Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats {Happy 6th Birthday, Einstein!}

Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats

Today is Einstein’s 6th birthday! I can’t believe it’s been nearly six years since I brought this little furball home with me:

Einstein's Homecoming

I’ve made a tradition of baking Einstein a special homemade treat for his birthdays, and have chronicled the recipes here for his 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th birthdays. There are a lot of dog treats that include peanut butter, bananas and cheddar ingredients, which I’m sure is in large part due to the fact that most dogs (Einstein included) would sell a left lung for a lick of peanut butter, a bite of banana, or anything cheese-flavored. I’ve made him treats using all of those ingredients in the past, but wanted to try something new this year, and was so happy to come across the “52 Weeks of Treats” e-book filled with tons of tasty homemade dog treats, which is where I found this sweet potato pretzel recipe for Einstein’s 6th birthday.

Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats

I love that this recipe only includes a few ingredients and is extremely easy to throw together. If you don’t feel like going through the process of shaping pretzels, you could just as easily roll out the dough and cut out shapes. I also have included substitutions in the recipe below in case your dog has any specific allergies. The recipe includes directions for the smaller sized pretzels, but I made some larger ones as well for the special occasion ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats

Einstein kept a close eye on the baking process and then once the candles were lit, he got extremely interested. He sat still long enough for a few pictures, and then was rewarded for his patience with two of the smaller pretzels.

Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats

Happy Birthday, little man! Here’s to another fun-filled year of tennis balls, rawhides, sunshine, naps and lots of playing!


One year ago: Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits {Happy 5th Birthday, Einstein!}
Two years ago: Apple & Cheddar Pupcakes for Einstein’s 4th Birthday
Three years ago: Dog Birthday Cake
Five years ago: Happy 1st Birthday, Einstein!ย {Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Cake}

Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats

Yield: 20 small pretzels

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy homemade dog treat recipe with healthy ingredients!


1 medium sweet potato (about 7 ounces), peeled and diced
1¾ cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 egg, lightly beaten


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place the sweet potatoes in a small saucepan, cover with water and place over high heat and bring to a boil. Ensure that the potatoes can be easily pierced with a knife, then remove from heat, drain and allow to cool.

3. Puree the sweet potatoes in a food processor until completely smooth.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and flaxseed meal. Remove about 1 tablespoons of the egg to a separate cup.

5. Add the sweet potato puree and remaining beaten egg to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.

6. Dump out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape pretzels by taking a small piece of dough, rolling it into a 10-inch rope, shape into a "U", then twist the ends and fold them back over to create the pretzel shape.

7. Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet and brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool in a wire rack.

Note: If your dog has allergies, you could certainly adjust this recipe to make it suitable for them. You could replace the whole wheat flour with a rice or almond flour, and the egg with applesauce if need be.

(Recipe adapted from 52 Weeks of Treats e-book by Serena Faber Nelson and Sarah Dickerson)


65 Responses to “Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats {Happy 6th Birthday, Einstein!}”

  1. Anita at Hungry Couple on January 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Awe!! Happy birthday to Einstein. Such a handsome boy! You know I have a soft spot for doggies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also tend to bake treats for my furry girl on her birthday and I’ve made her sweet potato biscuits before, which she loved. She’s also very happy with anything that involves cheese or peanut butter but, strangely, hates bananas.


  2. Aikko @ Bake Happy on January 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoyed your treat!


  3. Ieva on January 14, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Awww, Happy Birthday Einstein! ๐Ÿ™‚
    That puppy picture is just the cutest ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. LJ Dubois on January 14, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Happy Birthday kitty hugs from your blogging friends, Yuki, Bianca and Stormi D.
    Your mom takes great pix of you and our mom loves her blog! XOXOX


  5. megan @ whatmegansmaking on January 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

    aw, how cute is this??? I’m glad I’m not the only one who spoils my dog ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. Kristen M on January 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein!!!


  7. Jennifer W on January 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein! He’s such a cutie. Doesn’t the time go by so quickly? I can’t believe my dogs are almost three years old! I think these pretzels may be their next birthday treats too. They will love them. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Lori on January 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein! From the looks of things you are one lucky dog!


  9. Barbara on January 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Einstein looks like a great dog! Happy birthday to him.

