Puppy Chow Cookies

by Erin

The favorite party snack puppy chow is not only mixed into these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, but they are coated like it too!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Puppy Chow Cookies

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Today was supposed to be the kick-off of the Ohio State Buckeyes football season playing again Illinois.

Of course I know there are far worse things that have come out of this pandemic (you know, like death and suffering), but that doesn’t take away from the fact that many local businesses take a hit when things like this are cancelled.

Hotels, bars, restaurants, merchandise – all the people who own such businesses that depend of football season for business are going to struggle even more than they are already. As someone involved in the local Columbus food scene, my heart has been in a constant state of worry for all my friends who own such businesses since March. 

Puppy Chow Cookie Coating

In an effort to lighten the mood (and a successful IG poll), I have decided to continue on with my regularly scheduled Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturdays #PBchocSat posts. I realize today is a Thursday, but since today should have been game day I am sticking to the original schedule. 

So I happily dug out my list of recipe ideas and found this baby ready and waiting right at the top – puppy chow cookies. A peanut butter chocolate chip cookie with actual puppy chow mixed in and then coated in the very same peanut butter-chocolate-powdered sugar mixture. 

Puppy Chow Cookies

Are these cookies a bit over the top? Possibly. Are they messy to make? Yes, especially if you are a spazz in the kitchen like me. But are they worth every bit of the excess and cleanup? You bet they are. And honestly I think these cookies are exactly what we all need right now. (Might be why my cake batter puppy chow is so popular. I also have a s’mores version!)

I will admit I was a bit upset when a local bakery beat me to the idea of these cookies, but thankfully mine are slightly different, mostly in the outward presentation. I swear I am not a copy cat! As if I could really compete with them anyway…

Puppy Chow Cookie Cross Section

One last thing – do you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies? I think I have always called it puppy chow but of course I did my share of Google searching anyway.

Turns out the Ralston Purina Company is the original creator of Chex cereal and since they already referred to their pet food as “dog chow” and “cat chow” they called their cereal line “human chow”. But somehow that morphed into “puppy chow“. Fast forward to today and now General Mills owns Chex and sells pre-packaged “Muddy Buddies”. 

There, knowledge and a treat!

Puppy Chow Inspired Cookies

Two years ago: Mexican Brownies

Four years ago: No-Bake Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Pie

Six years ago: Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Eight years ago: Cake Batter Chocolate Bark

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Puppy Chow Cookies


Yield: 3 dozen
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 2-1/4 cups crispy rice cereal squares
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk, room temperature
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup puppy chow (you will have leftover)


  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. For the puppy chow: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat, add cereal and gently stir until coated.
  3. Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Set aside.
  4. For the cookies: Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended (1-2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended. Fold in the chips and puppy chow by hand.
  6. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into balls and place on a plate or tray, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours (or overnight for best results).
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats (or parchment paper); set aside.
  8. Place cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are barely golden. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  10. For the coating: In a shallow bowl, place the powdered sugar, set aside.
  11. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and peanut butter until smooth. Remove from heat.
  12. Using a pastry brush, coat cooled cookie on all sides with the chocolate mixture, then place in the bowl with the powdered sugar, turning to coat, knocking off excess before placing on a tray. Repeat with remaining cookies.


Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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Source: Adapted from my Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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ES November 27, 2022 - 3:54 pm

A tablespoon of vanilla sounds like a lot! Is that correct?

Erin November 28, 2022 - 10:53 am

A tablespoon is correct! But if preferred you can add less.

Amy (Savory Moments) October 7, 2020 - 12:15 pm

These look delicious! Just like one of our favorite chocolate chip snowballs, but with the bonus of peanut butter!

Erin October 8, 2020 - 10:21 am

That is a good comparison!

Rebecca October 3, 2020 - 11:13 pm

Oh this is my kind of cookie recipe.. I LOVE Puppy Chow so adding this to a cookie is the BEST of both worlds.

Karen October 1, 2020 - 8:54 pm

I’m worried about all of the affected businesses too from all of this. Your cookies do look like they’d cheer them up.

Nichole October 1, 2020 - 9:51 am

I haven’t made cookies in ages and now I really want these. I love that they’re coated too.

Erin October 1, 2020 - 3:06 pm

Oh you must try them! Worth the mess

Lauren September 4, 2020 - 2:06 pm

These look yummy. Can’t wait to try them out!

Erin September 4, 2020 - 2:49 pm

So good that you might need to distribute them in an effort to not devour them all (speaking from experience).

ronald vasicek September 4, 2020 - 8:46 am

Tyson should get some of these cookies.

Erin September 4, 2020 - 12:41 pm

I’m sure he would devour them but dogs can’t have chocolate!


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