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Christmas Coconut & Cranberry Dog Treat Recipe

By on December 11, 2015
Christmas Coconut & Cranberry Dog Treat Recipe

Artisan, small-batch dog treats, found at the swankiest dog boutiques and shops, are one of the hottest gift-giving trends this holiday season. But you don’t want to spend your entire holiday budget on six cookies you won’t even get a taste of. If you want to impress your pet parent friends (and their dogs), whip up a batch of these delectable Christmas Coconut & Cranberry Dog Treats!

When you’re dropping these treats off, make sure to astound your friends with your intimate knowledge of dog health. Like the fact that cranberries help promote a healthy canine urinary tract. Or that dried coconut flakes are a wonderful source of protein. Don’t be surprised if you get requests to make these dog treats every Christmas!

This recipe makes 24 medium-sized cookies.

Here’s What You Need:

  • ½ cup dried, shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup of peanut or almond butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bran
  • ½ cup water (as needed)

Directions:

1. Pull out all the ingredients listed above, as well as a large bowl, a large spoon, measuring cups and spoons, and holiday-themed cookie cutters. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 1

2. Add flour, cinnamon, bran and shredded coconut to bowl. Mix well.

Step 2

3. If needed, dice cranberries to appropriate size. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Step 3

4. Add egg, oil, and peanut or almond butter, and mix well.

Step 4

5. Knead the dough until stiff, adding water as needed.

Step 5

6. Form a hand-sized ball of dough and roll out to ¼-inch thickness onto parchment paper (on counter or cutting board).

Step 6

7. Use holiday shapes to cut out festive cookies, and place on cookie sheet.

Step 8

8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Take out of oven and let cool on cooling racks for 3 to 4 hours.

Step 9

9. I went to the dollar store and bought Christmas-themed Ziplock bags. Each bag holds 5-6 treats.

Happy Paw-lidays!

– Amy Watts

3 Comments

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  2. Carmen N

    1/9/2016 at 5:10 pm

    These sound good enough for humans to eat 🙂

    Just make sure you don’t substitute raisins for the craisins/dried cranberries. Grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs.

  3. Amanda

    1/9/2016 at 9:18 pm

    This looks like fun! I’m wondering how well they would turn out if I substitute sunflower butter for the peanut butter (allergies). I’ll have to try this and let you know what happens. Also, have you ever tried making these with gluten free flour? Thanks!

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