Dog Friendly Hot Cross Buns Recipe


These hot cross buns make ideal Easter-themed treats for your dog, and also work as an excellent gift for any dog-loving friends. Traditional hot cross buns contain raisins that can cause kidney failure in canines; these buns instead contain cranberries and grated carrot, and dogs love them! Feed as a tasty breakfast treat on Easter Sunday.


  • 300g strong white bread flour
  • 20g butter (room temperature)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp. fast action yeast
  • 1 small egg
  • 150ml tepid milk
  • 80g dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. spoon golden syrup, plus extra for glazing
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Packet of doggie yogurt drops


  1. Sieve flour and cinnamon into a bowl, then rub in the butter to make breadcrumbs.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the golden syrup, yeast and orange zest.
  3. Beat egg with the milk in a separate bowl for one minute, then pour into the well. Mix together to form a soft dough.
  4. Turn the dough out onto to lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, slowly working in the cranberries and grated carrot.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and return to the mixing bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place to prove for 1 hour.
  6. Turn out the dough on to your floured work surface and lightly punch it in the centre to “knock back” the dough. Shape into a ball again and return to the bowl. Cover and leave for a further 30 minutes to rise.
  7. Turn out the dough once again onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equally pieces. Place of a greased baking tray and flatten slightly into a bun shape.
  8. Place in a pre-heated oven at 220°C, gas mark 8 for 10 – 15 minutes until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and brush with the retained golden syrup while still hot. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Melt the yogurt drops in the microwave on a low heat for approximately 30 seconds. Drizzle the melted yogurt mixture over the cooled buns to create a cross shape.

These buns would also be very tasty for humans to eat – simply supplement the yogurt drops with a basic icing mixture. Additionally, Groomers also stock a number of Easter themed treats for your dog, including Easter eggs and hot crossed buns – ideal if cooking isn’t your thing. Find them here.


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