Dog cross buns...dog cross buns...one 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: