When I think of cookouts, I try to focus on simplicity, both in the preparation and the serving. There’s no need for a 5-layer cake at a cookout. For me, I’m trying to keep things easy. Just get together with some friends, eat and drink a little, and enjoy one another’s company.
Some of the best desserts for a cookout don’t require plates, forks, or spoons. This is a great way to end the outing. No need to spend time prepping the dessert in the kitchen and no mess to clean up. Some desserts that fit this description are chocolate-covered strawberries, ice cream cones, or an additional glass of sangria (adults only, obviously). You get a little sweetness to end the event with little effort.
This recipe features a “I’m late to the party” ingredient. The entire world has been excited about cookie butter for quite some time. I’d read about it but never tried it. During a mid-winter trip to Trader Joe’s, as I was looking at jams, I saw a row of cookie butter jars nearby. I figured my daughter would enjoy it, so I bought a jar. Not wanting to be out of the loop, I gave it a taste. It is quite yummy.
However, I couldn’t figure what I’d want to do with it, besides nibble a bit directly from the jar. What I needed was a recipe that would let its flavor shine. That’s when I decided to try it in a snack mix that is similar to puppy chow. Receiving positive reviews from my teen (and myself), it is my favorite use of cookie butter.
With warm weather approaching, I think this snack mix could make a fine cookout dessert. Just bring a big bowl to share, and dessert is ready. Plus, this is a great option for those with nut allergies who can’t enjoy the classic version.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for a cookout to give this recipe a try. Your office mates, family, or whomever you share with will thank you.
- 1/2 cup cookie butter
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tb. butter
- 4-3/4 cups corn Chex*
- powdered sugar
- Combine cookie butter, chocolate chips, and butter in a small bowl.
- Microwave for 30 seconds; stir.
- Microwave in additional 15 second increments, stirring after each, until fully melted.
- Put Chex in a large bowl; pour cookie butter mix over Chex.
- Toss to coat, using a rubber spatula.
- Spread mix on a baking tray, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Refrigerate to speed cooling process.
- You can use different types of Chex cereal, if desired.