This hot cross Easter gelatin gummy dog treat recipe was inspired by the aroma of the beloved hot cross buns. They combine nutritious gelatin, blackstrap molasses and a hint of spice in yummy homemade gummy dog treats. Drool…
Hot Cross Buns in Gummy Dog Treat Style
Hot cross gummies, hot cross gummies, smelling oh so yummy we would like them in our tummies! Hot cross paws, hot cross paws, tasting so delicious when we get them in our jaws!
The Tradition of Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns remind me of my grandmother baking when I was young. This molasses hot cross bun recipe looks a lot like the type of bun I remember as a child. Mmmm… Here in New Zealand, the buns seem to creep into the shops and bakeries earlier and earlier each year. Nowadays, they’re practically hot on the heels of Christmas. It’s shocking, really. But they are delicious! Check out this article for some fun facts and hot cross bun history. The bun, the myth, the legend!
From Bun to Gummy
Traditional hot cross buns aren’t very dog-friendly. Made with yeast dough, sweetened, and seasoned with spices and dried fruits they contain a whole lot of yeast and carbs and potentially toxic add-ins, like nutmeg or raisins. I’m using a few of the dog-friendly spices in the gummies (all optional) and a splash of blackstrap molasses to give colour, flavour, and scent. My dogs love the smell of Blackstrap molasses, but a little goes a long way.
Hot Cross Gummy Easter Dog Treats
Hot Cross Bun Inspired Dog Treats with Gelatin, Blackstrap Molasses, and Spices
- 1 cup cool water or chicken stock
- 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- Sprinkle of ground ginger (optional)
- Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
- Measure the water into a small pan.
- Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
- Wait and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom / gel.
- Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.
- Remove from heat.
- Measure your molasses and spices (optional) into a suitable container for mixing and pouring. I’ve tried a variety of methods over the years, but nowadays, I like using a coffee milk jug when I make gummies.
- Mix a small spoonful of the prepared liquefied gelatin with the molasses and spices to dissolve/mix with minimal lumps and clumps. Once mixed, add in the rest of your gelatin and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
- Chill to set.
As you can see in the collaged photos above, when these treats were first made and posted, I mixed the add-ins in the pan then poured into the jug. It works fine either way, but in the years since this post was shared, I’ve come to prefer mixing in the jug. It’s a great way to avoid any issues with lumps or clumps in more difficult add-ins. I’ve updated the recipe instructions above to the new method.
Gummy Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage.
- These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- Molasses and gelatin are enticing enough flavours that my dogs will enjoy these treats made with water (like the treats shown), but you can also use stock if you’d like. We might wrinkle our noses but dogs will find the combo downright drool worthy. A little tasty boost of chicken stock never goes astray. You can read more in our FAQ post on stock for making homemade dog treats.
- In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid makes firm gummies. If you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger / weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
- Blackstrap molasses is the highly-concentrated, final by-product of the refined sugar manufacturing process. It’s very dark, thick, strong, and actually kind of bitter. It has the highest content of beneficial nutrients of all the molasses.
- In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it’s not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used.
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.