    Thanks for the recipe. It’s hard to find yummy dog treat recipes that don’t include peanut butter. My son has a peanut allergy and because our dog is famous for her sneaky mouth licks, no peanut cookies are allowed. I am sure Maggie would LOVE a pretzel (or two…).


  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Ahhhh, Happy Birthday Einstein! He is so adorable! I love when you post about him! The sweet potato pretzel dogs are cute I’m going to make them when I get home from work for my bad babies!!


  11. Pat Townsend on January 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Love it!! The beautiful pics of your gorgeous dog, the recipe! You can tell he is well loved! Happy Birthday Einstein!


  12. leslie on January 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to your fluffy family member!


  13. Melanie on January 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I was sooo waiting for this post, and it was great!!! Don’t usually have this much smile on my face this time of the morning. Happy B-day Einstein:)
    Our Tucker looked just like baby Einstein when we brought him home. That picture is sooo cute. But like Einstein, ours developed the Dudley nose, (we were told that’s what the pinkish hugh on their noses is called if they have it).
    That’s so neat that you shaped the dog treat into a pretzel. I’m wondering if our Tucker were here, if he’d have eaten those. He hated real pretzels. It didn’t matter the shape or size; if you tossed him a pretzel, he’d spit it out. His WHOLE life he did this without fail. Thanks Michelle!!!!!


  14. Priya on January 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday, Einstein ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Tracey on January 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Oh my word, the picture of him as a tiny pup – it’s the cutest!! Happy Birthday to Einstein!


  16. Judith - Texas on January 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Our precious Goldie, Bella, sends her Birthday wishes to you Einstein. You are a handsome fellow. Wishing you many more doggie years of good health., playful romps and good treats!


  17. Melissa F on January 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Awww … Happy Birthday Einstein!! Here’s to many more birthdays, fun, and mommy treats! ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. Sues on January 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    These are awesome and Einstein is a cutie! I made my aunt’s dog homemade chicken dog treats and she enjoyed them… I want to try more, but she’s the pickiest dog ever!


  19. Gina on January 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    He is such a beautiful dog. Happy Birthday Einstein!!


  20. Gayle on January 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein. He looks so happy and content and is so lucky to have you. I can’t wait to bake these pretzels for my sweet Roxy who turned 13 in August. She has been put such a restricted diet due to Kidney disease and misses her treats terribly. All of the ingredients in this recipe are on her “allowed” list! Thank you for sharing.


  21. Donna K. on January 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! Harley (Yorkie) and Sissy (Morkie) would love these. We’re getting a puppy tonight (Chopper, Yorkie) so perhaps we will have to make these this weekend to welcome him to the pack.


  22. marie @ little kitchie on January 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

    TOO CUTE! Happy birthday Einstein!


  23. Diane W. on January 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein!!! People who aren’t “dog people” just don’t understand how much these “furry babies” mean to us. They are literally our children…like a perpetual toddler! I make home made treats for my two, as well as 10 other family dogs and they LOVE them far more than any prepackaged manufactured treats! Can’t wait to make these for my girls! If you want to try a dog-family favorite of ours, check out Olive Oil and Bacon Truffles. I make them sized according to dogs and they fit perfectly inside of a KONG. http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/pet-friendly-dog-recipes/jessica-gorman-s-olive-oil-and-bacon-truffles


  24. Diane W. on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Quick question, do these need to be kept refrigerated or just in an airtight container?


    • Michelle on January 15th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Diane, You could store them either way, but if you don’t think you’ll go through them quickly I’d refrigerate them (or maybe even freeze – keep the pup occupied longer!).


  25. DeniseB on January 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I just LOVE your blog!! BEB-you are so wonderful, full of fantastic ideas, recipes and stories!! I always look forward to your posts!! And I absolutely love that you love your dog so very much and take the time to bake for him on his special day!! You’re just wonderful!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday Einstein!!


  26. Mariam on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Aww he’s too adorable! Haha I can’t believe you bake dog treats! Happy birthday Einstein!


  27. Courtney on January 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein!


  28. Kim on January 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Have a great Bithday, Einstein! Thank for sharing the adorable pics–what a cutie pie ๐Ÿ™‚


  29. Sara on January 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! What a handsome boy!


  30. Marcy from TN on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Aww…Happy Birthday Einstein. I hope you have a fabulous birthday today and a wonderful year to come.

