Show Your Dog Some Gratitude with These 4 Holiday Treat Ideas

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    ‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin and spice and everything nice. While most people who celebrate the holidays do so with human family members in mind, our furry friends are often left eyeing our delicious meals hoping for a bite of their own. So why not crack open that can of (pure) pumpkin puree and get cooking for your dog? 

    Here are four types of holiday treat toy goodies that will be sure to put the “pup” in “pupkin season.”

    1. Holiday Dog Biscuits

    Who doesn’t love a good biscuit on a cold evening? Dogs are no different than humans when it comes to sinking their teeth into something tasty, and the best part is that holiday biscuits are fun, easy to make, and can be made with all kinds of healthy ingredients for dogs! 

    You can use cute baking molds shaped like autumn leaves, turkeys, acorns, Christmas trees, or even candy canes. Just make sure that the molds you use are made of high-quality silicone for optimum baking. 

    Holiday Biscuit Recipes

    Let’s check out a few yummy dog biscuit recipes fit for the upcoming seasons:

    Sweet Potato and Turkey Dog Biscuits

    Leave aside a bit of that sweet potato and turkey from your Thanksgiving meal and toss them together to make the most delicious dog treats for your pup. Twohealthykitchen’s 5-ingredient biscuits are ridiculously easy to make, and your dog will love them. 

    Here’s the recipe:


    • 1/2 cup of cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (no butter, spices, or salt added)
    • 3/4 cup of water
    • 1 lightly beaten egg
    • 2 cups of turkey or chicken (cooked and chopped up nice and fine)
    • 2 cups of whole wheat flour


    • Preheat your oven to 350F
    • Mix together the sweet potatoes, water, and egg until well combined.
    • Add in the chicken or turkey and flour, continuing to mix thoroughly.
    • Put the mixture either in molds or onto a baking sheet with parchment paper, cutting to the desired shape.
    • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, making sure the biscuits are a nice, golden brown.
    • Be sure to cool the treats before putting one inside your dog’s interactive treat finder toy.
    • Store any extras in the fridge or freezer.

    Sweet Potato with Turkey stuffed in Roasted Turkey Treat


    Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

    It’s pumpkin and peanut butter—what’s not to love? Allrecipes has created the best of both worlds for dogs. Here’s how to make this mouthwatering treat:


    • 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup of pure canned pumpkin
    • 2 tablespoons of unsalted peanut butter (free of xylitol, as this ingredient is toxic to dogs) 
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


    • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
    • Whisk the eggs, flour, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl. You may need to add water to make it easier to work, but don’t let the dough get too moist.
    • Once mixed, roll the dough into a roll that is around 1/2 an inch thick.
    • Cut the roll into 1/2-inch bits.
    • Bake for around 40 minutes.
    • Allow the biscuits to cool before putting them inside a treat finder.

    2. Soft-Baked Dog Treats

    For dogs with sensitive teeth, sometimes harder dog biscuits might not be a good fit for your dog. Instead, try a soft-baked dog treat. Get out the same holiday molds that you would a hard biscuit, and get ready to be creative in the kitchen.

    Soft-baked Holiday Treat Recipes

    Check out these flavorful soft-baked dog treat recipes:

    Soft Pumpkin Dog Treats

    Pookspantry has a pumpkin dog treat recipe that’s great for older dogs or dogs who need a gentle holiday treat. Here’s how to make them:


    • 3 1/2 cups of flour
    • 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 a cup of unsweetened applesauce


    • First, preheat your oven to 350F.
    • Stir the wet ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
    • Add in the flour, continuing to mix.
    • On a counter dusted lightly with flour, knead the dough a couple of times.
    • Either put the dough into a mold or roll a lightly floured rolling pin over the dough until it’s around 1/8 an inch and cut into the desired shape.
    • Put the dough on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for around 18 minutes.
    • Make sure to cool fully before putting in your dog’s favorite treat dispenser!

