Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow.

5 ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies.  Easy, addicting, and no-baking involved!  sallysbakingaddiction.com

When I like something, I have to make about 10 different versions of it.

Take my giant cookies for example.  I have 5 different kinds!  Or my skinny/healthy muffins.  I have tons of them!  Such is the same with puppy chow.  Or “Muddy Buddies” as most of you know it.  Whatever you call this snack mix, I think we can all agree it’s dangerously addictive and wonderful at the same time.

PS: puppy chow is NOT dog food. I’ve had to explain that to a few readers in the past. 😉

5 Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddy) Recipes. Cake Batter, Nutella, Peppermint Crunch, S'mores, and Butterscotch Peanut Butter.  Easy, no-bake, and addicting!

All of my favorite puppy chow/muddy buddy recipes:

1) Cupcake Puppy Chow (no cake mix needed!)
2) Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow (most addicting of them all, trust me.)
3) Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow (most popular recipe of 2012)
4) S’mores Puppy Chow (crazy good)
5) Today!

I’m a fool for puppy chow!  

5 ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies.  Easy, addicting, and no-baking involved!  sallysbakingaddiction.com

I made today’s version about two weeks ago. And I’ve been hiding it from you ever since!  Forgive me? I’ve made it twice since the first time I made it.  Friends couldn’t get enough of it!  And neither could I. If you’ve never tried the combination of peanut butter and butterscotch, you are really missing out.  Buttery, brown sugary, toffee-like butterscotch morsels mixed with rich, creamy, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth peanut butter.  It kind of tastes like a Butterfinger! Heaven on earth, I tell ya.

Just like all of my puppy chow recipes, today’s version requires no baking at all. That’s right, give your oven (and yourself!) a rest.  We are approaching summer after all.  There are a whopping 5 ingredients in this recipe.  Yes, five.  And you may just have them all in your pantry right now.

A generous amount of butterscotch morsels melted with creamy peanut butter, poured on top of Chex cereal and peanuts, and covered in a powdered sugar shower.  The most important thing to remember as you make this puppy chow is to carefully mix the peanut butter/butterscotch mixture with the cereal and peanuts.  You want to avoid crushing the cereal at all costs.  Make sure you have a nice big bowl to do the mixing or else your counter will be covered in butterscotch-y cereal.  Which doesn’t sound so bad. 😉

5 ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies.  Easy, addicting, and no-baking involved!  sallysbakingaddiction.com

This puppy chow is the epitome of salty/sweet.  The salty peanuts coated in the butterscotch and powdered sugar were my favorite part.  I may or may not have eaten all of the peanuts out before Kevin could try any when he got home from work. Yep, there I was… sitting on the couch, watching reruns of Friends, and picking out the peanuts.  He goes, “there are peanuts in this? Where?”


The puppy chow stays nice and crunchy for days. If it will last that long!  Does anyone else think that puppy chow should be illegal? For how easy it is to make and how addicting it is to eat – it should be a crime. Puppy Chow – sabotaging diets everywhere. Whatever, it’s so worth it!

I speak from experience when I say that “one bite” of today’s sweet/salty snack is not enough.  “One taste” is not enough.  “One small bowl” is not enough.  Heck, even a huge bowl is not enough. Trust me, you will NOT be able to put this stuff down.

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Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

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Yield: 6-7 cups


  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 and 1/2 cups butterscotch morsels
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


Pour the Chex cereal and peanuts into a large bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butterscotch morsels and peanut butter on low heat. Constantly stir to avoid the butterscotch morsels from burning. Once completely melted, remove pan from heat.

Pour mixture over the cereal. Carefully fold until each piece is covered in the melted peanut butter/butterscotch mixture. Pour confectioners' sugar into a large zipped-top bag. Add the coated cereal, seal, and shake everything together for at least 60 seconds to ensure each piece/chunk is coated with confectioners' sugar.

Allow to cool and enjoy! Puppy chow is good up to 1 week at room temperature, but trust me - it won't last that long.

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If you love butterscotch and peanut butter together, make sure you check these out:

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Soft-Baked Reese's Pieces Butterscotch Cookies


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93 Responses to “Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow.”

  1. #
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchenposted June 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I love the idea of butterscotch and peanut butter together! I’d probably go through and pick out all the peanuts too, haha!


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    Shelbyposted June 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    This looks amazing Sally! But I don’t know what can beat the Nutella puppy chow! I’ll have to try this and see! 😉


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    Amyposted June 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I’m the same way! When I come up with a good recipe, I need to put 27 different twists on it. And each one gets better than the last! (I just did that with cookies I’ll be posting tomorrow… I used your cornstarch and shape-the-dough-tall tricks to keep them soft — AMAZING!!!)

