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How to Make Dog Treats

Dogs need to have a balanced, healthy diet. However, a healthy canine diet is not the same as a healthy diet for people [source: Lopatin]. Dogs like a treat now and then, and it's tempting to let them share your snack. However, it's important to remember that some "people treats" are very unhealthy for dogs. Never give your dog chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins or grapes [source: animal ark]. Here's a recipe that will make your dog's day. Before you make these homemade treats, make sure your dog isn't sensitive to any of the ingredients.

Apple cinnamon biscuits

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups unbleached flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1/8 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup smooth applesauce
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • ½ to ¾ cup water

Here's what to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Blend in the applesauce and egg thoroughly.
  4. Add the water gradually while stirring, until the dough is very stiff. Add flour if as necessary.
  5. Knead the dough by hand until it's smooth.
  6. Roll out the dough until it's ¼-inch (6.35-millimeters) thick. Dust both sides with flour if it gets too sticky.
  7. Cut the dough into biscuits with a cookie cutter.
  8. Place the biscuits ½ inch (12.7 millimeters) apart on a lightly-greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 38 to 50 minutes, until lightly brown on the outside and dry inside.
  10. Turn off the oven. Let the biscuits harden in the oven for five hours (or overnight). Don't open the oven door during this time.
  11. Store the biscuits in an airtight container [source: ThriftyFun].

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