Make the most of cooler temperatures by turning on the oven and whipping up these homemade winter dog treats for your four-legged friend(s). The house is going to smell so good—you’re going to want to sample them yourself!
You may have noticed that some dog food recipes include ingredients like sweet potatoes. That’s because sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins C and A. Here are some homemade winter dog treats you can make with this seasonal vegetable. If you have extra squash around, try this butternut squash dog treat recipe.
Try these good-for-your-dog sweet potato dog treats recipes.
Sweet Potato Dog Treats with Crunchy Toppings
1 Large sweet potato (about 1 to 1.5 cup)
2 Cups of flour (white or whole wheat)
2 Eggs, beaten
1/3 Cup of peanut butter
- Wash and peel the sweet potato. Boil until it’s tender and soft, about 12 minutes.
- Drain and let the potato cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking pan or two with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, eggs, peanut butter and mashed sweet potato until completely combined. If it’s too dry add a few teaspoons of water. If the mixture is too wet, add some flour.
- Roll the dough on a nonstick surface using a rolling pin until it’s ¼” thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to create winter dog treat shapes that look like bone, or stars or trees to get into the holiday spirit. You could also make small rectangular treats or use a can to make circles. Dip the cookie cutter into flour if the dough is sticking to it.
- Place the cookies on the lined cookie sheet. Press ½ of one Old Mother Hubbard Winter Fun P-Nuttier dog biscuit onto each cookie for a small dog or one treat on each cookie for a larger dog.
- Bake the homemade winter dog treats for 15 minutes. If you want a harder treat for your pup, let them crisp for another 4 to 5 minutes.
- Let the dog treats cool completely before sharing one with your dog and then store the extras in an airtight container for up to a week.
Check out our Pumpkin-Flavored Dog Pupcakes Recipe.
Always check with your dog’s veterinarian about their diet as well as how many calories they’re allowed to have from treats each day.