or rolled oats)
  • Baby food

This one is really easy-peasy. Just make sure that you choose the right type of baby food. For example, sweet potatoes, parsley, blueberries, bananas etc are completely fine. Avoid ingredients and foods that are toxic to dogs.

A dog owner and a new parent? This kind of treats might just become your thing from now on! Try out this recipe from Dog Milk and thank us later!

18. Frozen Chicken Treats

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 0 min (freezing only)

For this recipe you will need:

  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Chicken stock
  • Parsley

Ooops! We couldn’t resist but include this one too. It is similar to a previous frozen treat, but it has a few twists that will make it a completely different bite for your dog.

Giving too much sweet treats to your dog might not exactly be the greatest idea, so store some savory treats too! Put these in the freezer and you will always have a good, icy bite for your dog. Just make sure to defrost it for a couple of minutes before serving it to him.

Thank Kolchak Puggle for this amazing recipe that you can read here.

19. Sweet Potato Fries

Photo credits: Beagles and Bargains

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

To make these healthy sweet potato fries you will need:

  • Sweet potato
  • Coconut oil
  • Turmeric, cinnamon

Sweet potatoes are perfectly fine for dogs to feed. Not only are they safe for canines, but they are also very healthy. So making some healthy potato fries with coconut oil will be a good way to treat your pooch.

Be aware not to add other spices as not all of them are safe for dogs. Cinnamon, Turmeric, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme are among the dog safe spices that you can use in your homemade treat recipes. Read more in the full recipe about the spices you can use in homemade dog food.

In order to make these sweet potato fries properly make sure to follow the full recipe at Beagles and Bargains. If you don’t, the fries might be cooked in an unhealthy and harm your pup.

20. Homemade Flaxseed Biscuits

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

For these delicious and healthy treats, you will need:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Oats
  • Flaxseed
  • Beef broth
  • Peanut butter

These cookies are adored by many dogs! Want a recipe that your dog will love 100%. Then go with this one, and you will be happy for doing so. You will be proud of yourself each time you feed your dog with these homemade and super healthy biscuits. These yummy bites have everything your dog needs in a treat.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in the flaxseeds are better absorbed when ground, so make sure to grind these seeds before adding them to any of your recipes. This way the food will have major health benefits for you and for your dog. Oats and peanut butter are among the ingredients that are often found in dog treats because they provide canines with important fiber and protein.

Are you ready to be even more adored by your dog? Make these biscuits right now, and follow the full recipe at Kitchen Confidante.

21. Hypoallergenic Chicken treats

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

If your puppy has gluten allergy and you want to make him a quick treat, you will have to prepare:

  • Rice flour
  • Chicken broth

Making hypoallergenic treats for dogs with a gluten allergy is easy to do. However, you shouldn’t really make all the food by yourself, as your dog should be getting all the other nutrients needed for proper body functionality. Adding occasional treats every now and then might be perfectly fine.

Discover the full recipe and all the ingredients at Dog Vills.

22. Apple Carrot Pup Biscuits

Photo Credits: Reluctant Entertainer

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins

The ingredients you need to make this special treat are:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Oats
  • Apple
  • Carrots

Are you ready for a treat your dog won’t have enough of? Then go with this one and you won’t regret it. But be aware, do NOT feed too much as treats should take up to 10% of your dog’s daily intake.

It reminds us of a canine version of carrot cake, or maybe it is just us? However, this delicious biscuits contain both apples and carrots that are super healthy for your dog. Beware to skip the sugar if your dog is more sensitive to higher levels of it, or has diabetes.

Ready to make the best biscuits for your dog? Make sure to follow the entire recipe on Reluctant Entertainer. Once you make these yummy, you will want to make them for any special occasion.

23. Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

In order to make this delicious Martha Stewart’s dog treat, you will need:

  • Barley flour
  • Oatmeal
  • Cheddar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Unsweetened applesauce

Well, if Martha Stewart makes homemade dog treats, we definitely want to try them. I mean feed them to our lovely dogs. This is a classic dog treat recipe with a nice touch of cheeses that all dogs will enjoy. Do not make this recipe only if your dog has a lactose allergy.

You can also store these biscuits up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. Make sure to let them cool completely before you put them in.

Discover all the ingredients and recipe instructions here.

24. Winter Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

For this yummy, sweet treat, make sure you have:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey

It’s kind of sad that when winter arrives, your whole house smells like those yummy biscuits or those amazing cinnamon buns and your dog gets to eat only his regular dog food. Well, that being said, this year treat your dog and make him some winterish biscuits he will really enjoy.

This treat will come in handy while making those winter-spiced cookies for your family. You will surely have all the ingredients, and you just need half an hour more to make a special surprise for your pooch too.

Let your dog enjoy holiday vibes by following this great recipe from Doggy Dessert Chef.

25. Blueberry & Banana Dog Treat

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

Your dog will adore this treat and PLUS it will also benefit him. Let’s check out the ingredients:

  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Dehydrated goat milk

This one is among our favorite dog treats. It is creative and super healthy that once you make it, you will feel like you’re giving your dog small bites of health boosters every time he gets this treat.

Blueberries are a superfood that have a ton of benefits for humans and dogs. They are a great source of antioxidants which will boost your dog’s immune system. These powerful berries combined with bananas and flaxseed will bring your dog plenty of healthy nutrients.

Ready to make a great treat that will also boost your pups health? Check out and read thoroughly the entire recipe at The Honest Kitchen.

