Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

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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More puppy chow variations to try:


Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-7 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


An easy recipe for butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow or muddy buddies. Easy and no-bake!


  • 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.

Keywords: butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow, butterscotch puppy chow


  1. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    Looks like another fun treat for a party (of 2)! LOL. Have a great weekend, Sally! 🙂

    1. Hope you have a great weekend too Eva!

  2. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} says:

    Yes, I agree, puppy chow/muddy buddies should be illegal! It’s definitely one of those snacks where you say to yourself, “just one more handful” and before you know it the whole bowl is gone!

    I saw a cookies and cream version at the store the other day, can’t remember which company it was now, but I bet that would be killer as well.

    Have a great weekend Sally!

    1. Cookies n cream – I have to try that Anna! Or find it at the store. Have a great weekend, too!

  3. So fun and crazy addicting! This stuff looks like trouble!!
    I love all your puppy chow recipes and have made the Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow multiple times. My family LOVES it!!
    Must make this new one. I mean butterscotch and peanut butter! That HAS to be so good!

    1. Looks like trouble! Ha, you can say that again Tieghan. I nearly ate it all within an embarssingly short amount of time!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I cannot even make this stuff b/c I know I would eat the whole thing! Butterscotch and PB is like…the best combo ever. I put some butterscotch-PB cookies in my cookbook and try to use butterscotch every chance I get. I love it! And with PB….and the crunchy factor. Oh, this is epic, Sally 🙂

  5. Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    I need to get on this puppy chow train, like, STAT.

  6. Yum! I was looking for a new recipe to try with my niece, this is perfect. Thanks Sally!

  7. I can’t have chocolate but I love puppy chow! I’ve made puppy chow with carob instead of chocolate… delicious, but not the same. I am SO excited to try your butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow!!! You have just made my day, Sally! 🙂

    1. How perfect – this is perfect for those who don’t like or can’t have chocolate! Let me know if you make it, Jessa!

  8. Love all of your puppy chow variations! This butterscotch peanut butter combo needs to be the next one I try!

  9. Gloria @ Simply Gloria says:

    Funny about the reruns of Friends…my teen son has it on all the time!
    This scrumptious treat is pretty creative, Sally! I could find myself munching on this while I’m driving or something and not even notice how much I’ve eaten! Love it…and the combo of PB and butterscotch! Pinning.

    1. I’m watching it right now! lol. Thanks for pinning, Gloria. I don’t even realize that I’m munching away on it!

  10. Jess @ The Dreaming Foodie says:

    Oh man, I am a sucker for anything butterscotch and anything peanut butter. Putting them together could definitely mean delicious trouble!

  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    You are a puppy chow pro! I see nothing wrong with making many versions of something when you like it!

  12. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    ahhhhhh puppy chow is just so goood! I love all your different versions and this is no exception!

  13. Butterscotch and peanut butter is such a great combo, but I have a confession…I’ve never had puppy chow! I gotta try it some time soon.

    1. Marcie! You have to try puppy chow. Stop what you are doing right now and go make some 😀

  14. Wow… I’m drooling at my computer. This looks amazing. And 5 ingredients? Winning! I’m moving for 6 months soon (to scorching hot Arizona) and I just might have to make this for my new roommate since I won’t have to turn on the oven. 🙂

    1. Arizona! Wow… Erin, have so much fun there! And yes, very hot I’m sure. And this is the perfect recipe in hot weather.

  15. Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    Looks delicious.. This wouldn’t last too long in our house.. looks addicting.

  16. I would have eaten the whole batch before getting around to sharing it with friends I am sure. This would be my favorite version so far of your puppy chow. YUM.

    1. You have to give it a try, Holly! And I’m surprised that this batch lasted long enough to take photos of it!

  17. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen says:

    I still have to jump on the puppy chow train…never made it! I think this one would be an awesome one to start with though. Butterscotch AND peanut butter? Yes please!!

    1. Katy! You must stop what you’re doing right now and make puppy chow! It’s so easy and SOO addicting. Trust me, you’ll love it! Any flavor.

  18. Is there a cookie butter puppy chow in the works?? …. I’m just sayin….

    1. I like your idea, Katie! 😀

  19. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says:

    Love this flavor combo! Reminds me of butterscotch hay stacks around Christmas time 🙂 Also, too funny that some people get so upset about the names of things. Who would feed this to a puppy? lol

    1. Yes! butterscotch haystacks. Exactly like those! And people actually thought these recipes were dog food. No lie!

  20. Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic says:

    Yum! I love all of your different interpretations of puppy chow – very creative!

  21. I am a sucker for butterscotch! These types of snacks are the kind where you can just keep popping some in your mouth as you pass by the bowl on the counter and then realize you have eaten the whole thing!!

    1. Accidentally eating the whole thing…. yeah I’ve done that!

  22. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter says:

    Oh, this looks like a perfect way to occupy my son and he can immediately enjoy a yummy snack after helping me make this ! Love this combination of butterscotch and peanut butter Sally:)

  23. mmm Nutella puppy chow is the best!

  24. Megan @ For the Love of Cookies says:

    I first learned it called monkey munch which also seems to baffle people lol. But it is definitely so addicting – I usually end up with the whole bowl in front of me so I don’t have to keep getting up to get more! I don’t know where you come up with these ideas but keep them coming – I absolutely love butterscotch but never thought of making puppy chow with it! I love this!

  25. Reba - Not So Perfect Life says:

    don’t make me turn this recipe vegan again!!!! I love your puppy chow recipes! BTW why no wedding update post?

    1. Hi Reba! There have not been any updates since my last post. But thanks for asking! And I don’t share many details on my baking blog anyway.

  26. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life says:

    I discovered how much I like both butterscotch and puppy chow when I made some like this, but added pretzels and popcorn. Wow, getting a handful leads up an empty bowl really fast! Peanut butter is so versatile, butterscotch, white chocolate – and puppy chow!

    1. Love the pretzels and popcorn idea, Mary Frances! So many textures and flavors. Yum!

  27. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    You had me at butterscotch, but I bet those salty peanuts are the kicker–butterscotch is amazing (my favorite), but so sweet that I bet the saltiness gives way more depth of flavor and makes the butterscotch even better! I want a big handful, like 5 minutes ago.

    1. Yes! The peanuts really make this recipe perfect – balances out all the sweet!

  28. Chex cereal now comes in VANILLA! I have yet to try it, though based on all of the other flavors it cannot be a disappointment 😉

    1. I haven’t tried that yet! Sounds great.

  29. LOOOVe this… keep seeing it, but havn’t made it yet

  30. 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! 🙂

    1. Two bags will definitely be required! Hope they all enjoy.

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