My dogs LOVE homemade treats. Actually, they love all kinds of treats, but since I like to keep the ingredients in their food clean and wholesome, I happen to love homemade dog treats too.
When I can control the ingredients, I know there aren’t going to be any crazy chemicals in the treats.
Cinnamon Dog Treats
This recipe is fantastic. If you bake you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand and the treats come out looking so CUTE.
I mean who doesn’t love cinnamon buns on a cooling autumn day or in my case in the middle off summer? Heck, give me cinnamon buns anytime and I’ll be sure to eat them.
I found this pawsome recipe on Babble, so I just had to share!
And don’t worry – there is no yeast in this recipe. So, you don’t have to get up extra early to make Puppers their buns in the morning!
You can make them right away or just freeze them without the drizzle and pull them out to thaw when you want to use them. It’s the pawfect dog cinnamon roll recipe!
The Benefits of Cinnamon In Dogs
Cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs. Just like in humans you want to use cinnamon as a spice and not give them tablespoons at a time.
There are reports that a small cinnamon supplement can help control blood sugar in older dogs. However, I haven’t been able to find scientific research to back this up.
You can however give your dog a treat flavored with cinnamon without worry.
Dog Cinnamon Roll Recipe – Homemade Cinnamon Bun Dog Biscuits
- 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-roll 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 and freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.
Notes on Cream Cheese Icing for Dogs
This recipe contains a cream cheese drizzle. This makes the treats especially delicious, but also makes the treats much higher in fat and sugar.
If your pup is dealing with weight issues then you can skip this step to reduce the calories and still have a delicious treat.
Avoiding Nutmeg in Dog Treats
It may be tempting to add the wonderful warming spice of nutmeg to this recipe.
Don’t do it. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs in large quantities. Producing hallucinations, high blood pressure, disorientation, and seizures.
But at low quantities – like what’s in most human baking – it usually doesn’t cause a problem. If your dog gets a little nutmeg in a cookie they snatch from you they are likely to be fine.
Keep an eye on them for 24 hours to make sure. If they exhibit any of the above symptoms get them to a vet.
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