    Michelle….I just love your dog treat recipe you shared from last year….so super easy to make and both of my furry babies love, love, love, love them. Thanks for this new recipe. I am going to have to try it because both of our dogs love sweet things and this would be a good healthy sweet treat for them.


  31. annie on January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Happy B-Day, Einstein. What a cutie. He’s so lucky to be in a loving home with a loving family who spoil him.


  32. Betsy Harner on January 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein~ I too, am a lover of Goldens! I have had 3 and there is no better!


  33. Molly_MollyCakes on January 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY EINSTEIN! Love Molly, Gus and Mozi

    P.S. He is such a perfect poser, my dogs cannot sit still for more than a second!


  34. Patricia on January 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! And many thanks to your Mistress, Michelle, for the treat recipe and most definitely for the alternatives because our JR has an allergy to wheat.


  35. Shani on January 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Yay! Happy Birthday, Einstein!!! My daughter’s bday is January 13th, and we had a dog who layed just like Einstein in the picture next to the cabinet; sometimes he’d even sleep with his back legs up and turned to the wall. The paint on the wall next my bed was scratched off from him sleeping with his feet up and scratching the wall to get comfortable.

    Dogs are so great! You two enjoy celebrating !!


  36. Erin Kiely on January 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Awwww! Happy Birthday, Einstein!! My golden retriever, Charlotte, just turned 6 too! Love goldens! Best dogs ever! Can’t wait to make these for her!! Thank you for the recipe!


  37. Donelle on January 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Just random note- (and i LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your blog and Einstein lol)- a LOT of dogs are allergic to grain (and really, it just makes a dog fat to be honest since it provides no nutritional value for a dog). Almond flour would seem like a good substitute, but actually, the high fat content might not go over well with them. And Rice is a grain. So I’d recommend using Tapioca flour, since it’s obviously grain free AND totally allergen free. If your dog/dog is not allergic to potato, then you could obviously use potato flour/potato flakes (as long as they are PLAIN).

    Feeding the furkids correctly is best for them and for your wallet when it comes to vet visits and a super long life full of birthday treats ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Not trying to be a stickler, I have just been working with animals/dogs for 10 years and really just want people to make well informed decisions since most people don’t think about the food they feed their pets.

    Keep up the amazing work!! I looooove this blog.


  38. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on January 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    OMG, I love the puppy pic!! Swoon! He is one lucky dog to get scrumptious treats like this ๐Ÿ™‚


  39. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up on January 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    OMG. Einstein’s baby photo is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I have to do this for my little baby at home (totally a pup). She is so small… I think I will try freezing some so that when I want to make them fresh I can just throw them on a cookie sheet. Thanks for the recipe!!!


  40. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on January 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Of course you made him pretzels! Happy birthday to Einstein– can’t believe what a little furball he used to be ๐Ÿ˜€


  41. Arthur in the Garden! on January 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Love this! Sweet Potatoes are everywhere this time of the year in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I have been trying to think of something new to make Gus!


  42. Laura Dembowski on January 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Such a sweet post, Michelle I love the picture of him looking at the treats with candles.


  43. Patti on January 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein, what a lucky fellow you are. Please have Michelle post more pictures of you. Hope you had a great birthday!


  44. J @ semplicemente ... J on January 14, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Have to make these for Dante! ๐Ÿ™‚


  45. Nicole on January 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    So cute! Happy Birthday to your pup.


  46. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee on January 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    we’re getting a puppy in less than 2 weeks! I pinned these so I can make him these treats for a speical occassion. awesome!


  47. Cathy on January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe! I was googling dog treats when this came up for Einstein! Happy Birthday E! We also raised an Einstein (half golden, half lab) for Canine Companions For Independence. He is now a working service dog. He was named after the character in Watchers by Dean Koontz. Was yours too I wonder?
    He’s a cutie!


    • Michelle on January 24th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Cathy, How funny! A number of people have asked me about the Dean Koontz book, but I’ve never read it… just a fun name ๐Ÿ™‚


  48. Emily (The Culinary Couple) on January 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I’m so behind on my blog reader … and I missed Einstein’s birthday! What a sweet dog. I obviously love this post. They grow way too fast, don’t they?!


