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Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies

This muddy buddies recipe uses chocolate chip cookies!  Popcorn and pretzels also make this muddy buddies recipe a fun one.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!True story:  just this spring, we purchased air conditioning and a brand spanking new furnace.  Isn’t is exciting being an adult, and spending thousands of dollars on a furnace?!

Then, it quit working.  And did it quit working on a day when it’s 80 degrees and overcast?  Of course not.  It’s quits working on Friday evening, just before a whole weekend of 100 degree, full blazing sun weather.

Don’t worry… a faulty valve was to blame, and our awesome contractor had it fixed in no time, (and by “no time” of course, I mean that the poor guy spent a couple hours in full sun, mid-afternoon on the south side of my house when it was 100 degrees) so we’re cool now, but it was a rough weekend.

On top of that, when I went out for popsicles and frozen hot chocolate, the brand spankin’ new radiator in my car sprang a leak and left a lake of antifreeze in the drive up window at the sandwich shop.  It took me more than an hour to nurse my poor overheating car about 3 miles home.

Maybe you saw me feeling grateful for the nearby condo complex which decided to water their lawn in the middle of the day?  It was the only way we managed to stay cool after an hour of full sun and running the heater.  I seriously felt like I was doomed to a life of sweating.  (So this is hell, eh?)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I can tell you one thing, I was not not NOT going to use the oven.  Or the stove.  I was even apprehensive about using the air popper to make popcorn.

So, we ate muddy buddies.  Hooray!

This particular version, in addition to the expected Chex cereal, also has popcorn and pretzels, and chocolate chip cookie bark.  If you’re not familiar with the cookie bark, I highly recommend you check that out here.  You can also use crunchy packaged cookies, but cookie bark is ever so much tastier.

I was fortunate to have some in my pantry.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I actually had to take a cold shower to cool down after that little disaster of a trip to the store.

Between the cool water and the chocolatey treats, my mood recovered much more quickly than my car did!


Want more? Check out these fun snacks!

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Snack Mix
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Coconut Muddy Buddies
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Pretzel Bites


Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies
Prep time
Total time
Cereal, popcorn and pretzels coated with chocolate and peanut butter, and tossed with crunchy chocolate chip cookie pieces.
Recipe type: Snacks
  • 3 cups Chex rice or corn cereal
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups broken pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 cups chopped cookie bark or crunchy packaged chocolate chip cookies
  1. In a large bowl, combine Chex, popcorn, and pretzels.
  2. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and stir.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex mixture, stirring until well coated.
  4. Add powdered sugar and toss to coat.
  5. Add chopped cookie bark or cookies.
Find a recipe for cookie bark here: http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2014/07/14/chocolate-chip-cookie-bark/


Soft Pretzels

Soft baked pretzels recipe; See why I’m addicted to this very easy and tasty soft baked pretzels recipe!

Soft Pretzels from JensFavoriteCookies.com I made these pretzels on a far too common day off school.  Which, naturally, means my house is full of teenage boys.

The smell of this soft baked pretzels recipe was enough to bring them running (I exaggerate not) up the stairs.

“I smell food.”
“Mom, we’re hungry.”
“Is there any pizza left?”
“Can we have snacks?”

*sigh*  My pantry was looking like Old Mother Hubbard so I told them to wait for me while I photographed these pretzels, and then they could dive in.

They waited… staring… sort of patiently.

“You only need one photo, right?”
“Shh… let her get in the zone.”

As soon as I gave them the all-clear, they devoured the pretzels.  Within 5 minutes, all but one of those 16 pretzels were gone.  Not a crumb remained.  It was seriously like those African ants that march through the town and eat everything in sight.

Soft Pretzels from JensFavoriteCookies.com

To tell you the truth, I sort of wish I had never learned to make them, because they are far easier and faster than I expected, and seriously?!!  Warm bread… extra salt… This is going to be SO bad for my waistline.  I’ve made them about 5 times in the last three weeks.

So maybe it was a good thing all those boys were around to help me eat them.

Soft Pretzels from JensFavoriteCookies.com

A word to the wise: eat these babies fresh out of the oven.  First of all, they taste sooooo good warm.  And second, they just don’t really keep well.

If you’re anything like me, you won’t have any trouble wanting to eat them the minute they come out of the oven.

Last recommendation: try them with my Cheesy Mustard Dip!


Soft Pretzels

A basic recipe for soft baked pretzels.

