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Muddy Buddy Cookies are exactly how they sound, chocolatey peanut buttery deliciousness. They are no bake, messy, and totally worth it! The perfect cookie for any time of the year!

Muddy Buddy Cookies on tray.

Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies (whatever you call them) was my favorite, favorite snack growing up. For some reason we always had it a lot more around Christmas, I don’t know why but we just did.

I have made different variations of it before, but I wanted to make a different version that incorporates it but is just as delicious! Boom, Muddy Buddy Cookies were born.

These cookies are super simple, I love a good no bake cookie and I will have to admit that these are one of my all-time top 5 favorite cookies ever.

It’s always hard for me to choose favorites because I have so many, but with all the different elements from the chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and cereal really make these absolutely mouthwatering.

Kids love these cookies, they love helping make them and it is a great way to get the kids in the kitchen with you as well! I love to get kids in the kitchen whenever I can.

Since this is no bake and messy they will have so much fun and so will you, more so when you are able to eat one of these piles of deliciousness. 

Some of my other favorite cookies we have on our site include: No Bake Almond Joy Cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and M&M Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies.

Spatula holding up one cookie.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • With minimal and easy to find ingredients these come together in no time.
  • You can double this batch for gatherings or for cookie exchanges.
  • This is a great base recipe where you can change up the flavor and type of cookie.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Chocolate chips
Peanut butter
Unsalted butter,
Vanilla extract
Rice chex cereal
Powdered sugar

Ingredients needed to make Muddy Buddy Cookies.

HOW TO MAKE MUDDY BUDDY COOKIES:

  1. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter into a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. 
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave another 30 seconds, stir. Keep microwaving at 15-second intervals until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Place the cereal in a very large bowl. Add ⅓ of the chocolate mixture.
  4. Stir to combine. Repeat 2 more times until the cereal is evenly coated.
  5. In parchment-lined sheet trays, add 2 tablespoon-sized dollops of the cereal mixture, not touching onto the trays. I like to gently pack the cluster with the back of a spoon to make sure the cereal is sticking to itself. 
  6. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or the fridge for 2 hours so they can harden. 
  7. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. One at a time, place a cookie cluster in the powdered sugar and coat it. Tap off the excess and place the cookie back on the sheet tray. Repeat with the remaining cookies. 

Step by step photos on how to make Muddy Buddy Cookies.

WHAT KIND OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS SHOULD I USE?

For these Muddy Buddy Cookies we used semi-sweet chocolate chips since they are rolled in powdered sugar we did not want the outcome to be too overly sweet.

You can use any kind of chocolate that you’d like milk or even dark chocolate will work depending on what flavor outcome you are looking for.

The one suggestion that I will stress is to choose high-quality chocolate, this helps the chocolate chips melt better.

WHAT KIND OF CHEX CAN I USE?

You can use any kinds that you want, traditionally Muddy Buddies use rice chex and that is what we use for this recipe as well.

Some other great ideas depending on the season you can use wheat, corn, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc. Test out some flavors and see what you like. You can also use Crispix cereal for these as well.

Tray full of Muddy Buddy Cookies with a bowl of Muddy Buddies.

HOW TO STORE:

These are best stored in the refrigerator so the chocolate doesn’t melt. Place in an airtight container or bag and they should last up to 1 week.

These can also be frozen, place in a freezer bag and they will keep for up to 3 months. Let defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure you keep these refrigerated otherwise they have a chance of melting.
  • These can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • You can use any chocolate chips that you like, we went with semi-sweet to balance out the sweetness.
  • Easily double this recipe to make more for guests.
  • We like rice chex for this but feel free to use whatever you like best.
  • These are messy! Make sure you use a napkin, this is the fun part.
  • Looking for a little bit of crunch, use chunky peanut butter.

Close up of stacked Muddy Buddy Cookies.

Looking for that tasty and different cookie? These Muddy Buddy Cookies are exactly what you need, delicious, easy, and absolutely fun!

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5 from 4 votes

Muddy Buddy Cookies

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsLife.com
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 50 - 60

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter into a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave another 30 seconds, stir. Keep microwaving at 15-second intervals until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Place the cereal in a very large bowl. Add ⅓ of the chocolate mixture.
  • Stir to combine. Repeat 2 more times until the cereal is evenly coated.
  • In parchment-lined sheet trays, add 2 tablespoon-sized dollops of the cereal mixture, not touching onto the trays. I like to gently pack the cluster with the back of a spoon to make sure the cereal is sticking to itself.
  • Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or the fridge for 2 hours so they can harden.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. One at a time, place a cookie cluster in the powdered sugar and coat it. Tap off the excess and place the cookie back on the sheet tray. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  1. LOVE muddy buddies! Can’t wait to try the cookie form!!

  2. Heather Potito says:

    You mention vanilla, I assume it goes with all other ? I’m gonna love these!

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