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If you want to make your dog very happy, bake up a batch of these "puppy treats". They are super easy to make and bake up hard and crunchy. They will "keep" forever, much like a commercial milk bone, but tastier.

I have been making these treats for our 7 year old dog since she was little. When the treats are baking, she stations herself in the kitchen, waiting for them to come out of the oven. We try to reserve them as a reward for good behavior, but in all honesty, it is so much fun to watch her catch them mid-air, that we usually give in; she dearly loves these!!!

2½ cups whole wheat flour (white flour will work too)
1/3 cup bacon grease (see note below)
1 egg
½ to ¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder (not salt)
1 teaspoon onion powder (not salt)
3 heaping teaspoons beef bullion granules

Mix everything ( using the ½ cup of milk) into a STIFF dough (stand mixer works best). Beat until it comes together in a smooth ball. Everyones flour is different, so if the dough seems dry and won‘t hold together in a  smooth ball, just start adding the other ¼ cup of milk (one tablespoon at a time) until it holds together in a nice moist (but not sticky) ball (the dough texture should feel like freshly kneaded Play Doh).
Roll the dough into ropes about ½” in diameter. Cut the ropes into small pieces and put on an UNgreased cookie sheet (try to spread the pieces out; it's ok if they get sort of close to each other, but just make sure they are in a single layer. Cut small pieces for little dogs and bigger pieces for bigger dogs.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes; remove the pan from oven  and shake the pan a little (the pieces should slide around easily).  Cool the treats right on the pan. When the treats cool, they will be as dense and hard as a commercial milk bone treat; your dog will thank you!!!

Chloe patiently being a "good girl" so I will  throw a treat.

NOTE: This recipe calls for 1/3 cup of bacon fat, sounds like a lot, but the recipe makes a LOT of treats. If you don't have bacon fat, peanut butter works well too.

NOTE: We keep Chloe's treats in a large peanut butter jar. We often find her staring at the jar, lol!!
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