    We only ate puppy chow at our baby-sitter’s house growing up. Something about too much powdered sugar for my mom to make it… But boy, it looks like I was really missing out!!


    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2013 at 9:02 am

      I can’t wait to see your cookies, Amy!


      • Amyreplied on June 9th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        I wish I could hand you one straight through the computer. Technology just hasn’t quite gotten there yet!

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    Yvonne @ bitter bakerposted June 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I seriously need to make this! Perfect for munching and Friends watching!


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    Laura Dembowskiposted June 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    You can never have enough versions of puppy chow! I have never made ut with butterscotch but now I’ll have to try it. I always pick out the clumps that have extra pb on them.


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    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!posted June 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Love this recipe! Easy and yummy….right up my alley. This will be perfect for our next movie night!


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    angela @ another bite pleaseposted June 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    sally you could make 20 different kinds of this and I would love them all…totally loved the cake batter and yes addicted to the nutella verison…and can’t wait to try this verision when we go up north with family this weekend. everyone loves puppy chow!


    • Sallyreplied on June 11th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I hope everyone loves this version, Angela! It’s a new favorite! Safe travels 🙂


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted June 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    You. Are. Crazy. But I love you dearly for it! I’m so glad we have a twin affinity for butterscotch. Isn’t it the best?! I can’t wait for another girl’s night with my sister; I’m totally going to make this for us since she, quite possibly, may be the biggest butterscotch lover in all the land.


    • Sallyreplied on June 13th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      I’d love to meet your sister – we’d have a lot of butterscotch to bond over!! Love the stuff too Hayley – she would love this puppy chow!! xo


  9. #
    Nutmeg Nannyposted June 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I love puppy chow! This looks amazing 🙂


  10. #
    Destinyposted June 14, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Love,Love Puppy Chow! I have a question. How are you storing the leftovers? I have noticed if I store it in the fridge it gets stale tasting.


    • Sallyreplied on June 14th, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Destiny, I always store at room temperature to maintain crunchiness.


  11. #
    Jillposted July 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    YUM! I love peanut anything and butterscotch makes it even better. I just made my first batch and I know there will be many more in the future. I used just 6 cups of cereal and added 1 cup of mini marshmallows (I add marshmallows to anything I can just because I love them). When you eat a handful that contains the cereal, nuts and mallows, it has a salted nut roll-ish taste!


    • Sallyreplied on July 21st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Jill, I am LOVING your idea! I have to try it the next time I make this. Thank you so much for sharing!


    • Kaitlynreplied on November 27th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      i wish i would have seen this earlier! marshmallows added to this sounds delicious!


  12. #
    Kyle Mposted July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I love your Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow recipe!!! I’m addicted to peanut butter, I practically put it on everything. This is my new favorite snack. As a fellow blogger I have to give you props, your photos came out amazing!


    • Sallyreplied on July 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks so much Kyle! I’m so glad you love this puppy chow. It is the best!


  13. #
    Sarahposted November 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Sally, when you say not to use natural style peanut butter, why is that?


    • Sallyreplied on November 20th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      I do not recommend using natural, oily peanut butter for this recipe. While I love eating it, it’s not ideal for melting down with butterscotch chips and coating cereal. Unfortunately, the processed kind is better for this recipe. Thanks!


  14. #
    Kaitlynposted November 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    made this today! never made muddy buddies before, so i had no idea what i was getting myself into! lol. getting the mix coated without breaking the pieces was a bit difficult, then covered the mix with the powdered sugar was even more difficult for me! i think i should have put the sugar in two separate baggies and split the mix in half to mix up.. wasn’t enough room in one baggie for the entire mix to get coated. anyway, they still turned out delicious! thanks for the recipe 🙂


  15. #
    Krisposted December 24, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Yet another perfect recipe! I don’t have much time to prefect my own recipes but thankfully i can always find what I’m looking for here. The best part is they come out perfect every time!


  16. #
    Michelleposted December 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Sally! I cannot wait to try this butterscotch and peanut butter Combo! I would like to make this for a party I’m going to, which is peanut free. Can I just omit the peanut butter in this recipe, maybe add extra butterscotch chips? What do you think?

    I was also thinking of doing half the batch with crushed Oreos. I love butterscotch/Oreo combo!


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    Shaylaposted September 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hi! The recipe seems to be missing! Is it just me/my computer? I’m feeling quite anxious to give these a try!!


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Sorry about that Shayla. It was some sort of coding issue – just fixed it.


  18. #
    Pixieposted November 20, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I love your Oreo cheese cake balls. I’m planning all of the flavors I can make using Golden Oreos and powdered freeze dried fruit, I get these a Trader Joes! I want to sprinkle the crushed matching fruit on top!! My extended family will hate/love me for these!!


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