I am finally getting to holiday baking this season (I use the word BAKING loosely, because this recipe doesn't actually use an oven!) I feel like the last person on the planet to try making muddy buddies aka puppy chow. And I'll tell you why.
Our family has a lot of food allergies. Our son has a peanut allergy, my husband has tree nut allergies, and we found out this year our daughter also has tree nut allergies. Traditional muddy buddies use peanut butter. There are alternatives--almond butter and Nutella, but those are made with tree nuts. So I mulled over it and came up with this recipe! Personally I think they taste fabulous--we've been munching on the leftovers way too much. They have a light gingerbread flavor to them, along with the addictive crunchy and sweet.
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Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies
(a peanut free alternative)
makes 4 cups
4 cups Corn Chex
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cookie butter
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided into two 3/4 cup portions
Spread out 4 cups of chex cereal in a large cookie sheet. In a microwave safe bowl add cookie butter, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave for another 20-30 seconds and stir until smooth and melted. It will have a batter like consistency. Pour cookie butter mixture over chex cereal and mix together until coated (Honestly, you may have to use your clean hands for this step!).
Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar to a gallon sized zip style plastic bag. Add 1/2 of the chex mix to the bag, seal and shake until powdered sugar covers the chex mix. Spread out on a cookie sheet then add 3/4 cup powdered sugar to bag and remaining 1/2 of chex mix. Seal and shake until powdered sugar covers chex mix. Spread out on a cookie sheet to harden for a few minutes.
Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
Note: while this recipe is peanut/nut free, if you have a severe allergy please read all ingredient containers before making. Also, while the corn chex is gluten free, the cookie butter does contain wheat so this is not a gluten free dessert.