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This classic crunchy cereal snack mix is coated with butter and savory seasonings, then baked until crispy and delicious in the oven. Homemade Chex mix is a Christmas time must have in our family, but we love it all year!

bowl of classic chex with cereals, pretzels and peanuts mix ready to eat.

This classic Chex mix recipe is perfect.  Each piece is coated with savory seasoned goodness, and it is baked to crisp perfection. 

There are no little packets of mix to remember, just simple ingredients you are likely to already have in your pantry. It is good for holiday gatherings, parties, road trip snacks, and more. 

Jar of crunchy chex mix with a variety of cereals, cheese crackers, peanuts and more.

Chex mix is another one of my family’s Christmas staples.  My grandma used to make huge tubs of it for when we were all around.

My mom makes it every year, too.  My brother Clint can eat his weight in it.

My brother K.C. says Chex Mix is his favorite Christmas cookie! 😉

I remember getting out the Chex mix pan and making it every year.  You coat the goodies in seasonings and butter, then bake it, stirring every so often until it is just right.

Old aluminum roasting pan ready to be filled with chex mix.
Our family’s official chex mix pan, my great-grandma’s roasting pan.

So imagine my surprise when all of the chex mix recipes had you “bake” it in the microwave!  Not my chex mix!

I had the official chex mix pan out and ready to go.  I wasn’t turning to the microwave now.  So, I finally found a recipe and made it the way I remembered it.  Yum!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade Chex Mix last?

Make sure to cool your Chex mix completely, then transfer it to airtight containers. It can be stored at room temperature for a couple of weeks. If you have made more than you can eat in a few weeks, you can put some in freezer bags and freeze it for later.

Can I mix and match the ingredients in this Chex mix?

Of course! If you like different crackers, cereal or whatever in your Chex mix have fun playing with the exact items you put in. Or if you don’t like peanuts, or pretzels, or whatever substitute something else. Just keep the ratio of bits to spices about the same and you should be in good shape.

large roasting pan filled with chex mix ingredients ready to bake.

More great snack mix recipes:

If you love this but want to do something a little bit different, try my recipe for dilly ranch Chex mix.  It is a lot of the same basic ingredients but with a completely different seasoning profile.

Or for a smaller batch of ranch goodness, try making dill and ranch oyster crackers. They take soup crackers to the next level of savory yuminess.

For a sweet and salty cereal mix, try caramel crispix mix.  It is finished in the microwave, so it is extra quick and easy!

For a trail mix inspired cereal snack, try my peanut butter maple snack mix.  It is all the goodness of gorp with a fun twist.

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bowl of classic chex with cereals, pretzels and peanuts mix ready to eat.

Chex Mix Oven Recipe

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
This classic Chex mix is perfect. Each pieces is coated with savory seasoned goodness and it is baked to crisp perfection. There are no little packets of mix to remember, just simple ingredients you are likely to already have in your pantry. It is good for holiday gatherings, parties, road trip snacks and more.
4.69 from 29 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups corn Chex
  • 3 cups rice Chex
  • 3 cups wheat Chex
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups cheese crackers


  • Preheat oven to 250°F
  • Place butter in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Put in oven until butter is melted.
    6 Tablespoons butter
  • Stir in Worcestershire, seasoned salt, garlic and onion powders.
    2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1½ teaspoons seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Stir in cereal peanuts, pretzels and cheese crackers.
    3 cups corn Chex, 3 cups rice Chex, 3 cups wheat Chex, 1 cup peanuts, 2 cups pretzels, 2 cups cheese crackers
  • Bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Spread baked Chex mix out over wax paper and allow to cool completely before placing in an airtight container to store.


Feel free to mix and match your favorite cereals, crackers etc to customize your mix. Just keep the general proportions the same.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 243mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Krystal K

Friday 15th of December 2023

Hi! Not sure if I missed it, but how long will this last in and airtight container? Like if I sealed them in a foodsaver bag? I want to make them in advance to hand out in a week.


Friday 15th of December 2023

You can store it for a couple of weeks, especially if they are sealed. Just make sure the Chex mix is completely cooled before you try to package it. That way there won't be any steam or condensation and it will stay crispy longer. Enjoy!

Tracy T

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

It’s in the oven! So easy and going to be delicious! I did sub oyster/soup crackers for the wheat Chex’s and mixed nuts for peanuts. Yum!


Thursday 14th of December 2023

Both great substitutions, it's going to be fabulous!

Phaedra Chaney

Friday 16th of December 2022

Do you let this cool in the pan or spread it out on paper towels or parchment paper?


Friday 16th of December 2022

That's a great question. I usually spread it out so it cools more quickly and everything has a chance to get good and crunchy. Once it's completely cool transfer it to airtight containers for storage.

Ken Frey

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Is the pan covered or uncovered while in the oven?


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Uncovered, you want it to get nice and crispy.


Sunday 29th of November 2020

So many fun memories all wrapped up in a tasty bowl of goodness!


Friday 4th of December 2020

I agree. It's probably time to make another batch!