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.

Puppy Chow Cookies! These are a delicious peanut butter cookie coated in chocolate and powdered sugar! The cookie version of the popular snack mix!

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. Check out the fun video I made…


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! These are a delicious peanut butter cookie coated in chocolate and powdered sugar! The cookie version of the popular snack mix!

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 CookiesThen 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 CookiesSee?

Puppy Chow Cookies! These are a delicious peanut butter cookie coated in chocolate and powdered sugar! The cookie version of the popular snack mix!

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! These are a delicious peanut butter cookie coated in chocolate and powdered sugar! The cookie version of the popular snack mix!

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




makes about 3 dozen cookies



  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup flour


  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 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 1/2 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.

80 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. Laura @Mamma Baker on Facebook

    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!! 😀

    1. Shelly

      The one I use is sweetened, but unsweetened pb will work fine! There is enough sugar in the cookie and also the coating that you won’t have any problem!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Catie

    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.

  6. Jane K

    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!!!

  7. 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!

  8. Jackie

    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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. Rebecca

    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

  13. danielle

    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?

    1. Shelly

      I DO! On your desktop each image will have a pin button pop up when you hover your mouse over it.. OR at the bottom of each post you will find all my social share options if you aren’t on your desktop. Hope this helps!!

  14. Megan

    I made these last night. They are so delicious. I had trouble getting all the chocolate to melt in the microwave so I tried the double broiler. Most of it finally did but in the process of transferring back and forth I think I lost too much and didn’t have enough to finish dipping all the cookies. I improvised with the Jiff whipped chocolate peanut butter and a little butter in the microwave. It was runny but made the dipping and getting the excess off a lot easier. Next time, and there will be a next time, I plan to just use the Jiff chocolate peanut butter.

  15. angela

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need I really say more!!?
    I just pinned these and I will be making them very soon!!
    You’re my HERO!!

  16. Barbara

    I got so excited that there was finally a recipe for cookies for my dog. Of course when I read that chocolate was in the ingredients that killed it. Glad I saw that. There should be a label that it’s for humans in case that some don’t know that chocolate can kill a dog.

  17. Haley

    I made this recipe for a baking day and I have received a ton of compliments on it.
    It making them, the chocolate covering process was really tedious and my chocolate mix didn’t seem to melt very thinly so I wasn’t getting very even coverage anyway. But I stopped about halfway through the batch and boy am I glad because I realized that this recipe also has the best peanut butter cookies I have EVER had. I love peanut butter but am always disappointed by how heavy and greasy peanut butter cookies are. This recipe was perfect, though. I literally had like 2 to share just because I could not keep my hands off of them!

  18. Randall

    I made 12 dozen last night but I am struggling with the dipping in chocolate! How was your chocolate so creamy? And if I touch the cookie it leaves a finger spot! Please help. I still have 11 dozen to dip!

  19. Betty Jo

    I made these today. My cookie turned out good, but when I melted everything for the coating it wasn’t at all creamy. We ended up using the coating like a frosting and then dipped the tops in the sugar, but the sugar is being absorbed into the frosting. . My hubby loves them, but im sort of disappointed…these are going to be cookies we give to a few friends for the holidays…maybe

  20. melissa

    I love muddy buddies so thought for sure these would be fantastic. Butttt the Cookies were crumbly and fell apart. Getting the chocolate on the cookies and in the sugar is a nightmare! Boy I wish I could get that hour back! And the clean up yikes chocolate and powder everywhere. Chocolate on face and clothes and hair! They look literally like muddy buddies like creatures trapped under globs of mud and dust lol. Congrats if u can make these like she did. It’s not easy!

  21. Tricia

    False advertisement! I’m disappointed! I’m sure they are good cookies, no doubt… But they aren’t Puppy Chow cookies! Puppy Chow has Chex Cereal… These don’t! One of the best things about Puppy Chow is the crunch.

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