Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies Snack Recipe {Puppy Chow}

Looking for a snack that makes the whole family smile? This Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies recipe is just what you need. Sweet cinnamon muddy buddies with a little extra help from Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal!

Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies. These are so good you won't be able to stop snacking!!

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I have a confession. I am a cereal hoarder. At any time you can open my pantry and you will see at least a dozen different types of cereal, some open, some not.

I blame my parents for this. Actually, I blame my brothers for this.

Growing up as the only girl with 3 brothers, food came and went quickly at our house.

My mom would walk in the door with bags of groceries, and within minutes there were a dozen empty Little Debbie wrappers, cheese wrappers (remember the Kraft cheese that came individually wrapped, I lived on it), and open boxes of cereal.

Usually it seemed my mom would buy 2 or 3 big boxes of boring cereal (corn flakes, cheerios, rice krispies) and one box of FUN cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, and my favorite…Golden Grahams).

Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies. These are so good you won't be able to stop snacking!!

My brothers never opened a box of cereal and ate a normal size bowl. They would find the biggest tupperware mixing bowl and eat out of that (sorry Ty, Chris and Jeff for exposing your eating habits to all my readers). Imagine the three of them eating cereal for breakfast, one bowl each and the box was gone.

So I did what any smart girl would do, I would grab the “FUN” box and hide it in my room. When the moment was right, I would enjoy my cereal in peace and quiet, and not worry about it being gone before I ever had a chance.

This began my cereal hoarding.

Last month I cleaned out my pantry. And found a lot of cereal. Mostly half open boxes of Chex mix and Rice Krispies. Every time I go to make Rice Krispie Treats or Muddy Buddies I buy new boxes, forgetting if I have any at home.

Hence, LOTS of open cereal. So I did what any girl would do…I made Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies! (or Puppy Chow, whatever you like to call it).

I wanted to make something Churro like. You know, for Cinco de Mayo. Which basically means I added a bunch of cinnamon to the melted vanilla bark. And tossed in some Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal for an even bigger cinnamon kick!

And then I actually shared it with my kids. And now I’m sharing the easy recipe with you!

Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies. These are so good you won't be able to stop snacking!!

How to make Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies

In a microwave safe glass bowl, add vanilla candy coating. I love using Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers! Melt until smooth (according to package directions).

Once smooth, stir in cinnamon and mix until blended.

In a large mixing bowl, combine Rice Chex cereal with melted white chocolate. Stir until completely coated.

Toss with powdered sugar and cinnamon. You can do this in the bowl or in a large ziploc bag. Once mixed, add in the extra Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal.

Store in airtight container for up to one week.


Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies. These are so good you won't be able to stop snacking!!

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Yield: 9 cups

Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies

Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies packed with white chocolate, cinnamon, and sweet Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal.


  • 8 cup Rice Chex cereal
  • 16oz Vanilla Candiquik
  • 4 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal


  1. Melt Candiquik (or other vanilla candy coating) in microwave according to package directions.
  2. Stir in 3 tsp cinnamon until blended. In a large mixing bowl, combine Rice Chex cereal with melted candiquik. Stir until coated completely.
  3. In a large gallon size ziploc bag, add powdered sugar with remaining 1 tsp cinnamon. Close bag and shake to combine.
  4. Add vanilla coated cereal mix to bag, zip closed and shake! Make sure all the cereal has been covered. Add Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
  5. Store in airtight container for up to one week. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 113mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 28, 2014

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46 comments on “Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies Snack Recipe {Puppy Chow}”

  1. Laughing so hard that cereals scene, because the exact same thing would happen at my house. I have two sisters, so I can’t even imagine how intense it would be with brothers!

  2. True story. I think it happened in every house! Love how you hid it in your room.

  3. Muddy buddies have always been one of my favorite snacks! I love this version. So addictive!

  4. Oh my goodness! Can I have some for breakfast? After all, it is made with cereal!

  5. These would be totally dangerous here…we eat cereal without milk by the HANDFUL — Cinnamon Toast Crunch is particular. Yum!!

  6. Cereal hoarder speaking – I love to eat it by the handful for snacks! I am forever indebted to the creator of Muddy Buddies. My family will be forever indebted to you for creating a snickerdoodle versoin!

  7. My boys will love these! And I can TOTALLY relate to your cereal hoarding! I grew up in a huge family and when a box was bought, it was gone within a day. And Golden Grahams? My fav to this day.

  8. Loving these muddy buddies! And Cinnamon Crunch – my favorite!!

  9. I grew up in a cereal hoarding house. LOL I dont do it here ONLY b.c I have no pantry and no storage. I keep my mixer in my coat closet 🙂 otherwise, yep, would be hoarding. These look amazing! Pinned of course.

  10. So simple, so delicious! Seriously. This looks amazing.

  11. Cinnamon Toast Crunch doesn’t stand a chance in our house. One sitting and it’s gone. I’m thinking I would have to join you in the hoarding if I wanted any left to make this awesome puppy chow!

  12. I am a cereal hoarder like that too! But because my mom would not buy any new cereal until I’d tried it first, and because she wouldn’t buy any more fun cereal until another box was gone. Now we have half open boxes of tons of cereal, but it’s mostly boring adult flavors.

    I love that you used the Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! I have a snickerdoodle muddy buddy version in my head and that’s such a great idea (but I won’t steal it, promise). 🙂

  13. That looks so good! I love cinnamon + cereal 🙂

  14. OOoooooh! I love the churro/snickerdoodle spin!! And I have that happen all the time-I’ll forget I have an open box of something and then I get home with the new one(s) and am like…oops.

    oh well-great excuse to whip up tastiness!

  15. I can never buy enough cereal! I have no idea what my kids do with it! 3 boxes gone, like that! I’m thinking I would hoard these for sure!

  16. I forget how much I love cereal until we buy it. I am totally hooked on chocolate chex, cinnamon toast crunch and frosted flakes. My boyfriend will eat at least 3 bowls in one sitting. Love that these muddy buddies have two types of cereal!

  17. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was one of my favorite cereals growing up. This recipe looks amazing. Pinned.

  18. My kids would love these! Pinning!

  19. This is a great sweet kick. Love cereal snacks!!!

  20. I love the idea of doing a non-chocolate muddy buddy recipe. Can’t wait to try this out!

  21. I used to be terrible with hoarding cheez its. My mom would buy the smaller, normal sized boxes and poof! They’d be gone in minutes. I imagine this amazingly cinnamony treat disappears just as quickly! I can never get enough cinnamon in my life. 😀

  22. I’m a cereal hoarder too. I’m always amazed at how all the groceries I buy at the store get eaten. I’m also a muddy buddies addict. Love this version!

  23. Haha I grew up with two older brothers and am a total cereal hoarder too! Cinnamon Toast Crunch was always one of my favorites and still is so I love this recipe! Pinning and can’t wait to try it 🙂

  24. I just made puppy chow this week! Great minds think alike ;). But mine wasn’t this flavor – this is awesome! I secretly LOVE Cinnamon Toast Crunch…hands down my favorite cereal. Must make this version asap!

  25. Billy

    Oh my gosh I would eat that entire bowl in 1 sitting no problem!

  26. Alli

    My kids literally beg me to make this! We looooove it!

  27. Jen

    This is so dangerously addicting! I have to keep it in little single portion bags for me to grab otherwise I will eat it all in one sitting, haha!

  28. Becky Hardin

    I could seriously use a nice handful now to snack on.

  29. Taylor

    These are heavenly! I could eat the whole bowl!

  30. Fantastic! Just made these for the first time and so happy. It is really an amazing treat. Thanks for sharing this.

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