Homemade Candy Cane Dog Treats

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Do you love candy canes? How about making some Homemade Candy Cane Dog Treats for your dogs, too!

Christmas is coming upon us rather quickly. While you are baking up piles of cookies and other Christmas treats don’t forget about the most loyal of all family members. Your pups may love human goodies, we know that all that sugar and definitely chocolate are not good for them. Homemade Candy Cane Dog Treats are cute and festive for the holiday but is also much healthier for them (and the peppermint will make their breath fresh, too!). The furry elves scampering about your house would definitely put these treats on their wish list to Santa if only they could write. They look pretty cute sitting on your counter too or packaged up to give as a gift.

Homemade Candy Cane Dog Treats Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint oil
  • Red food colouring (optional)

Homemade Candy Cane Dog Treats Instructions:

Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined.

Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.

Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.

Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and food coloring-working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is reached.

Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.

Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.

Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape.

Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.

Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.

Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.

Brush each with egg wash.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

I think a dozen or so of these would make an adorable gift for a friend or family members treasured pet, tied up in a cellophane goodie bag or in a pretty glass jar with a handmade tag.