Christmas is getting closer and that means it’s time to start thinking about what to bake. Everyone has their go-to treat to make for their family, but what about the furry members of the family?
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We like to include our dogs in the Christmas festivities and what better way than making their very own Christmas treats?
These candy cane dog treats are a great way to include your dogs in the Christmas baking. The best part about these is that they are fine for the human family members to eat as well.
CJ likes to try anything I make for Luna and Morgan (as long as it looks good), so I made this recipe with her in mind. She did say they were a little plain, but not bad. Luna and Morgan gobbled theirs up as fast as they could.
AJ and CJ also delivered some to a couple of neighbor dogs and all three of them loved these treats as well.
Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog new foods.
Ingredients for Candy Cane Dog Treats
- 2 cups wheat flour plus a little extra
- 1 egg
- ½ cup mint leaves, chopped
- ½ cup of water
- 2 Tbsp Honey (this can be skipped if you need to limit your dog’s sugar intake)
- Red and Green food coloring (optional) *for natural food coloring options see note below
*A note about mint. While most mint is safe for dogs in small quantities, English pennyroyal mint is toxic to dogs (and humans). Please be sure to check the mint you have before using it.
Mix the flour, egg, mint, water, and honey together. I just mix it all together at once, but it may mix easier if you mix the egg, water, and honey together and then add the flour.
The dough will be thick. Once it is thoroughly mixed, divide it in half.
Add the red food coloring to one half and the green to the other. I ended up adding 10 drops of green and more of the red. You can use fewer but it will be a lighter color and harder to mix in.
Knead the dough until the food coloring is mixed in. I ended up adding more flour as I kneaded it to keep it from getting too sticky.
Once it looks mixed enough, take a small amount of dough and roll it into a “snake.” Do this separately for each color. CJ enjoyed helping with this part as it’s basically like playing with play dough.
After you have the “snakes” formed take one of each color and twist them together. Lay them on the cookie sheet and shape how you want. We did mostly candy canes but also had one circle treat and one straight treat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done. I believe mine took 22 minutes and were slightly browned on the bottom.
Let cool. Store in an airtight container.
As always, check with your vet to see if your dogs can have these.
As you can see both Luna and Morgan enjoyed taste testing this treat.
These treats would make a great Christmas gift for your dogs or a neighbor with dogs. For other Christmas gift ideas for your dogs check out this post.
Natural food coloring options
If you don’t want to use food coloring you can check here for a list of natural food coloring options.
If you go this route I would recommend making two batches of this recipe and add the natural food coloring in before the flour. You also may need to add extra flour and possibly adjust the baking time.
I have not tried these food colorings out so I can’t say how well they work.
How do your dogs like these treats? I’d love to hear from you.