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)

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