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Recipe: Cranberry Dog Treats

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With both leftover cranberries and a whole stack of holiday cookie cutters calling out to me, I set out to devise a holiday dog treat our dogs would enjoy. The result was a big hit!


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water, as needed

The list of ingredients may look long, but the preparation only takes a few minutes. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease two cookie sheets.

Toss the cranberries into a blender or food processor and chop. (If you like, you can mix until they’re liquified but I liked the chunks…they looked a little like red ornaments on the Christmas tree shapes I used when cutting them.)

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl then add the melted butter, chopped cranberries, egg, and, slowly, the water a little bit at a time. Mix the dough and knead on a lightly floured surface, rolling the dough to about 1/4-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes (or make it super simple on yourself and use a pizza cutter to slice it in strips then squares…the dogs won’t mind!)

Place the treats on the baking sheet, leaving just a little room between each:


Pop the cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. At the end of baking, turn off the oven and allow the treats to cool in the oven for about three or four hours. This will make the treats harden (think Milk Bone consistency). Once the treats have completely cooled, you can serve them or refrigerate them. Our dogs loved the crunchy consistency of the Cranberry Treats!


Looking for more recipes? Be sure to check out the Dog Treat Recipe index with a one-page list of all the great recipes on DogTipper!

Cooks: Don’t miss our My Dog Says I’m a Great Cook™ cookbook with over 100 dog treat recipes from the publishers, readers and fans of DogTipper! This paperback book is available directly from DogTipper or from Amazon!

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About Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • Prima Donna (Lilly’s Mom)

    Looks pretty yummy!

    • Paris and John

      They were SO popular (maybe I should make that pup-ular!) that I’m making another batch to give away as a Christmas present to our cousin’s doggie!

  • Carrie Boyko

    Paris….did you taste these? They sound wonderful! I see no reason why we couldn’t enjoy them along with the pups!

    • Paris and John

      I tasted one before they hardened up in the oven and they’re good! (Once they sat and dried in the oven, they were VERY crunchy…so I didn’t test that batch!) They’re not very sweet but I like goodies that way. After this recipe, I had some cranberries left over so I made up a new recipe for Fido’s Fruitcake (coming tomorrow!) with cranberries, apples, and molasses…John ate three of the tiny cakes before the dogs got one!