26. Coconut and Pear Cookies

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins

In order to make this moist cookie you will need:

  • Coconut flour
  • Pear puree
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil

For a change, here’s a recipe for some soft, moist cookies that might be a good addition to your dog’s food. Especially if the regular food your dog eats is the dry one. Make sure the pear puree is sugar free and you’re good to go.

This is another great healthy homemade treat that will benefit your dog thanks to its various nutrients. Follow thesteps of the recipe on K9 Instinct.

27. Grain Free Dog Treats

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

Let’s see what you need in order to make this treat:

  • Coconut flour
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Sweet potato

Making tasty gluten free treats for your dog might seem as a difficult task to do. But it isn’t. A bit of creativity and the right ingredients will make a treat as good as any other one.

These cookies are so awesome that all dogs will like it! They are definitely healthier than recipes that include the wheat flour, so if you want to make any recipe a bit healthier, just seek for the right flour alternatives. We remind you that peanut butter has to be carefully chosen in order to avoid digestive problems in your dog.

Ready to treat your dog just the way he deserves? Check all the ingredients of this awesome recipe at Lexis Clean Kitchen and discover some more tips that you can use while making dog treats in future.

28. Frozen Strawberry and Coconut Oil Treats

Photo Credits: Pretty Fluffy

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour (freezing only)

For making this cute and tasty treat you will have to provide:

  • Strawberries
  • Organic coconut oil

Coconut oil has tons of benefits in store for your pup too. By adding a bit of strawberries (but you can also add blueberries or cranberries if you prefer), it will make it easier for your dog to ingest some coconut oil. This will make a perfect treat for your dog, especially during hot summer days.

You can thank Pretty Fluffy for these stunning treats, check the full recipe here.

29. Strawberry Dog Treats

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour

If your dog likes strawberries, you will want to make him these cookies. Let’s check out what are these made of:

  • Strawberries
  • Egg
  • Honey
  • Freeze dried strawberry
  • Oat flour

These cookies look so great that they made our mouth water. So if you decide to make them, try remembering who you prepared them for! This is a great treat that will boost your pup’s health.

Make sure to avoid any sugar in this recipe, as it might cause digestive issues. Vitamin C is found in strawberries and therefore, it will give your dog a good immunity boost.

Ready for a real game-changer cookie? Check the entire recipe and all ingredients at Wild Wild Whisk

30. Gluten Free Dog Cookies

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins

If your dog is allergic to gluten make him this special treat. You will need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Eggs
  • Sea salt
  • Honey
  • Brown rice flour
  • Organic milk

All dogs deserve proper care and should feel special no matter what! So if your dog has a gluten allergy, that’s not a reason to skip making him some tasty treats.

Remember to serve these only once they are completely cool. Your dog will love them! Pumpkin is known to be healthy for our puppies, so apart from giving a special flavor to these treats, your dog will also get a bunch of benefits from it.

Read the whole recipe at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition.

31. Dried Chewy Banana Treats

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1.5 hours

If you want to make a chewy treat with no preservatives, then you will only need these ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Lemon
  • Honey

We know that all dogs love to chew, so this treat might be just perfect for any type of dog. It is healthy, completely natural, and easy to make. Just make sure you don’t exceed the baking time as the bananas might get crunchy.

Make this great treat by following the recipe instructions at Golden Woofs.

32. Bacon Fat Treats

Photo credits: Cooking with Jax

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins

If your dog likes some bacon, this recipe might be the right one to follow:

  • Broth
  • Bacon fat
  • Powdered milk
  • Eggs
  • Whole wheat flour

If you found an abandoned and malnourished dog that might need some extra pounds in order to be healthy, then he might really enjoy this one! The milk bones will harden upon cooling and will provide your dog with plenty of nutrients.

Bacon fat also has its own benefits that are very important when taken in small amounts. So feed these in moderation.

Want to make this power boosting treat? Read the recipe at Cooking With Jax

33. Vanilla Dog Treat

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins

Want to make a sweet vanilla treat for your pup. Make sure to have these ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Rolled oats
  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Peanut butter

Don’t be afraid of giving these small amounts of vanilla extract to your dog, as they won’t hurt him. Everyone needs some vanilla sweetness every now and then, right? Your pup will enjoy this sweet delicious treat for sure!

Discover all the ingredients on Pet Guide and read the entire recipe.

34. Frozen Yogurt Pupsicle

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 4,5 hours (freezing)

To make these awesome pupsicles you will need these ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Plain yogurt
  • Pretzel stick per pupsicle

The best way to make these is if you make sure the pretzel stick are with no salt. If there is too much salt on them, remove it manually. However, once you see how these amazing pupscicle look like, you will fall in love with them! And so will your dog.

They are so rich with nutrients that you don’t have to feel guilty feeding this glorious treat to your pup. But remember that no matter how tasty and healthy this treat might be, it is a treat and should not be overfed to dogs!

Prepare to fall in love with this recipe from I Heart Dogs. Print it out, as you will surely make it more than once.

35. Ginger Apple Treat

Photo credits: Lola the Pitty

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins

Another great treat with those beautiful winterish flavors. Prepare:

  • Brown rice flour
  • Apple
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Ginger
  • Coconut oil

Everything about this treat will make your dog happy. It has yogurt, coconut oil, and apples that are great for your pup’s immune system. Remember that when feeding treats, moderation is key, so don’t go overboard with giving them.

Want to make these right now? Read the full recipe at Lola The Pitty.

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