The holidays are synonymous with baking cookies, and Santa isn’t the only one who can enjoy them this Christmas! There are many ingredients in traditional Christmas cookies that are unsafe and potentially toxic for your pups, such as chocolate, xylitol, sugar, spices, certain nuts and any toppings your dog can choke on. But now you can unleash the joy of the holiday season with these festive dog-friendly Christmas cookies that include cranberries — a natural anti-inflammatory that’s rich with antioxidants and helps support your dog’s immune system.

Happy Howlidays!


  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup plain applesauce
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute any flour) 
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Microwave the applesauce and frozen cranberries together until thawed. This will give your cookies a light red coloring. 
  3. Pulse the fruit mixture and dried cranberries in the food processor until combined.
  4. Pulse in the rolled oats and flour, then add the eggs and coconut oil until a dough forms.
  5. Work the dough on a floured board, adding more flour as necessary.
  6. Roll out dough to about ¼ of an inch thick and cut into festive shapes using cookie cutters or a small knife.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool completely before serving.

Recipe inspired by This article contains recipe information that is considered suitable for pets. However, not all pets can tolerate different foods — it depends on their age, health history, and health conditions. It is important to consult with your veterinarian before feeding your pet any new foods or offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.


Sam Gilbert, VMD

Raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Sam Gilbert received both his BSE and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gilbert completed a one-year small animal internship and additional surgical training before relocating to New Jersey for roles in the medical device and animal health industries. Dr. Gilbert worked at Zoetis Petcare HQ Medical Lead for pet owner directed initiatives in dermatology and cross-portfolio therapeutic areas. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and cat.