Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow

Made from simple ingredients like Chex cereal, Oreo cookies, chocolate, and powdered sugar, this Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies) is as easy to make as it is irresistible. Enjoy a white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate version in one!

cookies and cream puppy chow

Let’s make a fun variation of puppy chow! But first thing’s first…

Puppy Chow = Muddy Buddies

I receive a lot of confused questions about this! Depending where you live, this Chex cereal snack mix can be called Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies. I grew up calling it puppy chow. But no, this is not dog food! Originally made with peanut butter and chocolate, this Oreo cookie variation is totally irresistible. (And again, for humans!)

I also have 2 holiday versions: Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow and Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

cookies and cream puppy chow

This Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow:

  • Is totally kid-friendly (obviously!)
  • Comes together in about 10 minutes
  • Is instant dessert craving gratification
  • Requires only 6 ingredients
  • Is crunchy, sweet, and massively irresistible

For the pictured two-toned cookies and cream puppy chow (one “cookies” and one “cream”), you’re essentially making two types of puppy chow. The “cream” version is white and made with white chocolate, while the “cookies” version is brown and made with semi-sweet chocolate. You can, of course, just make an all-white chocolate or all-regular chocolate version. See recipe notes for details.

Let’s Make It

  1. Crush Oreo cookies. Grind 8 Oreo cookies into a fine crumb. A food processor or blender is best, but you can crush Oreos by hand. Place them in a large zipped-top bag and crush the heck out of them using a rolling pin. Careful not to pierce the bag open.
  2. Divide Oreo crumbs between two bags or sealable containers. Add confectioners’ sugar to each.
  3. Divide cereal between two large mixing bowls. Remember, we’re essentially making two types of muddy buddies!
  4. Melt chocolates. You need semi-sweet and white chocolates. It’s best to use pure baking chocolate bars such as Baker’s or Ghirardelli brand, but chocolate chips and white chocolate chips work in a pinch. I always melt these chocolates down with a little vegetable oil to thin them out. You can melt them in the microwave. Gently stir to coat.
  5. Place cereals into bags. Spoon/pour the coated cereals into the prepared bags or sealable containers. Seal shut.
  6. Shake to coat in the Oreo crumbs/confectioners’ sugar.

Kids love helping with this last step. They also love eating this stuff (obviously), but I can’t guarantee Oreo-loving adults won’t hoard it all. It’s incredibly sweet and fun– and that’s exactly what dessert should be!

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cookies and cream puppy chow

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cookies and cream puppy chow

Cookies ‘n Cream Puppy Chow

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Made from simple ingredients like Chex cereal, Oreos, and chocolate, this Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies) is as easy as it is irresistible.


Cookies Puppy Chow

  • 4 Oreos
  • 2/3 cup (80g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 cups (80g) Rice Chex cereal
  • 6 ounces (170g) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or 1 cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Cream Puppy Chow

  • 4 Oreos
  • 2/3 cup (80g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 cups (80g) Rice Chex cereal
  • 6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, chopped (or 1 cup white chocolate chips)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Preliminary Note: You are essentially making two types of puppy chow– one “cookies” version and one “cream” version. Same ingredients for both, as listed above, but one uses semi-sweet chocolate while the other uses white chocolate. See recipe note if you only want to use 1 type of chocolate.
  2. Begin by crushing all 8 of the Oreos into a fine crumb using a blender or food processor. Add half of the Oreos to one large zipped-top bag or large sealable container and half of the Oreos into a 2nd large zipped-top bag or sealable container. Add 2/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar to each. Set aside.
  3. Set out two large bowls. One for the “cookies” version and one for the “cream” version. Pour three cups of Chex cereal into each bowl. Set aside.
  4. Set out two small heat-proof bowls. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon oil together in one bowl using the microwave. Melt in 20 second increments, stirring after each until melted. Repeat with white chocolate and another 1 teaspoon oil in a separate bowl.
  5. Pour semi-sweet chocolate over 1 bowl of cereal and white chocolate over the second bowl of cereal. Stir gently to coat each. You do not want to break the cereal up. Pour the mixtures into the reserved zipped-top bags/containers. Seal the bags/containers and shake until all the cereal is coated with the sugar/Oreo mixtures. Discard excess powder.
  6. Discard any excess confectioners’ sugar. Store at room temperature up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, if it lasts that long!


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: This snack mix can be prepped a week ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. You can also prepare and freeze this snack mix for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving.
  2. Best Chocolate to Use: Use 4-ounce semi-sweet and white chocolate baking bars, such as Bakers or Ghirardelli brands, found in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips. (You will need 1.5 of them to yield 6 ounces each.) You can use chocolate chips in a pinch, but you may need a little more than 1 teaspoon of oil to smoothly melt each down.
  3. Want to use all 1 type of chocolate instead? Use 12 ounces (three 4-ounce bars) of semi-sweet or white chocolate. Or about 2 cups of semi-sweet or white chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate with 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Remaining ingredient amounts and the instructions are the same (8 Oreos, 1 and 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar, 6 cups cereal), but there is no need for two separate bowls or sealable containers since you’re only making 1 kind.

Keywords: cookies n cream puppy chow, oreo puppy chow


  1. White chocolate and cookies/cream anything are my weaknesses. Just the picture did it for me.. I jumped in the car to the grocery store before even reading this entire post. I usually use a make shift double boiler to melt the chocolate.. What if I don’t have shortening to melt with the chocolate.. Can I melt it on its own in the microwave or should I add some butter?