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings 8 large or 16 small pretzels
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup + 1/2 cup warm water (about 110F)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • sea salt


  1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, yeast and 1 cup water. Continue until it forms a heavy dough.

  2. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Let rise until about double in size, about an hour.

  3. Split dough into 8 pieces for large pretzels, or 16 for small pretzels. Form each piece into a long rope, and tie into a knot.

  4. In a small dish, combine ½ cup warm water with baking soda. Dip each formed pretzel into baking soda water, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle each with sea salt.

  5. Let rise while preheating oven to 450F, about 10 minutes. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until brown and cooked through. Serve warm.

Pretzel Toffee

Toffee Pretzel Recipe; This recipe uses basic butter toffee poured over pretzels and topped with chocolate.  You’ll love this toffee pretzel recipe!

Pretzel-Toffee-recipeThe hypocrisy is strong around here some days.

Just yesterday, for example, Robb told the way-too-skinny and super active teenage boys that they needed to double their caloric intake if they want to be strong and healthy.

I fully supported this plan.

Then today, he told them they needed to get their jobs done before they could eat lunch.

I also fully supported this plan.

Eat, don’t eat… It’s confusing, I know.

Then I told everyone I would be making snacks, but ended up making candy instead.  What can I say? Life ain’t perfect.


Toffee is one of my favorite candies.  Butter + Sugar… what’s not to love? Continue reading “Pretzel Toffee” »

Cheesy Mustard Dip

Mustard Dip with cheddar cheese; Great snack idea! Pretzels and mustard cheese dip.  This recipe for mustard dip is slightly spicy, with lots of sharp cheddar cheese melted in.

cheesy-mustard-dipI remember this one time, my parents took a trip to Europe, and they brought me a jar of English mustard as a souvenir.

Oh, how well they know me.

The stuff was spicy, really spicy, the kind of spicy that clears out your sinuses and makes your eyes tear up.  It’s one of my favorite gifts ever, and, strange as it sounds, I will always remember that jar of mustard.

In the interest of full disclosure, I think I should tell you that the American yellow mustard is a thing which will never touch my lips.  What is in that stuff?  I’m pretty sure that particular shade of yellow is found nowhere in nature.  But brown mustard, spicy mustard, honey mustard, these are the things which I adore.

Especially with pretzels.  Yum.

By the way, this recipe is not going to bring a tear to the eye or clear your sinuses.  It is a touch spicy, but nothing like that English souvenir mustard from years ago.

mustard dip

I’m just going to address this now, because I know you’re going to ask.

Yes, I did put root beer in my mustard dip.  I know it sounds a little weird, but I liked the idea of something sweet with a little bite to it in the mustard dip, and I think it worked nicely.  If you are not into root beer, you could actual beer, something dark like a stout, or you could just skip it and use water.

Your choice.

pretzels and mustard

I love this dip served warm, all the melted cheese and spices make it so comforting and delicious.  I figured I needed a pretzel rod with it, something that could hold up to the strength of the mustard dip.

It makes a pretty small batch.  Small enough for me to eat almost the entire thing by myself.  Feel free to double if you’re serving more than 3 or 4 people.

I think I’ll just keep my batch to myself.


Cheesy Mustard Dip

A spicy mustard dip with sharp cheddar cheese.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 2 tablespoons grainy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon root beer, or beer, or water
  • 2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Serve warm with pretzels.

Trail Mix Cookies

A healthy cookie recipe is hard to find these days.  The search is not for the faint of heart.  The real problem here is defining what a healthy cookie is.  Is it the presence of good stuff?  Or the absence of sugar?

healthy cookie recipeI’m of the opinion that it stops being a cookie the moment you remove the sugar.  Which is why sugar free cookies are not to be found on this site.

And thus, I decided to go with the presence of good stuff for my cookies.

Look for a good trail mix recipe and you will find a vast variety of combinations.  It really comes down to putting all your favorite things in a bag and shaking.

One of the first times Robb and I went on a road trip with little kids, I mixed up some of my favorite kid-friendly snacks in a big ziploc bag: goldfish crackers, pretzels, peanuts, raisins, licorice nibs, and m&m’s.  Robb thought it was a little weird, but I think that’s because he didn’t like cheese cracker crumbs on his licorice nibs.

It’s rough being picky.

healthy cookie recipe

The rest of us liked it just fine, and I made this famous “trail mix” for road trips many times over the years.

