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

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 ¾ 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:

½ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

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

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Recipe originally published April 28, 2014

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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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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