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Cinnamon sugar chex mix is a sweet, salty, and crunchy snack mix made with Chex cereal, pretzels, pecans, cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar. Full of cinnamon flavor and baked to sweet, crunchy perfection, this chex mix is highly addictive–one handful turns into ten in no time!
The best part is, this easy Chex Mix with cinnamon sugar recipe makes a huge batch of chex mix- enough for up to 16 people.
Now if you are like me, you may like to have a quick snack on hand for the family to much on or to serve up to unexpected guests. This sweet cinnamon sugar chex mix can be easily made ahead and can be kept at room temperature for up to two weeks. This makes it an ideal make-ahead treat for holiday parties and holiday gifting as well.
If you’re in need of a few more snack mixes to serve at the upcoming parties and gatherings, this Fall snack mix (no bake) is perfect for Thanksgiving or Fall in general, and these Peppermint bark muddy buddies are great at Christmas and throughout the holiday season.
Cinnamon Chex Mix Ingredients
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Chex— we used a combination of rice chex, wheat chex, and corn chex cereal.
- Pretzels— we used a combo of mini pretzel twists and butter snap pretzels to add some crunch and saltiness to this sweet snack mix.
- Pecans— Pecan halves are the perfect size for snack mixes. Of course, if pecans aren’t for you, you can swap them out for another nut choice.
- Butter— I like to use salted butter, but unsalted would work for this recipe too.
- Ground Cinnamon— Is used in the mix and in the topping, bringing a nice pop of flavor.
- Brown Sugar— Brown sugar adds sweetness to the chex mix itself and is the base of the cinnamon sugar glaze that coats the cereal mix. We used dark brown sugar but light brown sugar would work as well. The dark brown sugar just adds an extra depth of flavor.
- Granulated Sugar— A touch of regular white sugar gives the glaze the optimal taste and texture.
- Parchment paper or waxed paper
- Large rimmed baking sheet
- Extra large mixing bowl and small mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Small pot
- Silicone spatula
How to Make the Best Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix Recipe
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a large sheet tray with parchment paper; set aside.
Step 2. In a large mixing bowl, add all 3 varieties of the Chex cereal, both types of pretzels, and the pecans. Set aside.
Step 3. In a small sauce pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Continue to cook and whisk until the sugars are dissolved, about 4-5 minutes.
Step 4. Pour the cinnamon sugar sauce over the Chex mix ingredients in the bowl. Use a silicone spatula to mix the ingredients together until everything is evenly coated.
Step 5. Place the coated Chex mix onto the prepared sheet tray in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, removing the baking sheet from the oven and tossing the mixture around every 15 minutes.
Step 6. When it has finished baking, remove the pan from the oven and allow the party mix to cool on the tray for 15 minutes. While the mixture is cooling, prepare the topping by stirring together the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
Step 7. Add the slightly cooled Chex mix back to the large bowl. Add the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to combine.
Serve warm or let it cool completely and store for later use.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Expert tips & tricks
- Sweeten up the deal. If this cinnamon sugar sweet and salty chex mix wasn’t sweet enough for you already, sprinkle on some powdered sugar or add in some white chocolate chips or chocolate candies for an extra sweet version.
- Give it away. This brown sugar cinnamon chex mix serves great as a snack at a party, it also can double as a party favor and would be a fantastic present to gift to foodie friends and family. No one will be able to resist the sweet treats!
- Customize it. Don’t like a specific ingredient? No problem- swap it out for something you do. This is so easy to customize to your taste.
- Size matters. Make sure all the ingredients you choose are bite-sized for easy snacking.
CHEX MIX WITH CINNAMON AND SUGAR: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No. I like the combination of flavors and texture using different varieties of Chex cereal gives the snack mix, but you can use a different combination if you prefer. Just be sure to use a total of 8 cups of chex cereal. You can also try replacing one type of chex with additional cereals such as cornflakes, Crispix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Cheerios.
Looking for other mix-in options? You can add more nuts, like pistachios, cashews, peanuts, or almonds. Or add some extra sweetness with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips. Just make sure you keep a similar ratio so the sauce and topping amount isn’t too much or too little.
Yes, if you wish to keep this amazing treat for longer than 2 weeks, transfer the cooled mix to a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
More Cinnamon Sugar Snacks and Desserts
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
- Easy Monkey Bread
- Ritz Churro Bites
- Apple Pie Filling Cookies
- Cinnamon Roll Apple Upside Down Cake
Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix
- 4 cups rice Chex
- 2 cups corn Chex
- 2 cups wheat Chex
- 1 ½ cups mini pretzels
- 1 ½ cups butter snap pretzels
- 1 ½ cups pecan halves
- 1 cup salted butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the crunchy topping:
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a large sheet tray with parchment paper; set aside.
- In an extra large mixing bowl, add the cereal, pretzels, and pecans. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Continue to cook and whisk until the sugars are dissolved– about 4-5 minutes.
- Pour the cinnamon sugar sauce over the Chex mix ingredients in the bowl. Use a silicone spatula to mix the ingredients together until everything is evenly coated.
- Place the coated Chex mix onto the prepared sheet tray in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, tossing the mixture around every 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow it to cool on the tray for 15 minutes. While the mixture is cooling, prepare the topping by stirring together the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
- Add the slightly cooled Chex mix back to the large bowl. Add the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to combine.
- Serve warm or allow the snack mix to cool completely if you want to store for later.