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.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

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!

Carrie Harris

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

Stephanie @ Back For Seconds

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!! 🙂

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

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

Laura @Mamma Baker on Facebook
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!! 😀

Jenn @ The Boiled Noodle

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


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!


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

Melissa Belanger

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 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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!


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


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.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

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




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

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

You really are a genius.

Erin | The Law Student

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.

Jennifer | Bake or Break

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

christina @ oven adventures

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

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet


Tina @ Tina

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. 🙂


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

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

SO super cute!


I’ll try the recipe for sure!

Added to my favourite blogs!

Kim of Mo

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

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!!!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

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


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

Tracy | Pale Yellow

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!


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

Coco in the Kitchen

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!

Suzanne @AndMyHouse

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


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.


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

Alexsandra Kirkwood

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

Allie | Baking a Moment

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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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


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!


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

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


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?


ok, thank u!!! Which brand did u use? 🙂

Toni Miller

Amazing. Pure Brilliance!


Love your recipes, HATE that you don’t have pinterest share button available for them


Maybe they should be called Scooby Snacks! 😉

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… Read more »