Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Or try my cupcake puppy chow.

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

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!

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!

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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More puppy chow variations to try:

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

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


  1. Pour the Chex cereal and peanuts into a large bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  1. I love the warmth that butterscotch brings to a flavor mix. Like all of your chex mix treats, this sounds addictive. My son and 3 friends are going on a long road trip next week. I think 2 bags of this may be required! 🙂

  2. Pinning! I love anything with butterscotch

  3. I’ve never had puppy chow, but between you and Dorothy from crazyforcrust I’ve seen so many delicious looking recipes for it. This one would definitely be the first I would try. I love peanut butter, butterscotch, and salty sweet!

  4. Oh, girl…this is “lethal”, I tell you! Sally, your Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow recipe concept is out-of-this-world dangerous! Peeps will need a 12-step program to save them from the addictive nature! Hahaha! With the butterscotch and peanut butter and salty/sweet combos? I am a goner! Fabulous recipe and I see it going viral from now until Christmas and forever more after that, LOL! Thanks for sharing! Pinning tonight! xo

  5. LOVE this combo! And puppy chow! One of my favorite snacks! We’re going to go crazy over this flavor!

  6. I’ve yet to try puppy chow but it looks awesome!

  7. I love that you create so many versions of things that you like – that way I get to try them all!

    Oh and don’t judge me but I thought puppy chow was dog food for the longest time – this is what happens when you grow up in a VERY traditional korean family!

  8. You make the best puppy chow recipes, Sally! I am loving the butterscotch!!

  9. Wonderful variation! I love your creativity with all these Puppy Chow versions…and I can’t believe that you actually have to tell readers that it isn’t *really* puppy chow. 😉 I think honey-roasted peanuts would be fabulous in this…and maybe one of the special Chex flavors, too, just to add another layer of flavor. Not that it needs it, I’m sure! 😀

  10. I imagine this puppy chow tasting like a Butterfinger candy bar which makes me imagine myself eating an entire batch of it without stopping! Great combination Sally!

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

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

  13. 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!!

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

    • 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

  19. I love puppy chow! This looks amazing 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

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

    • 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!

  24. 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 🙂

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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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