Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies

5 from 1 vote

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 Pay Day Cookies
5 from 1 vote

Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies

These chewy PayDay cookies are a must-make recipe for peanut lovers!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 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


  • Preheat oven 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  • 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.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: best cookie recipes, easy peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookies

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32 Responses
  1. Michelle J, Cave Creek AZ

    5 stars
    I noticed my boss eating a PayDay bar just before his birthday. When I did a search this recipe came up and I decided I would bake these for him. He LOVED them. This is my new favorite cookie to bake. Thank you!

  2. Susan

    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?

  3. Eileen Ng

    hi ๐Ÿ™‚ What ingredients can replace for payday bar? i don’t think my country is selling of this. if normal peanuts? Is it ok? thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Laura

    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?


    1. Laura

      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

  5. Laura Dembowski

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

  6. Aimee @ Simple Bites

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

  7. Amanda

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

  8. Heather@Shards of Lavender

    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!

  9. Julie @ Table for Two

    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!!

  10. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    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!

  11. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    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)

  12. Sues

    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!

  13. Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    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!

  14. Carissa Rasouli

    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!

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