Fall Treat: Pumpkin Pie Spiced Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow Recipe

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Have you ever had muddy buddies – aka puppy chow? Every holiday season, we are guilty of whipping up an embarrassing number of batches of peppermint muddy buddies. They are slightly addictive. Ok, not slightly. Highly, highly addictive. We have been known to make a batch late at night because wejusthavetohavethemnow. This year I thought – what if I put pumpkin spice + muddy buddies together? The result is a perfect fall snack. We have been using Kellogg’s Krave Cereal to make all of our muddy buddies recipes since last year (which by the way if you don’t have time to whip up muddy buddies, Krave cereal all by itself will satisfy any late night sweet tooth!). It’s great because it is light and crunchy on the outside and has lightly sweetened chocolate on the inside. Consume at your own risk though. You might feel the need to make a batch in the middle of the night too.

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe


  • 1 box chocolate Kellogg’s Krave Cereal
  • 11 oz White Chocolate Chips (White Chocolate)
  • 1.5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • (OPTIONAL) Fall sprinkles


  1. Place cereal in a large zip top bag and set aside.
  2. Put powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice into a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt white chocolate chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted (about 90 seconds).
  4. Pour melted white chocolate into the zip top bag with the cereal, close, and lightly shake until cereal is evenly coated.
  5. Pour cereal mixture into a large bowl, sprinkle powdered sugar mixture over the cereal and lightly toss until cereal is coated. Store in a sealed air-tight container or zip top bag.
  6. OPTIONAL GARNISH – add sprinkles when ready to serve.



Tasty Fall Treat: Pumpkin-Spiced Cake Donuts Recipe

So, it’s finally feeling like Fall in Atlanta. It’s actually chilly and the leaves are turning color. It’s beautiful over here! I’m officially in Fall baking mode and there’s pumpkin in my cupboard! My new pumpkin addiction? Pumpkin-spiced cake donuts.


These donuts are light and airy. See all the holes in them right out of the oven?????


Then, they are dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar…


You’re welcome.

Ohmygoodness, you guys. Simply delicious. And, they are very easy and quick to make. The only thing you need besides ingredients is a donut pan, which you can pick up just about anywhere.


Pumpkin-Spiced Cake Donuts Recipe



  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray donut pan and  set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together first seven ingredients.

3. In another bowl, whisk together apple sauce, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk until well combined.

4. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, and slowly mix in the wet ingredients. Do not over mix.

5. Spoon the batter into the donut pan – filling to the top.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until donuts spring back when pressed.

7. Remove donuts from pan and allow to slightly cool on wire rack.

8. While donuts are cooling, melt butter in a shallow bowl and combine sugar and cinnamon in another shallow bowl.

9. Dip each warm donut into butter and then coat with sugar/cinnamon mixture.