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Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies Recipe

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A fun twist on a classic snack mix, Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies are a sweet treat that the whole family will enjoy! Ready in less than 20 minutes and made with simple ingredients, this tasty Oreo Chex Mix makes the perfect treat for lunch boxes, road trips, and camping adventures!

Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies in a jar with Oreos and Chex cereal around the side.

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If you’ve been on the site for a while you know I LOVE sweet snack mixes. They’re fast, easy, and undeniably irresistible. Set a big bowl of this stuff on the counter and you’ll be grabbing handfuls of the stuff everytime you walk by. With that being said, you can’t keep this stuff in the house fast enough! Be prepared to make this for you and the kids weekly.

Want more snack mix recipes? Check out my holiday versions like my sweet Easter Bunny Bait, Halloween Muddy Buddies, or my festive Christmas Puppy Chow. If you need a sweet treat after your kiddo’s birthday party, try my Unicorn Popcorn Snack Mix for a sweet magic treat.

Why You’ll Love This Cookies and Cream Version

  • No peanut butter. Unlike traditional Muddy Buddies, these Oreo Muddy Buddies are made without peanut butter. So everyone can enjoy them, and they’re safe for the kids to bring to school.
  • It’s quick to make! In about 20 minutes you can have a fun snack that everyone will love.
  • The perfect recipe for kids. This is a fun activity for the kids to help with. They’ll love shaking the bag and coating the cereal with chocolate and tiny crushed Oreos.
  • The best thing for Oreo Lovers. This recipe is a must for anyone who loves Oreo cookies.
  • Easy gift. A sweet Chex mix makes the perfect parting gift for any birthday party, holiday, or family gathering.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Oreo Puppy Chow
  • Chex Cereal– Any variety will work for this recipe.
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips – Simple and I always have them in my pantry
  • White Chocolate Chips – I like to use a name brand like Ghirardelli for my white chocolate chips. I find they melt easier.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Oreo Cookies – I use standard Oreo cookies but feel free to use your favorite flavor or double-stuffed if you prefer. You’ll need 12 cookies for coating the Chex cereal and 12 cookies to be chopped and added to the mix later.

See the recipe card for exact quantities.

Step by Step Instructions

Cereal divided between two resealable bags.

Step 1: Divide Chex cereal evenly into (2) one-gallon ziploc bags.

Crushed Oreo Crumbs in a food processor.

Step 2: Crush Oreos into fine crumbs by blending in a food processor for about 30 seconds or by placing the cookies into a resealable plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. 

melted white chocolate poured on cereal in a resealable bag.

Step 3: Melt the white chocolate either in the microwave or over a double boiler. Pour the white chocolate on top of the cereal into one of the bags. Shake the bag vigorously until all of the cereal is coated.

Overhead shot of powdered sugar added to the bag of chex cereal.

Step 4: Pour 1 cup of powdered sugar into the bag with the white chocolate Chex.

White chocolate chex cereal coated in powdered sugar in a bag.

Step 5: Shake again until evenly coated.

Melte chocolate poured over Chex cereal in a resealable bag.

Step 6: Melt the semi-sweet chocolate on the stove or in the microwave until smooth. Pour the chocolate on top of the cereal in the other bag and shake the bag vigorously until all of the cereal is coated.

Powdered sugar added to the chex cereal in a bag.

Step 7: . Add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar into the bag with the semisweet chocolate.

Oreo crumbs added to the chocolate Chex in a resealable bag.

Add the Oreo crumbs too!

Oreo and powdered sugar coated Chex cereal in a sealable bag.

Step 8: Shake again until the crumbs evenly coat the outside of the chocolate.

White chocolate and semisweet chocolate chex in a bowl.

Step 9: Pour both bags of cereal into a large bowl together or on a sheet pan.

Close up of cookies and cream puppy chow with chopped Oreos.

Step 10: Top with extra Oreos (roughly chopped), if desired.

A bowl of Cookies and Cream puppy chow.

Enjoy!

Recipe Notes: White chocolate chips can be finicky when melting, so I prefer to melt chips in a heatproof bowl set over steaming water to melt them gently. For semisweet chocolate chips, I just melt them in the microwave.

Substitutions

  • Gluten Free: Use corn or rice Chex cereal and gluten-free Oreo cookies to make a gluten free Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow.
  • Ziploc Bags: If you don’t have resealable bags, you can always use large mixing bowls topped with plastic wrap or lidded tupperware to shake up your muddy buddies.
Up close image of Muddy Buddies with Oreos.

Different Versions

  • Double Chocolate: Use all semisweet chocolate instead of white chocolate chips
  • Switch Up The Chocolate: Use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips in the place of semisweet if you prefer.
  • Add in candy- To make this sweet snack even sweeter, mix in cookies and cream chocolate pieces, mini marshmallows, or fudge covered Oreos. 
  • Play around with the Oreos– There are so many different variations of chocolate sandwich cookies, use your favorite flavor or any leftover Oreos you have in the pantry.

Equipment Needed

up close image of chex mix in a jar.

Storage

Store the Muddy Buddies in an airtight container or sealable bag at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks. These Oreo muddy buddies are also delicious when chilled, so if you’re like me, keep them in the fridge to make them extra delicious.

Top Tip

Melt the chocolate chips slowly. Whether you’re using the microwave or the double boiler method, melt the chips slowly (especially the white chocolate) so that they don’t seize up and burn.

FAQs

The Traditional version of muddy buddies are made with chex cereal, melted chocolate and peanut butter, and then tossed in powdered sugar. These Oreo Muddy Buddies are made from Chex cereal, melted white chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate, Oreo crumbs, and powdered sugar.

The name changes depending on who you ask, but Puppy Chow and classic Muddy Buddies are the same thing!

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Oreo Puppy Chow in a jar. Blue checked towel and extra Oreo cookies in the background.

Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies (Oreo Puppy Chow)

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies are fun and delicious snack mix the whole family will love!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 ½ cups Powdered Sugar, divided
  • 24 Oreos, divided

Instructions

  1. Divide the cereal evenly between two resealable bags or bowls with lids.
  2. Make the Oreo crumbs by adding 12 Oreo cookies to a food processor and process until they turn into fine crumbs, about 30 seconds. You can also crush the cookies in a resealable bag with a rolling pin. Set aside until needed.
  3. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of steaming water (double boiler). Once melted, pour the chocolate over the top of the cereal in one of the bags and shake the bag vigorously until all of the cereal is coated.
  4. Then pour 1 cup of powdered sugar into the bag with the white chocolate Chex and shake again until evenly coated. Set aside.
  5. Melt the semisweet chocolate in the microwave or using a double boiler. Once melted, pour the chocolate on top of the cereal in the other bag and shake the bag vigorously until all of the cereal is coated.
  6. Add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar and the Oreo crumbs to the bag with the semisweet chocolate and shake again until evenly coated.
  7. Pour both bags of cereal into a large bowl or onto a sheet pan together.
  8. Roughly chop 12 Oreos into big chunks and sprinkle on top of the Muddy Buddies. Mix and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g

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