    *Add a blueberry on top for pup friendly thumbprint cookies and added antioxidants

    Pumpkin Soft Biscuit with Blueberry


    Soft-Baked Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cookies

    Yum, this soft cookie is a fan-favorite from The Dog People. With super simple ingredients, you’ll love how easy it is to make a treat for your fur baby. Here’s how to do it:


    • 1 3/4 a cup of oat flour
    • 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree
    • and 1/2 a cup of xylitol-free peanut butter


    • First, preheat your over to 350F.
    • Add all of the ingredients together in a bowl. 
    • Using your hands, roll the dough into 2-inch balls or place it in a mold.
    • Bake on a parchment paper-lined baking tray for around 20 minutes.
    • Cool the cookies before giving them to your dog.

    3. Frozen Purees for Dogs

    For dogs who love to lick treats out of their treat dispensers, what better than to make a simple pumpkin puree to go inside? You can create all kinds of fun combinations for this one. 

    Frozen Puree Recipe

    Check out these chilly, winter wonderland puree recipes for dogs:

    Pumpkin Ice Cream


    • 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree
    • 1 cup of plain yogurt (free of artificial sweeteners like xylitol)


    • Simply mix the cup of pumpkin puree and the cup of plain yogurt.
    • Put the mixture in the freezer using a mold.
    • Then place inside a treat dispenser when frozen. Your dog will love licking this cold, tasty treat!
    • Throw in extra blueberries on top for added nutrition.

    *When not frozen, it makes the perfect mix for the licking mat.

    Pumpkin & Yogurt Mix Spreaded on the Bone Licking Mat

    Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Ice Cream

    Dogtipper has really outdone itself with this super simple ice cream recipe. Here’s how to make them:


    • 3 to 4 ripe bananas
    • 32 ounces of plain, low-fat yogurt
    • 1 cup of xylitol-free peanut butter


    • Blend all of the ingredients in the blender until well mixed.
    • Pour the blend into an ice tray and put it in the freezer.
    • Simply pop one out and insert it into a puzzle treat finder.

    4. Holiday Meals for Dog Toys

    If you don’t mind a little mess, you can also cook up an actual meal for your doggo and put it inside a toy dispenser or onto an enrichment licking mat while the family is having a holiday feast. No more puppy-dog eyes watching you forlornly, and no more kiddos sneaking food to the dog under the table! 

    Holiday Meal Recipe Ideas

    A few yummy, dog-friendly holiday meals that you can put inside your dog’s favorite toy include:

    • Mashed sweet potato and green bean roast with coconut oil stuffing
    • Freshly cooked turkey with breadcrumb stuffing (avoid onions, garlic, or raisins)
    • Cooked veggies like broccoli, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes

    Our Bestselling Treat Toys for Every Occasion

    Bone Enrichment Licking Mat

    Bone Licking Mat on Chopper & Otis

    For dogs who love to lick and lick, the bone enrichment licking mat is a dream come true! Ideal for holiday purees and other soft foods, simply put a treat on this mat and kick back while your dog licks away at this puzzle toy to get to the yummy goods.

    Roasted Turkey Chew Toy

    Roasted Turkey Natural Rubber Toy

    If you think this roasted turkey looks good in a picture, imagine how great it will look with your dog! Not only is this toy the perfect prop for Instagram-worthy dog pictures for the holiday seasons, but it also comes with a hidey-hole to hide some of the freshly baked treats you’ve just made.

    Snowman Durable Rubber Toy

    Snowman Natural Rubber Chew Toy

    The adorable snowman will wobble into your heart as you watch your dog excitedly work his or her way through the treat-hiding toy. Good for dogs’ brains and fit for the season, plop one of those soft treats or biscuits inside and watch as your dog works to get it out. 

    Christmas Nylon & Rubber Chew Toy Set

    Christmas Chew Toy Set for the holiday

    It’s a packaged deal when you get the rubber chew toy dog set. The festive Christmas tree and snowman are perfect for putting wet, lickable treats on for your dog, while the rubber present is a treat finder puzzle fit for even the smartest of dogs. 

    Until next time--