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!

So many muddy buddy flavors, so little time. Have you tried this Thin Mint inspired version? These Hot Cocoa Muddy Buddies are amazing too.

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

This variation on classic Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow) is for all of you cinnamon fans out there.

Why These Muddy Buddies are Best

  • These muddy buddies taste like handfuls of mini snickerdoodle cookies!
  • Adding cinnamon toast crunch to the cereal base is a brilliant twist!
  • Powdered cinnamon sugar coating gives the muddy buddies the perfect flavor and sweetness.
  • A 5 minute recipe made with just 5 ingredients.

It doesn’t get any easier, or tastier, than today’s recipe. If you love Snickerdoodles, you’re going to gobble up this snack mix faster than you can say “muddy buddies!”

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

Ingredient Notes

Here’s everything you need to make Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies.

  • Rice Chex cereal – This is the base for all of our puppy chow and muddy buddies recipe.
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch – Adding a cup of these cinnamon-infused squares adds delicious variety of taste and texture to the mix.
  • White chocolate melting wafers – I used Ghirardelli. Vanilla candiquik or almond bark would work too.
  • Powdered sugar – For coating the muddy buddies.
  • Cinnamon – It’ added to both the powdered sugar and melted white chocolate for extra cinnamon flavor in every bite.
Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies. These are so good you won't be able to stop snacking!!

Tips and Tricks

  • Add the cinnamon toast crunch LAST. I like these muddy buddies best when the cinnamon cereal is left uncoated. It breaks up the sweetness a little bit and lets the cinnamon flavor shine.
  • Mix gently when coating the chex in melted white chocolate. Try to avoid breaking or crushing the cereal, while still ensuring each square gets coated.
  • Break up any lumps of powdered sugar before adding the cereal. I give the bag of powdered sugar a good shake first and it does the trick.
  • Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies are a great gift idea! I like to put them in mason jars or cellophane bags tied with a ribbon and give them away during the holidays.

Recipe FAQs

What can I substitute for the cinnamon toast crunch?

You can use other cinnamon flavored cereals instead. Life, Puffins and cinnamon Rice Chex would all be good.
You can also just leave it out if you don’t have any. The muddy buddies with cinnamon sugar will still be delicious.

How do I store it?

Store these homemade cinnamon muddy buddies in an airtight container at room temperature. Bags with a zip top are perfect for keeping the snack mix fresh for up to a week.

Can I use melted white chocolate chips instead?

You can use chocolate chips, the texture just won’t be as smooth once the chocolate sets. For best results, use white chocolate designed for melting like the Ghirardelli wafers or almond bark.

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

More Snickerdoodle Recipes

What is a Snickerdoodle? 

A Snickerdoodle Cookie is a type of classic buttery cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking! It’s quite delicious.

  • One bite of these Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars and you’ll fall in love! The sweet and salty graham cracker pecan crust with the creamy cheesecake layer is all topped to perfection with the snickerdoodle pecan cookie topping!
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Truffles: I’ve turned your classic childhood cookie into a no-egg truffle with a cinnamon coating!
  • Perfect with a cup of coffee, this Snickerdoodle Biscotti recipe is flavorful. It’s also a great option to ship in a care package as they hold up very well. 
  • Take your classic banana bread recipe to the next level! This Snickerdoodle Banana Bread recipe has a crunchy top coating of cinnamon and sugar, a real crowd pleaser!
Yield: 9 cups

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 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 16 ounce Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal


  1. Melt white chocolate wafers in microwave according to package directions.
  2. Stir in 3 teaspoons cinnamon until blended. In a large mixing bowl, combine Rice Chex cereal with melted white chocolate. Stir until coated completely.
  3. In a large gallon size ziploc bag, add powdered sugar with remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Close bag and shake to combine.
  4. Add chocolate 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:

½ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on April 13, 2019

Comments & Reviews

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. haha, yes. My kids eat A LOT of cereal. I have resorted to buying BAGS now, you know the bulk stuff. LOL

  4. 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!

    1. Exactly! Spaghetti noodles is another thing I have TONS of, but they certainly are not as fun, LOL

  5. 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). 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

    1. My mixer never leaves to counter. Too heavy!! Plus I use it nearly every day, haha!!! Thanks for pinning Averie 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

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

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

  13. 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!

    1. awww, I’m so jealous you have sisters 🙂 I imagine polite, dainty bowls of cereal and laughter…not loud slurping and slobbering, hehe.

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