Thursday, April 21, 2022

Copycat Payday Bars

My friend, Marsha, at The Better Baker made these Copycat Payday Bars recently.

I had to try them and share with my family for Easter.  They were a big hit!  I saved a few to have at home.

I'm using this brown transferware stacked teapot for one that a neighbor gave to me.  


Marsha recently sent me this pretty tea towel and some teas to enjoy.  She saw it while shopping and thought of me.  Isn't it beautiful? It'll be one that i hang for decoration as it's too pretty to use.  

Darling Cissy FINALLY got her braces off after 3-1/2 years!!  Doesn't she look beautiful??

Yield: 24-48, depending on size cut
Author: Kitty, and slightly adapted from Marsha at
Copycat Payday Bars

Copycat Payday Bars

These little bars are really tasty, and such an easy candy to make. Cut them small, and you'll have lots to share.


  • 1-1/2 jars (16 ozs. each) dry roasted lightly salted peanuts
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag (10 ozs.) Reese's peanut butter chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt


  1. Spray a 9 x13" pan with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Add 1 jar of peanuts in even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan; set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium/low heat.
  4. Add marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter chips to saucepan; stir well.
  5. Continue cooking over med/low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove from heat; add salt and vanilla and stir to blend.
  7. Carefully pour this mixture over the peanuts in the pan, using a spatula to even out marshmallow mixture.
  8. Sprinkle a half jar over the top of this mixture, pressing lightly into the filling.
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into bars or small squares.

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. Oh those sound yummy! I bet Cissy was so glad to finally have her braces off; my middle son had them for a very long time and kept playing with his teeth for weeks afterwards remarking on how smooth and weird it felt to not have metal all over his mouth.

  2. molly

    (I knew it was too good to last. Back to a copy and paste.)

    Oh my what a smile. I didn't think it possible to be any better. So happy for her. I remember when my daughter had her braces was a celebration.

    The Paydays look delicious!

  3. Yum! I love paydays, and that recipe looks easy! Cissy is a beauty, and I agree the towel is best for display, so pretty.

  4. I can't believe how grown up Cissy is! Beautiful girl! Thank GOODNESS I don't like PayDay bars hahahahaha! Finally a recipe on your site that won't tempt me lol!!

  5. Those bars look so good and thanks for the recipe to make them. I hope you enjoy the rest of the week Kitty.

  6. These unbaked bars are always so toothsome and delicious. It's hard to stop at one! Congratulations to beautiful Cissy on the removal of her braces. Have a great week, Kitty.

  7. Hi Kitty,

    Your towel and teapot are so pretty -- such nice gifts!! Those PayDay bars look and sound delicious; can you believe I've never had a PayDay? I'm not a big candy bar lover, for the most part. Maybe it's just me, but I think Cissy looks very much like you -- the hair color, eye color, and now her smile. :D Thank you for sharing this recipe, Kitty. I hope you're having a lovely spring!!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  8. Oh my goodness, Cissy must be so happy to have those braces off - they certainly did a wonderful job - her smile is contagious ♥

  9. Oh, I can remember getting my own braces off, what a glorious day. She has a beautiful smile!

  10. Oh my goodness. I love a Payday bar! Cissy looks so beautiful! But, she was beautiful with braces too. I am going to pin this recipe or copy it. I need to try this. Hugs and blessings to you dear Kitty. Cindy

  11. Oh what a lovely post! Thanks much for sharing this tasty irresistible recipe for candy to make yourself. Very happy you love the could I not think of you when I saw it??? =) Cissy looks SO grown up and beautiful! What a thrill to get that metal off her teeth. So happy to see this. Take good care - blessings & hugs! XO

  12. Cissy does look beautiful and so very grown up. Such lovely gifts you were gifted, Kitty. Sitting at your lovely laid out table and listening to the running water of your pond must be so very pretty.

  13. Oh what a beautiful smile, fitting for a beautiful girl! Love your pretty tea towel and teapot Kitty! Your bars look like a delicious treat. ♥

  14. I used to love PayDay bars, what a fun recipe! Yes, Cissy is beautiful, I know she’s over the moon to be out of braces! Have a great week Kitty, your teapot and new tea towel are adorable!

  15. How beautiful Cissy is! Great gifts. Hugs and blessings.

  16. That tea for one is adorable - looks delicious at that sweet table!

  17. Aw, such a sweet gift from your friend! I agree it is too beautiful to use! So happy your sweet granddaugher was able to get her braces off. What a joyous occasion! I agree, she is so beautiful - like you, sweet friend. God bless you always.

  18. OOOOHHHH PayDays are an absolute fav - right behind Reese Cups!

    Cissy looks so pretty! Wow it sure has been fun watching her grow into such a beautiful young lady - inside and out. That smile is going to charm the world!

    Just getting back from vacay - so nice to come home to perfect weather. Loving having all the windows open and breathing in the fresh air! Big hugs. ♥

  19. What a beautiful smile! I'll bet she's delighted to have them off and enjoy wonderful treats like you make again - especially the ones that get stuck in the braces. :) Your copycat Paydays look so good, Kitty!

  20. OMG how I used to LOVE PayDay bars!!!!! I dare not make this recipe, I will eat the entire pan! How beautiful Cissy is!! Just beautiful!

  21. Love the pretty tea towel! I'm embarrassed to admit how many decorative tea-themed towels that I have. LOL.

    Congrats to Cissy on getting her braces off! Her smile looks fabulous!

  22. I had to come back to tell you dear Kitty. I have those pay day bars in my frig. now! I had to use your recipe to make a batch. Hope to post next week. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  23. We have featured your awesome post on Full Plate Thursday, 586. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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