Puppy Chow Cookies

Puppy Chow Cookies

These Puppy Chow Cookies (or Muddy Buddy Cookies) are a simple and delicious way to transform your favorite snack mix into a cookie!

I came up with the idea for these cookies last week…it was a moment of pure genius, I tell you.

I mean, everyone loves the snackity snack, Puppy Chow.  Or Muddy Buddies..or whatever the heck you call it in your world.

Anyhow, Puppy Chow is a total 80’s snack mix..it’s Chex cereal coated in peanut butter and chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar.


Well, I thought, why couldn’t this be a cookie?  Like whoa!

So basically I did my so-happy-I’m-a genius-dance and went along my merry way.


Anyhow, I made them, ate them and reveled in how freaking delicious they were.

Then I made the very UNgenius decision to google the idea…you know, so I could see if I was the inventor of the best cookie that ever lived.

SO yeah, I’m not.


Anyhow, I’m just gonna say I am, because I thought of it in my own brain.


Long story short…make these cookies.

Puppy Chow Cookies or Muddy Buddy Cookies, or whatever you want to call them.

Puppy Chow Cookies

All you have to do is make a simple peanut butter cookie.

Flatten the dough out before baking them…

Puppy Chow Cookies

They’ll look like this…

Puppy Chow Cookies

Then melt some peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter together.

Puppy Chow Cookies

And make a little assembly station.

Chocolate, powdered sugar and cookies.

Puppy Chow Cookies Then dip your cookie into the chocolate…make sure to tap off ALL the excess.  You only need a thin coating of chocolate on each.

Puppy Chow Cookies

Then plop it into the powdered sugar to coat… Puppy Chow Cookies See?

Puppy Chow Cookies

And yeah…repeat that a bunch of times.

Puppy Chow Cookies

I tried shaking them in the powdered sugar in a bag, but it didn’t work so well.

Puppy Chow Cookies

Let them set up before you eat them!

These will be so perfect for holiday cookie trays!

Puppy Chow Cookies

If you’re still in the mood for Muddy Buddy/Puppy Chow Treats check out these:

Muddy Buddy Truffles

Puppy Chow Krispies

Muddy Buddy Brownies


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Puppy Chow Cookies
makes about 3 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment, set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer cream butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Add both sugars and beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in flour.
  6. Portion out dough by in tablespoon amounts. Roll into a ball and then flatten to approximately ½ inch thick. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes until golden at he edges.
  8. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  1. In microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Heat on high for 1 minute and then stir until smooth.
  2. Place powdered sugar in bowl.
  3. Dip each cookie in chocolate and using a fork remove cookie, tapping off excess chocolate. You don't need a lot of chocolate coating on the cookies.
  4. Immediately dip the cookie into the powdered sugar and toss to coat completely.
  5. Place back on cooling rack to until chocolate is set. Repeat for all cookies.
store airtight for up to 3 days.


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October 22, 2013 7:31 pm

I hadn’t heard of these until now, so you’re still a genius to me!! These look awesome!


That’s the worst when you think of something, you’re so impressed with yourself and then google happens and your dreams of being so creative are crushed! LOL I have seen these before but never made them, I couldn’t have come up with these on my own! Love cookies dipped in a chocolate mixture, life doesn’t get much better!

October 22, 2013 8:35 pm

Puppy Chow is one of my husband’s favorite…I think he’d love me forever if I made these for him!

October 22, 2013 8:35 pm

Woah. I made Muddy Buddy Bars several months ago and thought I was pretty genius, but THESE! Ohhhh man. I will call you brilliant even if you aren’t the first person to think of them. Pinning!! :)

October 22, 2013 8:37 pm

Wow! What a creative idea. I think that you are genius :$

Laura @Mamma Baker on Facebook
October 22, 2013 9:24 pm

Hello, Shelly! Greetings from Buenos Aires, Arg! Just wondering, since we are not used to peanut butter for baking here and p butter is not available everywhere, if the one you use in this recipe is unsweetened. Just because that is the only one I got. And if it is not, how much sugar should I add to the recipe to compensate? Thank you and great work!! 😀

October 22, 2013 9:42 pm

Is it ok to bake cookies at 10 at night?! These are absolutely genius…maybe I will get back on my diet tomorrow…..

October 22, 2013 10:02 pm

Oh my aunt used make these and bring them to our Christmas party. So freaking good!! Hers are different than yours though, but oh my gosh!! I think yours look better! Holy heck, they are amazing! You are totally a genius!

October 22, 2013 10:34 pm

I remember devouring a whole batch of muddy buddies singlehandedly one night in college. I fear the same would happen with these.

October 22, 2013 10:44 pm

Wow! These are such a great and unique idea. My mouth is watering for one. Plus probably easier to eat – but I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing :)

October 23, 2013 1:28 am

Love the assembly line photos! And who doesn’t love puppy chow! And don’t you hate it when you think you come up with a genius idea and google it and realize you’re not the first? Ugh! But I read a ton of baking blogs (as you do) and I have NEVER heard/seen this concept so you are the only one in my eyes :) pinned!

