Published: December 24th, 2017 | Jeremy Feldman

Baking sweet dog treats during the holidays is so much fun, especially when it’s a snowy, cold New York night that requires snuggles and comfort food. I mean, there’s nothing quite like getting cozy at home, watching Christmas specials on TV, and enjoying the scent of cookies in the oven.

But for us dog lovers at PetYen, holiday traditions wouldn’t be the same if our favorite pups weren’t involved.

One great way to make the holidays special for your furry friends is to bake them their festive confections. From dog-friendly gingerbread cookies to puppy candy canes, here is a list of my favorite holiday dog treats for the winter season. Your dogs will appreciate the yummy snack, and you’ll surely have fun making them!

Here are the Best Holiday Cookie Recipes for Dogs


1. Doggie Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are always go-to in my household. I love the gingerbread scent and still have fun to decorate gingerbread houses. It’s even better when I can include my pups in the cookie fun.

This recipe from Gone to the Snow Dogs is dog-friendly and so much fun to make. You can use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to make them extra special, then, decorate your cookies with melted yogurt chips or white chocolate baking discs.

1 cup molasses
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger or one tsp. of dried powder ginger

This recipe is from Gone to the Snow Dogs. 


2. Turkey Christmas Tree Cookies

I can’t think about holidays without picturing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center: that tree is so iconic and gets me in the spirit of the season. These green, tree-shaped cookies are a great holiday snack your pup will love, plus, they’re a reminder of one of New York’s most treasured holiday decorations.

These turkey treats from Little Dog Tips require 12 hours in a dehydrator, but they don’t need much prep time, and they make a great healthy gift. Plus, these cookies are adorable and make great presents for all your dog-loving friends.

1 pound lean ground turkey meat
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon Spirulina powder
1 generous dash garlic powder
1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/2 cup oat flour, plus extra for rolling (use a coffee grinder to turn oatmeal into a powder)

This recipe is from Little Dog Tips. 



3. Peanut Butter Pupcakes

New York is a hub of great cupcakes. It’s the home of Magnolia Bakery and Buttercup Bake Shop, and countless other bakeries that will make you crave a snack covered in buttercream.

With so many great seasonal flavors like peppermint and gingerbread, plenty of New Yorkers make cupcakes a staple in their holiday diets. It makes sense that our dogs should get the same treatment with some specially made “pupcakes.” These peanut butter cupcakes are perfect for your dog and ideal for a holiday treat!

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 medium bananas, mashed
2/3 cup honey
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

4 ounces Neufchâtel cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons milk

This recipe is by Urban Bliss Life. 


4. Puppermint Balls

Whenever I’m craving a peppermint treat, I head to Ample Hills Creamery for some peppermint ice cream in the Meatpacking district or Voila Chocolat in the Upper West Side for hot peppermint cocoa.

But did you know your dog can enjoy peppermint treats too? I love this recipe from Crayons and Collars; I’m sure you will too! Use peppermint essential oil to flavor these cookies, and enjoy the wintery scent it will leave in your kitchen.

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup chopped parsley
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
⅓ cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 egg
5 drops Therapeutic grade Peppermint essential oil. Note: do not use peppermint extract; use peppermint essential oil.

This recipe is by Crayons and Collars.


5. Puppy Pumpkin Spice Treats

This time of year, New Yorkers fill up with pumpkin spice everything. Billy’s Bakery on 9th has the most fantastic pumpkin cheesecakes, and Bistro Chat Noir on the Upper East Side is the best place for an indulgent pumpkin soup. But the best place for your pups to get their pumpkin fix? Your place! Use this recipe from Dalmation DIY for the perfect pumpkin cookie.

1/2 cup pumpkin baby food or equivalent substitute (single serving jar, measured to 1/2 cup)
1 egg
1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
1 tbsp turmeric (optional)
sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon and/or ginger (optional)
Approximately 1+1/4 cup of brown rice flour or equivalent substitute

This recipe is by Dalmatian DIY. 


6. Snickerdoodles for Doggies

Snickerdoodle cookies bring up all kinds of holiday memories for me. From helping my grandma make these treats at her house, to baking them in my kitchen, these cinnamon sugar cookies remind me of Christmas.

And with this dog-friendly recipe, they will surely brighten up your dog’s holiday season too! This recipe from Two of a Kind Cooks is easy to make and pup-approved!

1½ cups oat flour
1½ cups brown rice flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ cup honey
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup water

This recipe is by Two of Kind. 

What’s On Your Holiday Cooking List?

There’s always so much to look forward to during the holiday season, from the music, to the gifts, to just spending time together as a family. It’s such a wonderful time of year, and the perfect opportunity to make some special memories with your furry friend.

With these holiday recipes, your dog is sure to get into the holiday season. Whether you decide to make pumpkin spice treats or peanut butter “pupcakes,” you’re sure to give your pup the best holiday season ever!

Image Credits: 

In-post photo 1: Gingerbread Dog Treats / Gone to the Snow Dogs

In-post photo 2: Turkey Christmas Tree / Little Tip Dogs

In-post photo 3: Peanut Butter Pupcakes / Urban Bliss Life

In-post photo 4: Puppermint Balls / Crayons and Collars

In-post photo 5: Pumpkin Spice Treats / Dalmation DIY

In-post photo 6: Snickerdoodle Dog Biscuits / Two of A Kind

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