Puppy Chow

Around this time of year, it is crucial to find easy desserts to give to family and friends, that also taste delicious.  Puppy chow, also known as muddy buddies, is composed of a very few number of ingredients, and is addicting!  For those unfamiliar with the snack, it is usually Chex cereal covered with peanut butter and chocolate and then dusted with confectioners sugar.  I got the recipe from here, but substituted the M&M’s for pretzels.

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Puppy Chow (it makes A LOT)

14 cups Chex cereal or a similar variety

18 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

½ cup salted butter melted

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 cups of pretzels

4-5 Cups powdered sugar

Combine the pretzels and cereal in a 2 large bowls.  Melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.

Drizzle half off the mixture onto one of the bowls and mix well to combine.  Place half of the confectioners sugar in a large paper bag and then put in the chocolate covered cereal.  Shake until the cereal is coated with the sugar.  Repeat with the remaining ingredients.  Store in an airtight container.  Dig in!


Coconut Pretzel Bars

This dessert is a variation of 7 layer bars, but I deviated from the more traditional route because I did not have all of the necessary ingredients.  However, these were still delicious, and I love the added crunch and salty element the pretzels gave.  You can whip these together in under an hour and are one of the easiest baked desserts to make!


Coconut Pretzel Bars (one pan)

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup butter melted

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pretzels

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Butter 9x13in brownie pan.

Mix melted butter and graham crumbs together.  Press onto the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle on both types of chips, coconut, and pretzels on top.

Drizzle sweetened condensed milk on top until it covers everything.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown.