Puppy Chow (also known as Muddy Buddies)

Every week I try to have some sort of snack item in the apartment. Mostly for me because I crave foods all too often and running to the store 20x a week isn’t practical, ya know? So this week while I was scrolling through, “Easy Cookies” on Pinterest I came across Puppy Chow. I had forgotten all about this chocolate-peanut butter-powdered sugary-chex mix goodness.

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There’s a lot of Puppy Chow Recipes floating around the internet these days. I found one that barely covered the Chex cereal. It was basically the cereal with a dusting of mixture. Not really my cup of tea. I just wanted the classic Puppy Chow that has tons of chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar.

It had been three years since I’ve had Puppy Chow. That’s just not okay. This needed to be fixed pronto. Luckily, we were going on our weekly grocery shopping run soon.

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I found what I was looking for over at Show Me The Yummy.

Puppy Chow Recipe:

  • 1 box Rice Chex (12.8oz)
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 Cup peanut butter (or an overflowing 3/4 cup..)
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2-5 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Pour the Chex into a very large bowl.
  2. Melt the butter, peanut butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Start with 60 seconds and then stir. If the chocolate isn’t fully melted yet continue microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between until chocolate is melted.
  3. Add the vanilla to the chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour the chocolate mix over the Chex. There’s multiple ways that you can stir it in. (stirring with a spatula, mixing in a clean garbage bag are some) I have fun memories of making Puppy Chow as a kid and mixing it with my hands. So, that’s how I do it and how I’ll teach our kiddos to do it.
  5. Lastly, pour in the powdered sugar. I didn’t even measure. Instead, I just kept pouring a bit in at a time and mixing it until I had the amount of powdered sugar I wanted. (which I must admit was a lot. I really like powdered sugar.)

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There you have it, the classic Puppy Chow recipe! Or Muddy Buddies. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious. And really hard to set down once you take a piece.

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Mrs.Hess, out.

Peanut Butter Cookies Drizzled with Chocolate & Peanut Butter

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How do you make a simple Peanut Butter Cookie better with little effort?

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By melting some chocolate and peanut butter and drizzling it over them. Really, it’s that simple and oh so creamy and delicious.

Let’s get right to the recipe:

Oven Temperature 350 degrees.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature.

1 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

For Drizzles:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 bar milk or dark chocolate

First, cream the butter and peanut butter together until creamy. Then mix in the sugars until the mixture turns fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix well.

Second, mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and then add it to the mixture until blended, making sure to not over beat it.

Third, roll into 1 tsp balls and then roll them into sugar. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Pull them out when they just begin to turn color on the edges. They continue to cook on the cooling rack, so make sure to move them onto the cooling rack not later than 1 minute after removing them from the oven.

As the cookies are cooling start to melt the chocolate and then use another pot to melt the peanut butter. I use the double broiler method.

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Pour each of them into separate bags and clip a tiny corner off.

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And then just drizzle away, starting with the chocolate first.

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Within 1-1.5 hours you can have a couple dozen of these delicious and beautiful cookies ready to take to a Potluck or BBQ.I hope that you, your friends and family enjoy them!

Mrs.Hess, out.

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

I recently came across this recipe for Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies and today I decided to try it out. The outcome was the best Peanut Butter Cookies that I’ve ever had. 

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 Seriously, these were so easy to make and are so darn delicious. 

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I’m eating one two three right now. They’re super addicting. Really, I need to stop eating them. It sure is a good thing that I didn’t make a resolution to eat less sweets. Not only would my blog suffer, but then I never would have made these cookies. 

Mrs.Hess, out.

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