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Sean’s Pup-Friendly Hot Cross Buns 

Everyone loves a hot cross bun, but they’re not suitable for dogs! Recipes contain raisins, sultanas, citrus zest and nutmeg – all toxic to our canine companions. Slathering them in butter isn’t going to do your pup’s waistline any favours either. Here’s my delicious dog-friendly recipe, which all of the family at Easter can share. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: English
Keyword: dog hot cross buns, dog treats
Servings: 12 buns
Author: Sean from Tails
Cost: 5


  • 350 g Strong white bread flour plus extra for dusting  (or rice flour if intolerant to wheat),
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon 
  • 20 g Xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • 1 tbsp Honey, plus optional extra to glaze
  • 2 tsp Fast-action dried yeast 
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml Lactose-free milk 
  • 1 Small carrot, washed and grated 
  • 80 g Dried cranberries 
  • Olive oil, for greasing 
  • 50 g plain flour (or rice flour) 


  • Sift the bread flour and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the peanut butter and rub together with your fingertips to create a mixture resembling breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre of your breadcrumb mix and add the honey and yeast. 
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg and milk together for about 1 minute. Pour the egg and milk mixture into the well, folding and mixing until a dough is formed. (This could also be done in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.) 
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and stretchy, then knead in the grated carrot and cranberries. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise for an hour. 
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  • Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a floured surface, before shaping into a ball again. Return to the bowl and leave to rise for another 30 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C (fan)/ gas 7 and lightly grease a large baking tray. 
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Form the pieces into balls, then flatten into bun shapes and place on the prepared baking tray. 
  • Now for the fun bit! Mix the plain flour with 11⁄2–2 tablespoons water, adding it slowly and stirring in until you have a light dough.
  • Roll small pieces of the dough into ribbons and create traditional crosses on top of the buns. Or try rolling dots and decorating the buns with paw prints! 
  • Once your masterpieces are ready, pop them in the preheated oven and bake for 12–15 minutes until beautifully golden. 
  • An optional extra touch is to lightly paint the surface of the buns with some honey before they cool, to give the buns a glaze. 


Serve these up to the whole family, so your dog doesn’t feel left out at Easter, but do take care with portion control; these are a one-off indulgence, and I advise you to reduce the amount you give your dog for dinner that day. 
Store the buns in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.