Copycat Payday Bars

Today we’re sharing a recipe for Copycat Payday Bars.  These salted nut squares are the perfect no bake, sweet and salty treat!

All about Copycat Payday Bars

When it comes to candy and sweets everyone has their tried-and-true favorites that they stick with forever.  And when you find homemade versions of the ones you love, it is best to share.  These copycat payday candy bars are the perfect treat to have on hand whenever your peanut or peanut butter cravings strike…and boy will you be glad you had this recipe.

Not only do these bars taste just like the real deal, but they’re also pretty easy to make.  All you need are five ingredients, plus a stovetop or microwave.  You combine the butter and peanut butter chips together in a saucepan, then heat them until the mixture is melted and smooth, then all you do is pour in the sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows stirring until the mixture is smooth.  Pour half the salted peanuts to line the bottom of the pan, then pour the peanut marshmallow mixture on top, sprinkling the remaining peanuts over the smoothed out top layer.    

This treat comes together in a matter of minutes, and, before you know it, the bars are set and read to be sliced and served.  It’s a no-bake treat, meaning you can make this any time of the year without having to turn on your oven or heat up the kitchen – which is especially the worst on those hot summer days.  Making this recipe is a win-win in our book for sure!

Copycat Payday Bars

These peanut butter bars are a great no-bake, sweet and salty treat!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Pay Day Bars, Pay Day Bars, Pay Day Candy Bars, Salted Nut Bars
Servings 30 bars
Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 3 cups salted peanuts no skins
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • kosher salt or sea salt optional


  1. Place 1 1/2 cups peanuts in the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13" pan.

  2. Melt the butter and peanut butter chips in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth.

  3. Remove from heat. Stir in the condensed milk and marshmallows. Continue stirring until smooth and well-blended.

  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the peanuts in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups peanuts over the top of the peanut butter mixture. Slightly press to ensure that all the peanuts stick on both the top and bottom of this peanut marshmallow mixture. If saltier bars are desired, sprinkle lightly with salt.

  5. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Then, cut into bars. Bars can be served chilled or at room temperature.

How long will these bars keep?

These Payday Candy Bars will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for at least a week.  We’ve kept them for a little longer in the refrigerator.  Therefore, for longer storage move them to the refrigerator.

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