I have learned so many, many things from the Southern husband. For example: convertibles are light-years better than regular cars. Few meals in life are better than crayfish steamed in Old Bay spices and chased with Dixie beer. All the words to more Springsteen songs than I can count. And Payday candy bars.
Before he bought me my first Payday bar, lo these many years ago, I foolishly thought that all candy bars needed to involve chocolate. Not so…the wonderful Payday bar is peanuts and caramel with not a bit of chocolate anywhere, and it is GOOD. You don’t see them around too often, but when you do, it’s well worth buying one. Or two. So I was so excited to when I ran across this recipe for a cookie version of a Payday bar.
This is the third dessert in a row that I have made with yellow cake mix as a base…what does this MEAN? Probably that I should start buying yellow cake mix at Costco. (Any excuse to go to Costco!) Anyway, this is a three-step recipe, and each of the steps are easy — honestly, the hardest part of this entire thing was cutting the final product into squares. This is rich and dense and chewy, so cut those squares small. A little of this fabulous recipe goes a very long way!
So with thanks to The Lonely Baker, where I first spied this recipe, here they are!
Layer One: The Crust
Layer Two: The Marshmallows
Layer Three: The Peanutty Deliciousness