My Baby’s Birthday

Last week was Theo’s 9th birthday. It is hard to believe that 9 years ago I had just graduated and was moving 4 hours from home to live in a strange new town all by myself to attend college. I needed some company to keep me from getting too homesick, so I went to the flea market and fell in love with this little guy.

It was love at first sight and a few hours later my parents were staring at a tiny, little pup with very big feet. There was concern that he would soon be a very large dog.

But now he is family and everyone loves him just as much as I did when I first saw him.

This year I felt it was important to make something special for his birthday. So I made cookies – for him.

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 sweet potato or banana
1/4 cup veggie oil
up to 1/2 cup water
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First, peel and cut the sweet potato into 1 inch cubes. Place sweet potato in a microwave safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high about 6-8 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.

In the meantime, Mix together the flour, oats, and baking powder. Stir in the peanut butter.

When the sweet potato is tender, drain off the water and mash with a fork until smooth. If you didn’t have sweet potatoes you could substitute 1 or 2 mashed bananas.

Mix the sweet potato(or bananas) into the flour/peanut butter mixture.

Drizzle oil and enough water to bring the mixture together. You want the same kind of texture and consistency as any other cookie dough. The varied  moisture content in certain sweet potatoes or bananas will dictate the amount of water needed, so just use your judgement.

It should look like this!!

Scoop out the dough and FLATTEN into cookie shape. These cookies do not change shape in the oven. the first time I made these a couple of years ago, we had dog cookie balls. You have to flatten them for even cooking and final appeal. Although, my dogs do not care so much about the shape, they taste good either way.

Bake at 375* for about 15 minutes. It’s a long time, so while you and the pups wait, make your dog a birthday hat, make him wear it and take pictures.

"There better be cookies after this torture."

Isn’t he just the cutest!!

There is no sugar or salt in these cookies, so while they are perfectly safe for human consumption, they wouldn’t be as tasty as OREOs. But every dog I know loves these sweet potato, peanut butter cookies!

Happy Birthday Theo!!

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