I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t make a fantastic cookie.  And yes, it’s sweet, but it would still make a fabulous snack for a hike or a camping trip, or even a long day at the ball field.  It has some nuts and fruits to pack a little extra energy, and some pretzels and granola to pack a little extra crunch.trail mix recipe

This is the kind of healthy cookie recipe I like.  It’s still recognizable as a cookie, but each bite has a healthy little surprise in it.  And feel free to substitute any ingredients from your favorite trail mix recipe.  I think these would be great with coconut, peanuts, cashews, or chocolate chips!

On a separate note, I would like to mention that I am now contributing a cookie recipe each month to my good friends at Waldron Publishing.  I’d love it if you would drop by and check out what they have to offer in awesome e-books! Continue reading “Trail Mix Cookies” »

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

peanut butter pretzelMy teenagers are into having “late nights” with their friends.  Which means their friends hang out until very late, but they don’t actually stay until morning.

Which is really fine with me.  Except for the part where p.m. turns into a.m. and I have to start physically forcing people out the door.

Besides that, it’s really very entertaining.  I mean, just tonight I walked in to the kitchen to find five teenage boys momentarily distracted from their card game by Taylor Swift.  Yes, they were literally singing, at the top of their lungs, the song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”

I’m not joking.

I wish I had video of it.  I didn’t think about that until after the moment had passed.  Then I kicked myself and tried to convince them to start it over {to no avail}.

After that, they googled some youtube videos of the Gangnam Style dance.  I was hoping a good video opportunity would present itself there, but it just never materialized.  Oh well.

PB pretzel recipe

These nights made me wonder whatever happened to the old me?  I mean, the young me?  The me that used to stay up until 2 am every night and dance and sing a lot.  Nowadays, I’m all old and boring, and I’m asleep before 11 and I’m up at the crack of dawn.

The old gang tries to remember our youth by spending New Years Eve together every year.  The problem is, we don’t go out drinking and partying, we stay in and play board games with our kids, and watch the ball drop, and drink sparkling cider.  Then we drag our sorry selves home at 12:15.

This does not make me feel young.  Not at all.

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On the bright side, the snacks will be infinitesimally better than they used to be.  Because old me just opened a bag of chips, but new me will take time to make these pretzel bites.

And by “time,” I mean like 15 minutes.  Seriously, it’s barely worth noting, it’s that fast.  And it’s SO worth it, because, honestly? These are going to be gone within 3 minutes.

Maybe 2. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites” »

Chocolate Pretzel Snack Mix

Pretzels and M&MsMy teenagers are growing so fast I can hardly keep up with it.  Our #2 son, “The Fruitarian,” was laughing at himself the other day, while trying to keep his shirt tucked in.  He said, “tucked…” then raised his arms a little, “untucked.”  At least a couple times a week he mentions needing new clothes, new shoes, or new swimwear.

On top of that, they are eating me out of house and home.  I bought two large pizzas for dinner the other day, which I thought would be plenty for three children and one friend.  It was naive, I know that now.  Our daughter told us she only got one slice of pizza and she was still hungry.  After questioning the boys, we discovered they had eaten about 5 slices each.

And they were still hungry too.

Continue reading “Chocolate Pretzel Snack Mix” »

Easter Recipe Round-Up

By Easter, I am so ready to be outside.  It has a tendency to be very cold and gloomy here in the winter, and I’m just one of those people that craves sunlight.  Of course, it’s not unusual for us to have snow for Easter, but this week has been very sunny, so I have high hopes.  I’ve put together a collection of some favorite recipes that would be perfect for your Easter celebration!

Wherever you live, I hope you have perfect weather for an Easter egg hunt!

Continue reading “Easter Recipe Round-Up” »

Easter Snack Nests

Easter snacks; This edible nest is made with pretzels, cereal, and marshmallows, and is filled with Easter candy.  Recipe and instructions included for these easy Easter snack edible nests.

Source:  Adapted from Buns in My Oven

Yield:  about 20 large nests

For some reason, coming up with a good Easter recipe to make has been hurting my brain.  Nothing that I thought about really seemed to be a very good idea.  I bought these Reese’s Pieces Eggs, which are rather fantastic and hard to resist, and I knew I wanted to use them somehow.  Green colored coconut seemed like a good idea, but coconut with peanut butter eggs did not.  *sigh*  Back to the drawing board.

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