Cinnamon Bun Dog Treats

Since we deiced to get a Bowzer Box in September and October we’ve been pretty flush with treats for last two months, but I decided the dogs deserved something a little special today. A quick google search brought up these cinnamon buns from babble.com so I thought I’d give them a try. Hey, they looked easy…

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If it isn’t easy, it’s going to be a disaster.

As usual, I made a few substitutions – but safe ones this time, I promise! Google is my friend. I swapped out oil for applesauce (a pretty standard substitution for healthier treats) and since I didn’t have any honey, I opted to use a small amount of sugar instead.

Things started out fine.

Seems... normal?
Seems… normal?

Even the dough looked correct-ish!

"Needs more dog."
“Needs more dog.”

I followed the instructions exactly and “lightly floured” the counter (assuming that “lightly” means “cover everything you own with flour” and started smushing. The recipe calls for the dough to be rolled out “into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14-inch.” Hahahahahaha. This stuff stuck everywhere, to everything. A bunch more flour, a lot of tear-this-bit-off-and-stick-it-over-there and some serious swearing, and we had it under control (if a little less rectangular and more sort of… mutated-oblong-esque).

Sprinkle with cinnamon, a dash of sugar... hey, look at me go.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, a dash of sugar… hey, look at me go.

Then the rolling. Oh. My. God. It was a sticky disaster, and I had it rolled up most of the way before I realized it was rolled way too loosely.

Wait... no. Oh no. OH NO. Oh this is going to suck.
Wait… no. Oh no. OH NO. Oh this is going to suck.

Have you ever tried to unroll dough? Don’t. Just don’t. Ever, for any reason. At one point I seriously contemplated pitching the whole thing in the garbage and curling up in the fetal position. There are no photos of this process because I had dough stuck to every square inch of my hands and somehow it was in my hair and why do I bother and then finally… finally it was rolled up into god-damn-it-it’s-good-enough shape, and it was time to start cutting.

The recipe recommends you use dental floss for cutting but… what? I mean, I understand the principle but I have this perfectly good big-ass knife right here…

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It’s cool for cinnamon rolls to be flat on one side and have finger indents on the other, right?

This step provoked a lot of interest from the peanut gallery.

Um. It would appear you have no idea what you're doing. Let me assist. With my teeth.
Um. It would appear you have no idea what you’re doing. Let me assist. With my teeth.

Into the oven they went, and came out looking… believe it or not, ok! Sort of adorable, really.

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Like tiny delicious versions of the kind of thing I would never go to the effort to make for myself or my husband.

These are pretty big, and I’ll definitely split them in half. The recipe gives instructions for a cream-cheese frosting but then they’d have to be refrigerated and uuuuughhhhh I just don’t feel Martha Stewart enough for that today.

Oh shut up. You're not the boss of me.
Oh shut up. You’re not the boss of me.

The dogs each got one and seemed to enjoy them…

When I walked back into the kitchen a few minutes later, this is what I found… so I’m declaring them a win.

Oh.. hello. We're just guarding these for you. Wouldn't want anything to happen to them. Definitely not thinking about eating them off the counter, obviously. But since you're here...
Oh.. hello. We’re just guarding these for you. Wouldn’t want anything to happen to them. Definitely not thinking about eating them off the counter, obviously. But since you’re here…

 

Cinnamon Bun Bites
https://www.babble.com/best-recipes/homemade-treats-national-dog-day/

2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp. (2 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) water or milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. (30 mL) honey
1 tsp. (5 mL) cinnamon
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Cream cheese drizzle (optional):
1/4 cup (60 mL) light cream cheese
1-2 Tbsp. (15-30 mL) milk or water

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl stir together water, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14-inch. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts, if using. Starting from a long edge, roll up jelly-role style and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife or (even better) dental floss, slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you spread them with cream cheese.

Makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Store extra in a tightly covered container of freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.

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