Puppy Chow Brownies

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Eric requested brownies for dessert a few weeks ago.  That boy always wants something chocolatey when it comes to desserts.  We walked over to Jewel-Osco and picked up some ingredients.  As were standing in line to check out, I started to regret my decision to make regular-old brownies.  A voice in my head said, “Top the brownies with puppy chow.  Do iittt.”

Puppy chow, as in the sweet treat you had as a child: Rice Chex coated with peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar.  Not dog food. 

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I remember begging my mom to make puppy chow several times when I was a kid, and she never would; I think she might be anti-puppy chow.  I only had some during school parties.

Anyway, brownies are always good.  Top them with puppy chow and they’re amazing.

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This brownie is pretty easy to throw together.  It’s made with your basic brownie batter ingredients – flour, sugar, butter, eggs, cocoa powder and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.  The only unusual thing I do is melt the butter, chocolate and sugar together,
then beat the mixture into the eggs for a while (8 minutes).  I use this method for a lot of my brownies because it seems to make them crustier and chewier (but still gooey in the middle).

The brownie batter gets peanut butter swirled through it, and then it’s partially baked.  The puppy chow goes on top of the brownies, then is covered with foil and baked again.  The powdered sugar goes on top after the brownies have cooled. 

Eric took these into work and said they disappeared instantly.  See?  Everyone loves puppy chow.  Except my mom.  I need to get to the bottom of this when I see her this week. 

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Puppy Chow Brownies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided use
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter + 2 tablespoons
2 cups rice chex cereal
Confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray an 8x8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in sugar, and bring to a boil.  Remove pan from heat and stir in 1 cup chocolate chips until melted and smooth.  Cool 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together eggs and chocolate-butter mixture for 8 minutes, or until well combined and doubled in volume.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.  Beat in flour and 1/2 cup chocolate chips until just combined.  Spread batter in pan.  Swirl 3 tablespoons peanut butter through batter.  Bake 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the puppy chow: stir together remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat, until melted and smooth.  Stir in cereal until well combined.  Place cereal on top of brownies.  Lightly cover pan with foil.  Return pan to oven and bake 20 additional minutes, or until well risen and set.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Make 9 huge brownies


  1. You know, I've never had puppy chow, nor did I read about it until becoming a food blogger! Perhaps it is a regional thing?

    1. Whoa, I didn't know that. I thought they had it everywhere in the US!

  2. UGHHH I've been waiting for you to post these! Puppy chow is the best stuff on earth and would be incredible on a brownie. I like that there's peanut butter in the brownies, too.

  3. How fun! I love this :) Puppy Chow is one of our favorite snacks to make!

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    1. I'm also surprised how many people have never heard of Puppy Chow. Apparently TJ isn't the only one!

  5. They look so indulgant. Never had or heard of puppy chow but feel like im missing out now. I never had such things growing up!

  6. YES- I will be making these! My Fiance loves puppy chow...and I am a brownie fanatic! Thank you!!! Mmmmmm

  7. YES! these look so incredibly decadent and delicious. oh my gosh i need to stop drooling! haha!

  8. i LOVE puppy chow! i always called it puppy chow growing up, and then when i went to college in southern california, everyone called them "muddy buddies". i can never keep my hands out of the bowl when i make them. pair them with brownies and i'm sure they're even better!

  9. Brilliant idea! We called it "muddy buddies" when I was a kid, but my mom never made it either.

  10. I'm another one who has never tried Puppy Chow. Sheesh...it looks like I'm missing out!

  11. I didn't even KNOW that puppy chow existed when my roommate thrust it upon me. My thighs never were quite the same after that...

    These sound addictive!

  12. Oh god, you put it on the brownies? You totally rock. These are amazing.

  13. One time I saw a bag of Chex Mix brand puppy chow/muddy buddies and bought it right away! It wasn't as good as the homemade stuff though, like most things in life I suppose!

  14. Oh my gosh, I love puppy chow. This seriously may be the most delicious idea I've ever seen.

  15. I'm surprised how many people haven't heard of puppy chow! I've never heard of it being called Muddy Buddies. Interesting!

  16. clever idea, emily! even though i can't be called a kid anymore, i still love puppy chow. :)

  17. These brownies look so amazing that I am going to pretend like I never saw them--so I am not tempted to bake in the forthcoming blazing weather. I think those TJ chocolate covered pb-filled pretzels would also be amazing if they were chopped up in brownies. BUT odds are good I will be trying the above recipe as soon as it gets colder again--excellent creation!

    On a side note: I made puppy chow/muddy buddies with the TJ cookie spread a few weeks ago.. talk about a bikini-killer. I was trying to make a cookie-dough flavored version of puppy chow (I have seen lots of cake-batter puppy chow recipes.. frankly, it just isn't the same without the peanut butter), and I think a Monster-cookie (pb, oatmeal, m&ms) flavored puppy chow would be ammmazing.

  18. You know...I've wondered many times why I only had puppy chow as an adult and not as a kid. Mom probably got grossed out by the name of it, so she didn't want to fix it for us.I know I would have really liked it.

  19. I REALLY thought you were describing a very strange eating habit of Eric's, but it turns out it's YOUR weird habit. Those look gooooood!

  20. I made and LOVED these brownies, as did my co-workers. One word of caution, however. I doubled the recipe and used a 9x13" pan and it overflowed. So, if you're going to double it, I'd put a baking sheet under the pan. And you should definitely make these!!!

  21. Whoa! I hate overflowed brownies and cakes. Sorry about your oven! Glad you liked the brownies!



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