A fantastic twist on a classic treat! Muddy Buddy cookies are a delightful fusion of the beloved muddy buddies snack and a rich, peanut butter cookie. This innovative dessert combines the crunchy, chocolatey goodness of muddy buddies with the soft, nutty flavor of peanut butter cookies, creating an indulgent and irresistible treat that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. As simple as muddy buddies are, each time I make them, they’re gone in the blink of an eye. My family loves them! Combine these with a truly delicious peanut butter cookie and watch out. it’ll be difficult to have just 1…or 5!

This recipe is more than just a cookie; its a timeless combination of peanut butter and chocolate. The muddy buddies, coated in a mix of chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, offer a surprise crunch and burst of flavor inside each soft and chewy peanut butter cookie.

Muddy buddy cookies stacked on 2 plates with muddy buddies spread around and a scoop of peanut butter

What is in a Muddy Buddy Cookie?

Unsalted Butter

It is always important to use unsalted butter when baking. If you use salted butter, you have no way of knowing how much salt you are adding to your dough or batter and it will result in an overly salted treat.

Butter adds fats to your dough or batter which helps with moistness, flavor and texture. Butter melts at body temperature, which creates a ‘melt in your mouth’ sensation.

When baking with butter the temperature is important. If the butter is too warm your treat will melt down too fast and overspread in the oven, leaving you with a greasy, flat mess. If your butter is too cold it will have the opposite problem and not melt down enough, leaving your treat too thick.

Peanut Butter

Adds another fat into your dough or batter that melts easily, allowing your treat to spread a little more. It will also add a creamy texture & rich flavor to your treat.

Brown Sugar

Is granulated sugar with a little molasses mixed in. Molasses is a somewhat smoky flavored natural sweetener, which makes brown sugar a bit sweeter than granulated sugar. Brown sugar draws more moisture into your treat, keeping it softer for longer. It’s also more acidic, which means it will help activate your baking soda.

Vanilla Extract

When using pure vanilla extract, as opposed to imitation flavoring, it will add the deep rich flavor that everybody wants in a treat.

Eggs

Adds both a protein (egg whites) and fat (egg yolks). The egg whites help with rising because, when foamed, little air pockets get trapped inside the egg white mixture. The water content in egg whites encourages steam while baking, which helps with gluten formation, resulting in nice and thick treats. Egg yolks have emulsifying properties that bring batters and doughs together and help them from collapsing. Unless otherwise specified, always use large eggs.

All-purpose Flour

Builds structure as it absorbs liquids and expands. All-purpose flour falls in the middle of bread flour (high in gluten) and cake flour (low in gluten). It’s exactly what it is named, all-purpose, the most universal flour that can be used in most baked goods.

Baking Soda

Elevates the pH level of your batter or dough. It increases the spread in your treat and encourages browning, which gives the crispy outside and soft inside texture that everyone loves. Baking soda needs both an acid and a liquid to react. Things that will activate your baking soda are: vinegar, fruit juice, molasses, brown sugar, tartar, buttermilk and sour cream. Baking soda only reacts once, which is right when it’s mixed into your batter or dough. The soda creates little air bubbles all throughout your treat. When the air bubbles get heated up in the oven, they expand.

Fine Sea Salt

Enhances flavor, adds balance, masks any bitter flavors. Salt is the most powerful and oldest preservative. Always make sure to use fine sea salt so it melts down at the right speed in the heat of the oven. If you use larger granule salt, it will not melt down fully when baked and will leave salt crystals throughout your treat, making it crunch like you dropped it into sand.

Muddy Buddies

The star of this show, adding a crunchy, chocolatey filling to your cookie.

Muddy buddy cookies stacked on a plate with one cookie cut in half exposing the muddy buddies inside

What makes a muddy buddy cookie unique?

These cookies stand out, due to the incorporation of muddy buddies wrapped inside peanut butter cookie dough. It’s a delightful combination of textures and flavors.

Can you make muddy buddy cookies with different types of muddy buddies?

Absolutely! You can experiment with various muddy buddy flavors, such as adding different types of chocolate or using flavored nut butters, to create unique variations.

How do you store muddy buddy cookies?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for up to 5-7 days. If you would like them to last longer, you can freeze them for up to 1 month. Just make sure to let the cookie sit out on the counter and thaw out before eating.

Are there any tips for ensuring the cookies turn out perfectly?

Be sure to not over bake the cookies so that they stay soft and chewy. Also, let them cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring, to prevent them from breaking.

Recommended Equipment

  • Standing Mixer – so that you can cream your butter & sugar properly
  • Light metal cookie sheet– these bake the most evenly
  • Parchment sheets – to help aid in baking evenly, plus so that your cookies do not stick to your pan

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Muddy Buddy Cookies

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 24
Take a fan favorite, muddy buddies, and wrap a peanut butter cookie around it, for the deluxe cookie that will have everyone drooling.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 cups muddy buddies

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Convection setting is great for cookies!
  • Add butter, peanut butter & sugars to a standing mixer. Mix until combined and then whip for 2-3 minutes until lighter in color & texture
  • Add vanilla and eggs, stir until combined
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, soda & salt
  • Turn standing mixer on low and slowly pour in the dry ingredients
  • Mix dough just until it comes together
  • Scoop out cookie dough and flatten between hands. Wrap dough around 2 tbsp of muddy buddies and place on a light metal cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 9 minutes
  • Let cool on pan for 10 minutes before removing

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 3g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 185mg Potassium: 72mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 14g Vitamin A: 138IU Calcium: 15mg Iron: 1mg

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