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Every dog owner enjoys giving their pet a special treat and what better snack than home-made biscuits, baked with loving care in your own kitchen? Preparing a batch of dog biscuits is similar to making cookies, and in some cases, even simpler. In addition, these biscuits are generally cheaper than the store bought variety and will keep for weeks,
when properly stored.

Although all ages can enjoy this activity, mixing and baking a batch of biscuits can be a great children's project for a rainy day, or for a slumber party, where each youngster can take home a few samples for their own pet.

If you have a dog-lover friend or relative, home-made biscuits can make a truly unique gift for birthdays and Christmas. Here are some easy recipes which are sure to make you and your dog smile.

NO FLEAS PLEASE BISCUITS

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease or oil 2 large baking sheets. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oil and garlic. Combine other dry ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly mix into the oil-garlic, adding broth gradually to keep mixture moist. Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on prepared baking sheets for 20-25 minutes or until brown around the edges. Allow to air dry for 2 hours and store in plastic bags.

BONE APPETITE

Cheesy treats your dog will love!
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 can cheese soup
1 stick butter
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons molasses
Mix all ingredients together. Knead dough on a floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 inch and cut with cookie cutter or knife. Bake biscuits at 375 degrees on an ungreased baking sheet for 20 minutes, then turn them over and bake another 10 minutes. Allow to air dry.

FIBER FOR FIDO

This variation has bran in the mix.
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup bran flakes, crushed
1/8 cup white flour
1/8 cup corn meal
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons Crisco
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sage
1 bouillon cube dissolved in 1/3 cup warm water.
Mix all ingredients together. Put in a food processor and blend, adding more water till mixture balls up. Roll out and cut into shapes with cookie cutter or knife. Bake at 350 degrees on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and harden.

DOGGIE DOUGHNUTS

Here's a recipe for the microwave.
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2/3 cup chicken or beef broth
Place flour in a large bowl. Add egg and broth and mix well. Blend in oatmeal and garlic powder. Roll dough into a ball. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a round about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with small doughnut cutters into rings. Shape scrapes by hand. Arrange rings on a shallow baking dish or on a sheet of parchment paper in a single layer.
Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes, or until firm. Store in covered container when dog is not looking.