    1. Hi Sarah – you can melt it on its own, but it will not be thinned out and could be too thick to mix with the cereal. You could try a teaspoon of butter or even coconut oil.

  2. Yes, I’m voting that puppy chow should be illegal…every time I make it, I basically eat the entire batch myself. 😉 And this version? Holy smokes, I love it, Sally!

  3. I love puppy chow so much. I just made some today and I’m sitting on my hands to not devour the entire bag! I am in love with this version Sally!

  4. Puppy chow is the best! I’ve only made it once before but I’m sure that’ll change very soon. I could seriously just munch on these all day!

  5. Just finished making this for my daughter to take to her friend’s house for movie night—–amazing!!! I am so glad I’m getting it out of the house because I could easily eat the entire bowl! Keep the puppy chow recipes coming; we’ll never tire of it in our home:))

    1. So happy you love this, Jeannine! And perfect for kids, too. It’s dangerously addicting. I need to get it out of the house too!

  6. This looks incredible! I’m constantly amazed at all the different flavors you think to make out of puppy chow- you’re like how Averie is with peanut butter!

  7. I love that you did a chocolate version and a cream version – when I made them I only did the white one and they were sooo good but I need to try them your way next time!

  8. Hi Sally! Thank you so much for this blog; I know you must put a lot of hard work into it! I’ve been baking like a fiend lately–and all recipes from your website! Can’t tell you how thrilled my family has been to eat everything. Your chocolate chip cookie recipe is my new favorite 🙂 🙂 And my parents LOVED the super crumb coffee cake on a lazy Saturday! It was gone by noon!

    Anyway, I am a huge fan of puppy chow and cookies ‘n cream, so I will be making this recipe very soon 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes!

    1. Katie, I’m so glad that you love my website and all the recipes so far! That crumb cake is my favorite breakfast. One of them at least! Thank you so much for your kind words and reporting back to me!

  9. The cream ones remind me of those white chocolate fudge oreos!! I used to be (well, still am…who am I kidding?) obsessed with those, and whenever they came out around the holidays, I would end up eating an entire bag in…well, not a very long period of time. These would be so dangerous in my house!

  10. I saw Chex Mix cookies and cream muddy buddys today while I was in Target and immediately thought of you and this recipe…I was so tempted to buy it, but then decided against it and will make my own instead 🙂

    1. Lola, it’s not boring at all! Traditional puppy chow is incredible. Here’s the recipe I use:

  11. Hey Sally! I absoluely love your recipies and I’ve been dying to try your puppy chows but I live in Spain and we don’t have chex cereal (or Cripix). Do you think it could work with Golden Grahams?

    1. Hey Georgia! Yes, golden grahams would be just fine. In fact, I use golden grahams in this puppy chow recipe (it’s a favorite!):

  12. Hey, Sally! I wanted to let you know that the formatting on this recipe looks a little messed up. I don’t think it would be a browser issue or anything since none of your others look weird to me. Part of it looks like this:

    !Cookies Puppy Chow
    6 oz semi-sweet chocolate squares _(or chocolate chips)_

    !Cream Puppy Chow
    6 oz white chocolate squares _(or white chocolate chips)_

    1. Oh goodness! Thanks for letting me know Michelle. I’ve recently reformatted my recipes. So I was unaware this one looked funky. Thanks so much!

  13. Hi Sally,

    When you crush Oreo cookies for your recipe such as this puppy chow or the skinny cookie and cream smoothie, do you crush the icing part of the cookie as well? Also, do you have any idea if I can freeze Oreo cookies to save for use in future recipes?

  14. Just made these! These are fantastic! My boyfriend loves them, and that’s saying something bc he does not like sweets. Great recipe Sal!

  15. Love the cookies and cream idea! I’ve made peanut butter ones for gifts before but it was called “people chow”. I really need to try this version.

  16. Hello Sally! Can we use something else for the shortening in the Chex munchies? Like butter? Thank you

    PS: I’m Canadian from Montreal and I’ve been using your recipes in my family for years now. You are amazing. Real butter. Real cream. Real everything. That’s what REAL pastry is all about :)))

  17. I’m not seeing a difference between the “cookie” recipe and the “cream” recipe. You mention to mix the two together, are you just doubling the recipe and then adding the chopped oreos?

  18. Sally,
    This may be a silly question but I was wondering why you don’t mix both Chex mixes in the same bag when you’ve completed Recipes?


    1. Hi Judy! Simply because you don’t want the wet chocolate and wet white chocolate don’t mix. But it doesn’t make a HUGE difference if you want to shake it all up in 1 bag.

  19. Um so excuse me for living under a rock but I only just discovered puppy chow and I think it needs to be added to our essential food groups lol. SO good. and coming from Australia i couldn’t buy butterscotch morsels so I used white chocolate instead. I have no idea what chocolate you use in USA but if you use Cadbury over here, once you melt it, it never seems to set a firm as it was buuuttt I’ve discovered Coles brand white choc melts set PERFECTLY firm again once you’ve melted it.. so ur puppy chow looks pretty hehe. I’m moving on to try all versions of this its my life mission. THANK YOU SALLY xx.

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