Sweet Chex Mix Recipe: Oven Baked

This sweet Chex mix recipe (oven baked) is the perfect snack for those chilly fall days. Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar add the best flavor!

sweet chex mix recipe on cookie sheet

One of my favorite things in the world is a crunchy snack. I love to munch on potato chips, crackers, and just about anything else that falls into that category. The recipe I’m sharing today is quite simply, delicious. It’s also addicting, so watch out! This sweet Chex mix recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy…which in my book, is a match made in heaven. 

sweet chex mix recipe on cookie sheet

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Sweet Chex Mix Recipe Tips

  • This sweet Chex mix is lightly coated and very crunchy. If you would like a thicker coating, the ingredients can be increased. Just use 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 3 teaspoons of vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. 
  • For a gluten free snack: substitute gluten free pretzels for regular pretzels, and use Brach’s Natural Sources Candy Corn. The traditional Brach’s candy corn is not gluten free.
  • This recipe fit perfectly in four quart-size mason jars. (They also help with portion control!)
  • This sweet Chex mix recipe can, of course, be adapted to any season. For Christmas, add red & green M & M’s. For the spring and summer months, add mini marshmallows, raisins, or Craisins. 

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Sweet Chex Mix Recipe: Oven Baked

This sweet Chex mix recipe (oven baked) is the perfect snack for those chilly fall days. Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar add the best flavor!
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4.86 from 7 votes
Servings: 10 cups
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 to 2 cups candy corn


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add all cereals, pretzels, and peanuts. Set aside.
  • Put butter in a small microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave, about 1 minute.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice to the melted butter.
  • Stir very well and pour over the cereal mixture.
  • Gently toss the cereal/butter mixture until well mixed.
  • Pour cereal mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven every 15 minutes and toss the mixture so it bakes evenly.
  • Cool completely.
  • Add candy corn and toss so everything is mixed together.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for a fall festival bake sale and it is so good! I doubled the dry ingredients and tripled the wet, and will definitely make this again :)

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds so nummy. One of our favorites is to mix candy corn with dry roasted peanuts. Tastes like a Minnesota creation Salted Nut Roll😋

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this Chex mix recipe tonight and it is delicious! What a wonderful recipe.
    We handed out a few quart jars to neighbors, as my husband and I couldn’t possibly eat 4 quarts!

    In the next few days, I plan on trying your breakfast cookies!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog, website and beautiful ideas!
    I appreciate it!
    Have a great rest of the week!

  4. 5 stars
    My family and I love snacks such as this. I will be making this tomorrow. Yours looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.
    I just found your site through stonegableblog.com

    1. 5 stars
      I made this last year for my friends at work! It was very much appreciated and gobbled up quickly!

  5. Debra Braundmeier says:

    I made this for my husband this week and he loves it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. If the mix only lasts a week, how can you give as a gift, making in advance and without telling the recipient to eat right away?

    1. Although I have not tried it with this recipe, I use wide mouth canning jars and a vacuum seal pump to seal up the jars of a wide variety of foods.

      Since I don’t eat a lot of cereal, I’ll probably seal the extra chex in their own jars, or even make a jars of the three flavors and the pretzels to make it easier to make up an new batch of treats.

  7. Elaine Cunningham says:

    An easy and tasty recipe!!! Thanks, Ann! Since it is still so hot, I decided to make mine in the crockpot (a different yet similar recipe suggested) for 3 hours on low, stirring every hour and every 15 minutes the last hour. It turned out beautifully!

  8. To make this at Christmas-time, do you use pumpkin spice flavor or something else?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Cynthia! Yes I think you could still use the pumpkin pie spice, but a good substitute would be cinnamon…maybe mixed with a little nutmeg. Enjoy!

  9. Ann, I love your website. On days when I don’t have time to read everything in my mailbox I always read yours. I have decorated with navy blue, camel, and cream for years and also like to change my decorations with the holidays and seasons. Your home gives me fun and practical ideas. I have prepared numerous recipes of yours which are always delicious. I will be trying this Sweet Chex Mix recipe as soon as I can go to the store for the ingredients. Looking forward to your next post.

  10. I want to make some but I have never liked candy corn. So I will put orange m and m’s in it. I crave potato chips. I don’t know why.
    I tell my son 1 bag and bless him he brings me 2. I am going to make Christmas mix for Christmas. Since I lost all my belongings I find I want a simpler life. Still want comfy couches but all the other things I had to let go of. Christmas decorations I have had for 40 years. My mom’s wood reindeer. Her china. My thanksgiving Turkey plate my son’s father bought for he and I the first year we were married. Along with my Betty Crocker cookbook. It is hard not to be sad. But it also means I have learned I don’t need everything I had. New traditions.

  11. Ann,
    I’m new to your blog and I just wanted to tell you how much I love it! I’ve been printing recipe after recipe from your collection. Thank you for the breath of fresh air in my inbox and for the great inspirations you share here. I’m a native Southern Californian but we bought a house in Indiana to spend some months away from the craziness and I finally feel so much peace here. You have captured the heart of this east Midwest area of the country and all of the gorgeous green, changing leaves and kindness I love so much! Not to mention that you are Catholic Mom, another thing I deeply appreciate! Thank you! ❤

  12. Ann- girl, you are a delight to me! I LOVE your website, it’s among my favorites! I always look forward to seeing your email entry in my thread!
    Keep up the great work! You are a gift from God to us all!