Holiday Cookie Countdown: Shortcut Muddy Buddies

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Do you call this stuff Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies?

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I had this argument with my girlfriend today — she’s team Muddy Buddy and I’m team Puppy Chow. For me, it’s always been Puppy Chow. Like, since I was a baby it was Puppy Chow.

But my friend was adamant that this stuff is called Muddy Buddies, and if I make a cookie inspired by it and call it something else no one will know what it is.

So, here you have it. Muddy Buddy cookies. Peanut butter, chocolate, crunch and powdered sugar — this stuff is ahhhhh-dictive. And by taking a little shortcut at the store with the peanut butter cookies, they come together quickly. Bake up some peanut butter cookies, dip them in melted chocolate, coat in powdered sugar, done!

Warning: these are a little messy, especially when your kiddos offer to “help.”

p.s. I think these are my favorite cookies of the whole series! Soooooo good.

Looking for more Holiday Countdown cookies? Here you go!

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Shortcut Muddy Buddy Cookies

Refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough (I use Pillsbury Simply Peanut Butter)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

Bake peanut butter cookies according to package directions. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.

In small microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Place 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in 1-gallon Ziploc bag.

Dip one cookie into melted chocolate mixture. (If mixture is not thin enough to slide right off — seems goopy — add another tbsp or two of butter and melt again to thin.) Use a spoon to scrape the mixture off leaving a fairly thin coating.

Drop cookie into powdered sugar bag and shake to coat. Remove and set on wire rack. Repeat process with other cookies, adding additional powdered sugar to bag as needed.

Once all 12 cookies are coated, let stand until chocolate is set.

Makes 12 cookies.

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