Monday, July 9, 2012

Homemade Payday Bars or Salted Nut Bars

For our 4th of July celebration I made a tray of homemade Payday bars and promised to share the recipe.   What's a PAYDAY?  Oh SO money of course!   But a Payday candybar is pretty sweet to have too.  It's salted caramel peanut butter goodness.   

image used from google

 And this is the homemade version from this housewife's kitchen!

Do you know what you'll especially love about this recipe?  

It's quick, and easy, and oh so good. 

This recipe, Salted Nut Squares, is from Taste of Home.


  • 3 cups salted peanuts without skins, divided
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows


  • Place half of the peanuts in an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. dish; set
  • aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter chips over
  • low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Add milk and
  • marshmallows; stir until melted.
  • Pour over peanuts. Sprinkle the remaining peanuts. Cover and
  • refrigerate until chilled. Cut into bars. Yield: 30 servings.  

These bars have just the right amount of chew,
just the right amount of crunch,
just the right amount of sweet,
just the right amount of salty.
They're the bomb dot com. ;)

Oh and did I mention they're super easy to eat up, I mean whip up?

As most of you know, I {double love} hosting special parties.  After making these bars, I thought of a fun idea for a dessert bar theme: a homemade candy bar buffet! I've made a s'more buffet before, the traditional candy buffet, a mini pie bar, and a classic dessert buffet for previous parties.  I may just do a homemade candybar dessert buffet for a future party now!

If you want to create a homemade candybar buffet for your next party, I've gathered up some recipes from our www for you in addition to this Payday Bar recipe:

Homemade Twix
Homemade Butterfinger
Homemade Milky Ways
Homemade Snickers
Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Those are just a few ideas.  I really want to create a dessert bar based on this homemade candybar theme now.   Please let me know if you do this, I would LOVE to see how it works out!

And now we know...
There is more to a Payday than money...

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Vanessa said...

Oh my! These look so delicious. I love paydays, so these will def. make it on my list of things to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Anonymous said...

They look delicious..I can't wait to make them..Have a great week..

Carrie Rowe said...

These look so yummy!!! Pinning them now, so I can make them later.

Kathy Walker said...

Paydays are great. I had no idea how easy they are to make. Love your photos! said...

I am pinning this ASAP!!! I love Paydays! My son just asked yesterday if we could buy some, now I can make them at home! Yeah!

Anonymous said...

Always liked those candy bars. Your recipe sounds amazing, and good.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Oh YES! Those look great! Saw you over at TT&J!!

annies home said...

love the sound of these and they look awesome as well come see what we shared at

Julie said...

I have made these, it is really good. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:

Michelle said...

I made these this evening...SOO yummy! Thanks for this easy recipe!!

Jenn said...

I love Pay Day bars and I bet a homemade version is to die for!

Barb Camp/ Second Chance to Dream said...

My husband and son are gonna love you! Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe.

Athena @ Lifes Abundant Adventures said...

Looks Delish!! Pinning :)

Unknown said...

Oh YUM!! I have to try these! And they do sound simple - yay! :)

Unknown said...

I always thought you'd have to use caramel in them... I guess that is what the sweetened condensed milk does :) can't wait to try these!