One of my favorite childhood memories was waking up with my sister to my dad’s homemade cinnamon rolls. He especially loved to make them for us in the winter months; the hot gooey treat was the best way to kick-start a day of playing in the snow. When I came across this recipe for cinnamon roll dog cookies I knew I had to make them for my fur kids, and was just a little too excited to wait for snow.
Me and my twin sister Kathleen
(That’s right, I had a robo-cat, it was awesome.)
These small cinnamon roll biscuits are made with whole wheat flour and canola oil, which contains heart healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats as well as omega 3 fatty acids. They look as good as they taste; having been rolled into a log and sliced they resemble the real thing – even more so if you drizzle them with cream cheese, thinned with a little water. Drizzling is easy if you put the sugar-free cream cheese “icing” in a zip-lock bag and snip off one corner to squeeze the mixture out.
Cinnamon Roll Biscuits
2 cups Whole wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Water or milk
1/4 cup Canola oil
1 Large egg
2 Tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 cup Finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Cream cheese drizzle (optional):
1/4 cup Light cream cheese
1-2 Tbsp. Milk or water
Whisk together into an icing consistency
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.
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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 drizzle the cream cheese on them.
“Lord, Please let it grow legs and jump into my mouth!
Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please!”
Makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Store extra in a tightly covered container and freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge. Or better yet, share with friends!
No puppies were left hungry following the completion of this recipe. 🙂