Monday, 27 March 2017

{RECIPE} Dog Cross Bun Easter Treats

Dog cross cross ha'penny, two ha'penny, dog cross buns... In our local supermarkets and bakeries, hot cross buns seem to sneak onto the shelves ridiculously early, sometimes even replacing Christmas treats at the start of the year! In honour of the beloved bun, these Easter treats are made with a deliciously spiced dough and topped with a cross; however, instead of yeasty bread buns these are snappy biscuits without the doggy no-nos often found in human hot crossed buns, like nutmeg, raisins, currants, and other unhealthy ingredients.

Since these treats are really all about the simple shape and embellishment, to make your own Dog Cross Buns, you can use any dog-friendly roll-and-cut treat dough; however, for an authentic spiced sweet bread inspired scent we recommend opting for a dough that includes cinnamon and/or blackstrap molasses. Some of our archive recipes that could work particularly nicely for dough include Molasses and Peanut Butter "Gingerbread" (used for the treats pictured in this post, but I mixed things up a little with a combo of rice and buckwheat flours), Autumn Apple Puppy Pies, or Blackstrap Banana Biscuits.  You can also tweak your favourite rollable treat dough by altering the wets to include some blackstrap and/or adding a sprinkle of cinnamon. Easy peasy!  Here is how we made our treats:

Friday, 24 March 2017

DIY Squeaky Easter Egg Stuffed Softie Dog Toys

Calorie-free DIY doggy Easter egg fun! You can even burn off a few naughty treats with some pawesome playtime together! I made two toys (one for each dog), but of course the only thing better than playing with your own toy is playing with your brother's toy, and the only thing better than playing with your brother's toy hording them BOTH... right Humphrey??? Check out this rather guilty looking face and the cheeky snaps below:

Monday, 20 March 2017

{RECIPE} Cute and Simple Spring Flower Dog Treats

Happy first day of spring to our northern furfriends! Today's treat is flower-shaped, especially for you. Regular readers will already know how much I love using my little circle plunger cutters for pocket-friendly mini dog treats (like these, these, these...) but I have other shapes in my baking stash as well including the lovely little flower plungers used to make these cookies. So cute and so simple! The "pop out" piece in the flower plunger has a little point in the center so that each blossom is formed not only with petals but with a little center indent as well.  They are beautiful plain (and are best kept plain if you're planning on carrying them in your pockets), or you can use the indent as a convenient little divot for adding a wee drop of melted carob or yogurt (as shown).