    • Michelle on January 30th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Emily! That do grow way, way too fast! I can’t believe that Einstein is already SIX! Makes me sad!


  49. Woofbridge on February 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

    please do not substitute with Almond Flour as Almonds are toxic for dogs!


  50. Serena on March 8, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein! Here’s to many more happy years and lots of treats xx


  51. basketpam on April 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Your Einstein needs to meet my Lucy. Lucy is also a 6 year old pure bred golden retriever whose birthday is May 3rd. One of these days I’ll get ambitious and send you a picture or two of Lucy. My family has started working on me to get a “sister” for Lucy, another golden retriever. This is THE last thing I ever thought I would hear from my mother in her entire life. Growing up I wanted a dog (especially a larger dog, not a little yappy dog) SO badly I couldn’t stand it. But there were NO dogs ever allowed in our family and they would have NEVER allowed a dog to live in the house as Lucy does with me. Well, if I say Lucy and my mother now have sleepovers at her house what does that tell you? Those two are so attached it isn’t funny. Both of my parents call Lucy their “granddoggy” and I guess they’re getting anxious for another one. I also think a young active puppy would be VERY good for Lucy. She’s picked up weight the last year or two and is definitely slowing down with some arthritis. Since it’s just Lucy and I in the household and with my health problems I can’t always take her on long walks during these cold, windy bitter days I’m sure with a little sis to watch she’ll be more active. I brought home my little fur ball who was 8 weeks old on June 28th. She was to come home the next day, my actual birthday but I had a chance to meet the breeder at the vet for her checkup evaluation and they said just go ahead and take her. Shee was my birthday present to myself that year so the timing of her birth worked out perfectly. I wish I could find another pup ready to leave her mom some time in May or June of this year. I could probably be talked into getting Lucy a sister. If anyone knows of any well-bred golden retriever pups being born late spring or early summer this year please email me. I live in the Hagerstown, MD area.


  52. Leslie on April 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve made these several times and my dogs, my coworker’s dogs, my friend’s dogs, and my neighbor’s dogs love these! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I’ve replaced the potato with pumpkin a couple of times and those are a huge hit too.

    Einstein looks so much like my beloved dog and soulmate, Sandi, who I lost 6 years ago. Every time I open this page to make the recipe, my heart fills with joy when I see Einstein’s pictures. Thank you for that too. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Michelle on April 27th, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Aw, I’m so glad the pups have enjoyed these and that the pictures of Einstein brings back happy memories. Dogs are such wonderful souls.


  53. Kim on April 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Great idea! I can’t wait to make them for my Marley’s 6th birthday next week!


  54. Marge on May 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It took me awhile, but I finally got around to making these pretzel treats.
    Just wanted to let you know they were a huge hit with our dog!


  55. Melanie on August 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hi! I just made these today for my girl’s 2nd birthday and they came out great! One question for you though… What is the consistency supposed to be? Mine weren’t exactly hard like a normal dog biscuit, a little softer. Just want to know for next time when I make these. My baby loved these and we just wanted to say thanks!! =)


    • Michelle on August 23rd, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Hi Melanie, Happy birthday to your pup! These are a little softer, but you could probably dry them out in the oven at a low temperature if you want them to be hard.


      • Melanie on August 28th, 2013 at 2:59 am

        Thanks for getting back to me! She loved them just the way they were, just wanted to make sure that I baked them correctly! Thanks again for the great recipe idea and getting back to me!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  56. Jack and Asa's mom on March 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    This is a keeper! I will try these with oatbran flour since I don’t use wheat flour for our two black beauties. Thanks, can’t wait to make a batch! My s-I-l will thank you too. She brings them bagels from a dog bakery in the Twin Cities and they are so expensive. She can make these for a lot less! ;o)


  57. Kae on June 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Oh, these look great! I will have to make these for Jack!


  58. Renee on July 16, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Hello BEB & Einstein,
    I recently read about your pretzel dog cookies in Dog Fancy and am looking forward to making them for my 2 girls.
    Could you tell me how long they will keep for?
    Thank you !!!


    • Michelle on July 16th, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hi Renee, They will keep for about 3 to 5 days at room temperature (depending on how warm your house is), but you could freeze them for up to 2 months.


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