This is a perfect example of the kind of food I simply cannot have around my house. It's effortless, bite-sized and addictive. I have a theory for puppy chow: it is 10x better when you double the toppings and keep the amount of chex mix the same (it's truly a wonder that I'm not 400lbs by this point in my life). Still, if you want to make the best puppy chow around, try it out. No one likes digging around in the bowl for the pieces with the most topping.

This lemon puppy chow reminds me of lemon cooler cookies from the grocery store (their real name is escaping me). I'm enjoying them as a nice break from chocolate, but I will also be happy when the bag of them isn't tempting me in my kitchen. I've grabbed a handful pretty much every time I've been in there...and I'm in the kitchen a lot. If you're ever looking for something quick and easy to bring to a party, this is it. I'm the type to spend days coming up with what I will contribute to a buffet, but I'm also finally coming to the realization that it's often the easiest things that get the best reviews. Enjoy!

Chex Lemon Buddies
Recipe from Joyful Whimsy

9 cups Rice Chex cereal 
1 1/4 cup white vanilla baking chips 
1/4 cup butter or margarine 
4 tsp grated lemon peel 
2 Tbsp lemon juice 
2 cups powdered sugar

Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a microwaveable bowl, microwave chips, butter, lemon peel and juice uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 more seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into a 2-gallon re-sealable food storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar, seal bag and shake until all the cereal is well-coated. 


Danielle said... @ February 1, 2012 at 4:50 AM
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chrissy said... @ February 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I love everything lemon....and these look absolutely refreshing!

Anonymous said... @ February 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

BTW they ARE called lemon cooler cookies. I have loved them for 40 years. I might add some powedered lemonade kool aid lemon jello to the bag when shaking for an extra kick.

Sarah said... @ February 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Hah! Guess that's why I couldn't think of another name for them. That powdered lemonade/jello idea sounds amazing. I will definitely be trying it the next time I make this.

Lindsey said... @ February 9, 2012 at 7:23 AM

YUMMO!!!! I have got to try this!

Amber said... @ March 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Just made these today and they are very good. Only suggestion would be only 8 cups chex instead of 9 just to get a thicker coating. They taste so good.

cheryl said... @ March 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Can't wait to try it! I also love peppermint puppy chow during Christmas. You just use the white chocolate morsels and crushed peppermint candies! It's so addictive!!!

Jess- said... @ April 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Just made this! Just as delicious as you might suspect! AWESOME, thank you!!

Victoria said... @ July 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Sounds like a great snack for a summer bbq! Going to make them today!

Crazynursea said... @ August 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Excellent and Chex is gluten free so with care so could this treat!

Anonymous said... @ August 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Found this on Pinterest and just made it. Ohmygoodness is it wonderful!

Carol | a cup of mascarpone said... @ October 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I am in love with anything lemon, and can't wait to fill tins with these luscious little bites for Christmas! Thanks for a great recipe!

Unknown said... @ November 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Oh my! Just made these for Thanksgiving (I was craving something lemony) and I can't stop eating them! Thanks for the recipe!

Sarah said... @ December 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Happy to see everyone has enjoyed the recipe!

Shelly♥Daniel said... @ May 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Are white vanilla baking chips the same as white chocolate?

Sarah said... @ June 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Shelly - They are slightly different, as baking chips are usually made for melting and are just vanilla flavored, but they should work well for this recipe!

Anonymous said... @ May 23, 2015 at 9:11 AM

This is terrific! I have made it several times and I am making it for a bbq today. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said... @ May 23, 2018 at 1:15 PM

We LOVE this recipe!!
Any tips on keeping it fresh? I have found putting it in a baggie makes them less crispy & kinda old tasting. ??

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luxeu said... @ April 13, 2023 at 1:42 PM

I love Lemon Chex Buddies! They're so delicious and just the right amount of sweet. I've been making them for years and never grow tired of them. If you're looking for a great Air Fryer recipe to make these delicious treats, I'd recommend checking out Air Fry Corner. They have lots of great recipes and tips to help you get the best results.

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