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Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies

Sharing our favorite way to eat a Payday Candy Bar today! My Peanut Butter Cookies make the perfect sweet treat any day of the week! Caramel, peanuts and nougat, yes please!

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Payday Candy Bar

Who doesn’t love a Payday Candy Bar?!! So excited to share my newest cookies with you today. This flavor combo was recommended to me by my mother and father-in-law, Reed and Lori last week. They called me and said, you have got to do a PayDay cookie. You didn’t have to twist my arm. Creating new cookies is one of my favorite things to do, so I got to work and developed this fun new cookie! Enjoy!

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Here’s your line up of ingredients. I used the King Size PayDay bars, but if you can’t find those the regular ones will work just fine.

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Cream your butter and sugars then add your egg and vanilla.

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Stir in your peanut butter then add your dry ingredients.

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It’s PayDay time 🙂   I have to be honest, I don’t ever eat PayDays however, chopped up in these cookies…..they were perfect!

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Give them a good chop.

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Scoop the dough onto your baking sheet.

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Take a fork and gently press each cookie. They won’t go too far because of the PayDay chunks, so just a little is fine.

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You are going to love the caramel and peanut chunks throughout these cookies. Chewy and fabulous!

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Happy Happy little cookies 🙂

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Tips For Making The Best Cookies

  1. Don’t alter the recipe, use all ingredients as listed.
  2. For a more firm cookie, refrigerate your cookie dough for 24 hours before baking.
  3. Always use butter, not margarine.  ALWAYS.  I prefer salted butter for my chocolate chip cookies.  Try it!
  4. Do not ever grease your cookie sheets.  Will make cookies spread and change texture.
  5. Don’t skip creaming your butter and sugars for a good 2 minutes.  Helps create a fluffy, chewy cookie.
  6. Try sprinkling dough with just a touch of salt for a perfect sweet and salty combination.
  7. Don’t overtake your cookies.  Cookies will continue to cook on hot cookie sheet when removed from oven.
  8. Let cookies cool completely before storing in containers. This will keep their crispness
  9. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for 3 days room temperature.
Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best cookies, best cookies in the world, best cookies recipe, best peanut butter cookies, chewy peanut butter cookies, easy peanut butter cookie recipe, easy peanut butter cookies, homemade peanut butter cookies, how to make peanut butter cookies, payday candy bar, peanut butter cookies recipe, the best cookies
Servings: 12
Calories: 264 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 XL PayDay candy bars cut into cubes
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. Place butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl. Cream until well combined. Add egg and vanilla, stirring to combine. Stir in peanut butter then add flour, baking soda, salt and PayDay chunks. Stir until dough forms. With medium cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking sheet, 1 inch apart. With the tines of a fork, press each cookie slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing. Enjoy warm or room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 235mg10%
Potassium 150mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 43IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1
    Carissa Rasouli says:

    Oh my goodness! I am SO going to the grocery store to grab up those candy bars to make the cookies to pack in my hubby’s work lunchbox! Thanks for such a creative yet simple cookie!

  2. 2

    Love Payday bars AND Pb! These are right up my alley, Jenny!

  3. 3

    I love payday bars but these look so much better than the store version. What guy doesn’t love peanut butter. When I need a pick me up before my workout one of those little guys will be the perfect solution!

  4. 4
    Sues says:

    I love when my family and friends request specific new recipes and they come out fabulously. I haven’t had a Payday candy bar in ages and these look awesome!

  5. 5

    Paydays are a totally under-appreciated candy bar. Love that you turned them into a cookie! Double the fun (so I’ll take double the cookies)

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    I haven’t had a Pay Day since high school! I better make these cookies!

  7. 7

    I loved paydays in college. For some reason during those years they were my go-to candy bar. These cookies sound fantastic because I always thought the only thing to may paydays better was to add some peanut butter!

  8. 8

    I literally ate like four mini paydays a month ago when I found a stash at my parent’s house – THEY’RE SO GOOD!! Love these cookies, Jenny!!

  9. 9

    OMG- I forgot how much I lOVE paydays!!! these looks so good Jenny!!

  10. 10

    I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Payday, but I want these cookies!

  11. 11

    I haven’t had a Payday since I was a kid! I have great memories of walking to the corner store to buy one once I had my allowance for the week. I’ll definitely be pinning these for later!

  12. 12
    Amanda says:

    oh my goodness. yum!! pay day candy bars are a favorite of mine. these cookies look delicious.

  13. 13

    these really do look fabulous! love this flavor combo!

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  15. 15

    I’ve never had a Payday, but to be honest, I could happily skip the introduction and go straight to your cookies, Jenny! xox

  16. 16
    Karen says:

    Love paydays! Healthy candy bar! Salty, sweet. And crunchy! These cookies will be amazing!

  17. 17
    Gaby says:

    What a great cookie combo!

  18. 18

    My husband wold LOVE these cookies!! LOVE!

  19. 19

    Paydays are my weakness! I need these cookies asap. Love that they’re peanut butter cookies too.

  20. 20

    I love pay day bars! They were one of my top favs when I was little!

  21. 21
    Laura says:

    I picked up regular size Payday candy bars at the grocery store, not the XL like the recipe calls for. How many of the regular size should I use to make the 3 XL? 6?


    • 21.1
      Laura says:

      I think I figured it out based on net weight of the King Size vs. the regular.

      How many cookies does this recipe make? It says 12 servings. Does that mean 12 cookies? Doesn’t seem like that is going to go very far! LOL

    • 21.2
      Jenny says:

      I’d say 4 regular size would be just fine 🙂

  22. 22
    Eileen Ng says:

    hi 🙂 What ingredients can replace for payday bar? i don’t think my country is selling of this. if normal peanuts? Is it ok? thanks 🙂

  23. 23
    Susan says:

    Got a similar question as Eileen Ng who lives outside of the US. Is there another candy bar one can substitute for the Pay Days?

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