October 23, 2013 7:26 am

Amazing! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

October 23, 2013 8:29 am

Sounds yummy but the big part of Puppy Chow is the Chex! I was hoping those would be included somewhere like as the outside coating to add the crunch.

October 23, 2013 10:04 am

These are amazing, Shelly! Don’t think I could stop at just one! :)

October 23, 2013 11:02 am


October 23, 2013 11:09 am

These are RIDICULOUS (in the absolute best way possible)!

October 23, 2013 11:22 am

You really are a genius.

October 23, 2013 12:00 pm

Girl, you are still a genius in my book! Looks like divine inspiration to me (and I bet they taste like it too.) Hello Cookie Heaven, it’s a pleasure to meet you.

October 23, 2013 12:27 pm

You, my friend, are indeed a genius. I love this idea! Wow!

October 23, 2013 1:13 pm

you have no idea the things i would do for a tray of these like right now.

October 23, 2013 1:44 pm


October 23, 2013 2:19 pm

I’ve never heard of puppy chow cookies so as far as I’m concerned, you created them. 😉 Love love love these. Pinned to make. :)

October 23, 2013 2:30 pm

The peanut butter cookies look fantastic!! What a great idea!! YUM!

October 23, 2013 2:41 pm

SO super cute!

October 23, 2013 2:44 pm

I’ll try the recipe for sure!

Added to my favourite blogs!

October 23, 2013 2:59 pm

I did just see these a few weeks ago somewhere, and I still think it’s genius (and it seems like yours are a little easier to make. Bonus!)I want the whole pan!

Jane K
October 23, 2013 3:46 pm

I’ve never seen them before so you are the creator and I can’t wait to try them! Will make pretty holiday cookies as well … Love the pictures … esp the one with the missing cookie!!!

October 23, 2013 4:21 pm

Get out. These are so darn creative, Shelly! I want a dozen!

October 23, 2013 5:32 pm

These look sooo tasty! Quick question: are the pb cookies crunchy or chewy?

October 23, 2013 5:53 pm

I’m in love! These look fantastic and are a bit more portion controlled than puppy chow. I might be able to stop after a cookie or two versus a whole bag of the original!

October 23, 2013 7:02 pm

You aren’t even HUMAN! You are some sort of DESSERT GODDESS!!! You need a T-Shirt!

October 24, 2013 3:01 pm

The centers look really dense, but flaky. This is a must-try.

BTW, there’s still time to win a fall yarn wreath I made to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Please spread the word.
Thanks, Shelly!

October 24, 2013 3:21 pm

All I can say is “wow.” My kids will go crazy for these! Thanks!

October 24, 2013 3:42 pm

Ugh!!! I have a batch in the oven and I turned around and realized I didn’t put the peanut butter in the dough BECAUSE it is in the ingredient list but not in the directions!!!! Guess I’ll make some more.

October 25, 2013 9:26 am

What a genius idea! My kids (and hubby) would absolutely love these!

Alexsandra Kirkwood
October 25, 2013 9:48 am

These look great! Can you think of any way to add Chex in there somehow? I love the crunch :)

October 25, 2013 8:25 pm

Omg girl this exact same thing happened to me 2 weeks ago with pumpkin spice latte tiramisu. Google suuuuuuucks! Well, I say if you thought of it yourself then you invented it. I never saw it before, & I think it’s genius!

October 27, 2013 9:37 pm

I feel like this all the time! LOL. One time, I was hit with this great idea to use oreo cookies to make thin mints, but then others have already tried it. Boo. Haha, but that doesn`t mean these puppy chow cookies weren`t a delicious invention!

October 29, 2013 12:00 pm

I love muddy buddies!!! These cookies look amazing! I cannot wait to try this recipe. I know my whole family will enjoy them!

November 1, 2013 10:44 am

Laughing so hard right now! Honestly the plight of every food blogger, and I feel like it happens to me more than anyone! It’s even worse when your “super clever title”, ends up being exactly the same!

November 3, 2013 1:27 am

Haha – that happens to me all the time. I think I’ve come up with a great idea, only to find out that I’m not the first. But I don’t care if these have been done before(which by the way, I’ve never seen them!) because I want a dozen!

November 7, 2013 8:11 pm

Making them right now, can’t wait till they are finished, sending few to my sissy in Californa cause she the one who posted them on my Pinterest. I hope she is happy

November 16, 2013 6:01 pm

I love puppy chow mix and never would’ve guessed how to turn that into a cookie. Regardless of the inventor, glad your brain thought of it!


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December 13, 2013 5:17 pm

Is it really a tablespoon of vanilla? That seems…kinda a lot.

(Totally making these for the other half’s Christmas.)

December 15, 2013 3:50 pm

just made them and they’re r scrumptious. My chocolate and pb/butter mixture was thick and yours looks thin. I made it 3 times to make sure I hadn’t messed it up but each time it was thick-almost that I had to spread it on the cookies rather than dip them. Any ideas?

December 15, 2013 9:43 pm

ok, thank u!!! Which brand did u use? :-)


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