If you love Payday candy bars, here’s a Payday cookie bars version just for you. This easy recipe is full of peanut butter and marshmallow deliciousness and will leave you wanting just one more, that’s how good they are!
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. And if you can’t find an actual Payday bar (or even if you can!), these Payday cookie bars are the next best thing!
Ingredients you need to make this sweet peanut Treat!
Here’s how you make this peanut deliciousness!
Mix a box of yellow cake mix with some butter and an egg and press into a slightly greased 9X13 pan. Bake it up at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden.
Take it out of the oven, sprinkle some mini marshmallows over the top of the crust and bake for another five minutes.
Melt some peanut butter chips, a little more butter and some corn syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in some puffed rice cereal and (yep!) peanuts.
Pour this glorious mixture over the whole pan and spread evenly.
Let it cool and then cut your Payday Bars into squares. Small squares. Trust me on this.
More tips for making this peanut-packed treat!
They are usually in the baking aisle of your friendly neighborhood supermarket, right next to their chocolate chip cousins.
It can! Make it a day ahead and they will still be all kinds of delicious.
You can, and you can also use honey roasted, which is my absolute favorite variation on this recipe.
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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 in bulk!
Anyway, this three-step recipe is so dang easy — honestly, the hardest part of this entire thing was cutting the final product into squares.
This is rich and dense and chewy, so docut those squares small. A little of this fabulous recipe goes a very long way!
Which also goes to show you…always listen to the Southern husband. :)
If you love Payday candy bars, here’s a Payday cookie bars version just for you! This easy recipe is full of peanut butter and marshmallow deliciousness!
Layer One: The Crust
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
Layer Two: The Marshmallows
- 2 cups of mini marshmallows
Layer Three: The Peanutty Deliciousness
- 1 bag peanut butter chips
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- Mix all of the ingredients, press into a slightly greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden.
- Sprinkle marshmallows over top of crust. Bake for another 5 minutes
- Melt chips, butter and corn syrup in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in cereal and peanuts. Poor over base and spread evenly. Cool, cut into squares. Small squares. Trust me on this.
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