Great Homemade Holiday Treats for Your Dog

Holiday parties mean lots of tasty treats, but not everything you're eating is good — or even safe — for your dog. But that doesn't mean you can't give your best buddy a stocking full of snacks.

We've found three delicious and simple dog biscuit recipes that make perfect last-minute gifts for Fido and his friends. While you're baking cookies for Santa, why not make a sweet treat for your pooch as well? And remember, for safety purposes, always unwrap or untie any treats before giving them to your dog.

Super Simple Sweet Potato Dog Treats From

dog treats spilling out of stocking
Photo by Jenn Andrlik
These sweet potato treats are both tasty and nutritious. 

These easy treats from are made from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Use festive cookie cutters to make the treats more fun, and package them in a monogrammed stocking for gifting.


1 sweet potato
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2½ cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prick sweet potato several times with a fork.
  2. Heat sweet potato in a microwave on high until tender, about 6 minutes. Cut potato in half and scoop flesh out of the skin into a bowl; discard skin. Mash potato with a fork or potato masher and transfer about 1 cup to a large bowl. Save any remaining sweet potato for another use.
  3. Mix whole wheat flour, applesauce and eggs with the sweet potato until a dough forms. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and roll to about ½ inch thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or cut dough into strips with a pizza cutter. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake until crisp, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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