Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Can't Eat Just One!

By Missy from Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pets Mystery series

Hi everyone! It’s Missy, Mel's bulldog. Mel and Betty are knee-deep in inventory management. I have no idea what that means, but it keeps them busy. So I offered to share with you the recipe for my favorite treat. And if you know anything about dogs, we LOVE treats! 

I call these sweet potato jerky strips, but I heard Mel talking to her friend Darby, and she called them sweet potato chips. Honestly, I don't care what we call them, I just want to eat ALL of them! They are quick, simple, and delicious!

If you decide to try out the recipe, let us know how they turned out.

Missy's Sweet Potato Jerky Strips

You’ll need:

3 large sweet potatoes
Baking sheet
Cooling rack

Preheat oven to 250° F

Scrub those sweet potatoes. No need to peel.

Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/3″ slices, no smaller than 1/4″. Keep in mind, the thinner 

the slice, the shorter the cooking time.

Place sliced potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake for about 3 hours. Turning over after 1 ½ hours.

Cool completely on a wire rack. Depending on thickness this could take 30 minutes to 1 hour. As the treats cool, they will harden.

For desired chewiness – Baking 3 hours creates a soft, chewy dog treat. If your pooch prefers crunchy treats, bake for an additional 20-30 minutes. 


Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often write at ML’s dining room table or at the Starbucks up the street. If they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and, depending on the time of day, either an iced tea or a margarita. They chose to use Sparkle Abbey as their pen name because they liked the idea of combining the names of two of their rescue pets, Sparkle (ML's cat) and Abby (Anita's dog).

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  1. Thank you for the recipe! I am going to make these for my furry pals.

  2. My Daisy will love these, she really likes sweet potato.

  3. Ginger loves sweet potatoes. I'm adding this to my recipe collection.