Cookie Butter Puppy Chow

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Cookie Butter Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies or Muddy Munch is the perfect snack for parties, hang outs, sweet addition to a sack lunch, or even for a delicious cookie box filler! Unfortunately, most recipes for puppy chow are made with peanut butter, myself and so many people are allergic to peanuts and other nut butters. So, I used my own personal favorite butter for this recipe. Cookie butter or Biscoff/Speculoos butter.

I personally love this snack (really dessert) as a treat for gatherings. But it really is great for movie snacking. Place it in a big bowl with a spoon for serving, small bowls for individual servings. You could even make a station with this puppy chow and add little bowls for add-ins like chocolate chips, sprinkles, extra Biscoff cookies, candies, etc. so everyone can customize their own bowls.

Now, muddy buddies are usually gluten free because of the fact that you use a nut butter and Chex (rice or corn), which makes it gluten free. However, Cookie Butter is made with cookies and gluten is found in this. You could make your own gluten-free version of cookie butter for this if you wish or you could swap out for a nut butter. The flavors of course will be changed.

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cookie butter puppy chow in bowl in tupperware
cookie butter puppy chow in tupperware

Cookie butter is basically a spreadable speculoos cookie. Speculoos are spiced cookies from the Netherlands and Belgium. They are spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and other wintery flavors. The actual cookie butter is ground up speculoos cookies with butter, and of course extra sugar (some recipes of course have extra ingredients).

Cookie butter is the name you can find at Trader Joe’s. But you can also find Speculoos spreads in other stores and brands. One very similar is Biscoff’s Cookie Butter. This is usually eaten on a snack board for dipping, used for recipes, or you know…eating by itself.

Puppy Chow Recipe

Like I said above, most Puppy Chow recipes are made with peanut butter (or alternative). But they are also made with Chex cereal (rice or corn), chocolate, vanilla, butter, powdered sugar. I’ve made a version with chocolate that doesn’t include peanut butter: Puppy Chow without Nuts. This recipe though is made with Cookie Butter instead and no chocolate.

cookie butter puppy chow in bowl
cookie butter puppy chow in bowl with decor

Puppy Chow with Biscoff Spread

So, because this recipe is made with Speculoos spread I decided to keep it true to the flavors of that instead of adding in chocolate. I went with a browned butter for this recipe too to add a bit of extra flavor. We have browned butter, cookie butter, Chex (rice version), vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. It’s quite simple, but so flavorful. Also, a great recipe for those who don’t consider themselves a baker.

How to Brown Butter

Using a small saucepan, add your butter, and turn the burner onto a medium heat. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, occasionally stir the butter until it completely melts. This will take a few minutes. Then stir pretty consistently as the butter slowly starts to brown. You’ll see little brown flecks start to form on the bottom of the pan. You’ll scrape those up and just keep stirring. The butter will be brown with plenty of flecks, but not burning. The whole process should take about 5-10 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

Can You Store Puppy Chow?

Yes, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for about 1-2 weeks. If you need, you can also add a little extra powdered sugar to them, shake it in the container, and serve.

cookie butter puppy chow in bowl

Trader Joes Muddy Buddies Ingredients

  • unsalted butter
  • cookie butter
  • vanilla extract
  • kosher salt
  • rice Chex
  • powdered sugar
  • sprinkles, optional

Muddy Buddy Instructions

  1. In a small pan brown your butter. You’ll do this by melting down the butter for 5-10 minutes. Stir fairly consistently. You’ll see little brown flecks begins to form on the bottom of the pan, scrape those up. Keep stirring.
  2. Add in cookie butter and mix until melted down. Add in vanilla and salt and mix.
  3. Pour Chex cereal into a large, heat resistant bowl (metal or glass). Pour the cookie butter mixture on top of the Chex and stir with a large spoon.
  4. Add in the powdered sugar and mix until coated. I like to move this mixture into a very large Tupperware, add any remaining powdered sugar (or extra), and shake to fully coat. You can always add more powdered sugar than called for to get the coating even whiter. Now you can add sprinkles if you’d like.
  5. You can leave in the Tupperware or pour mixture out onto a parchment sheet lined baking sheet to let cool and dry.
  6. Pour into a bowl for serving and enjoy!

This Cookie Butter Puppy Chow was originally made for this Holiday Cookie Box I put together in collaboration with Lauren Conrad Co. I wanted a good mix of cookies and treats. You can of course add in store-bought baked goods too if you don’t like baking or have a LOT of boxes to make. Below you’ll find some of my favorite recipes for this cookie box.

Other Recipes to Try

FAQs on Nut-Free Puppy Chow

Can this be made gluten-free?

Yes, you’ll need gluten-free cookie butter, which you can google and find fairly easily.

Can I make this with peanut butter or sunflower butter?

Yes, of course. It will then not be the same cookie butter puppy chow and the flavors will change. But the texture/end result will be similar for looks, etc.

close up cookie butter puppy chow in bowl
cookie butter puppy chow in bowl
cookie butter puppy chow in bowl

Cookie Butter Puppy Chow

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Author: Amanda Wilens

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cup cookie butter 14 oz jar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 box rice Chex about 9 cups (12 oz)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted, may need up to ½ cup more to fully coat
  • ¼ cup sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • In a small pan brown your butter. You’ll do this by melting down the butter for 5-10 minutes. Stir fairly consistently. You’ll see little brown flecks begins to form on the bottom of the pan, scrape those up. Keep stirring.
  • Add in cookie butter and mix until melted down. Add in vanilla and salt and mix.
  • Pour Chex cereal into a large, heat resistant bowl (metal or glass). Pour the cookie butter mixture on top of the Chex and stir with a large spoon.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and mix until coated. I like to move this mixture into a very large Tupperware, add any remaining powdered sugar (or extra), and shake to fully coat. You can always add more powdered sugar than called for to get the coating even whiter. Now you can add sprinkles if you’d like.
  • You can leave in the Tupperware or pour mixture out onto a parchment sheet lined baking sheet to let cool and dry.
  • Pour into a bowl for serving and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cookie Butter: this recipe is made with cookie butter. You definitely can use a nut or sunflower seed butter if you prefer. But the delicious flavors definitely come from the brown butter and butters. 
  • Browning Butter: Melt the butter until completely melted. Then keep stirring as the butter browns…from melted, to dark golden, to a brown and nutty fragranced mixture. This usually takes about 4-6 minutes. You don’t want it to burn, so keep a close eye on it. Remove from heat and let cool, I usually like to stick it in the fridge for just 4-6 minutes.
  • Using unsalted butter: You can use salted butter, but just make sure to omit the added salt later. You usually want to use unsalted butter when baking or cooking as you’ll have an easier time measuring and controlling salt content. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 130mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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