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Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies

My Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies make the perfect sweet treat any day of the week! Caramel, peanuts and nougat, yes please!

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

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!


Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

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.

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

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

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

Stir in your peanut butter then add your dry ingredients.

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

It’s PayDay time ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  I have to be honest, I don’t ever eat PayDays however, chopped up in these cookies…..they were perfect!

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

Give them a good chop.

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

Scoop the dough onto your baking sheet.

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

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.

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

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

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies

Happy Happy little cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

Peanut Butter Pay Day Cookies


Peanut Butter PayDay Cookies

Peanut Butter Pay Day CookiesPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20min


  • 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 F. 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.

Makes 12 Servings


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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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    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

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  21. 21

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

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  23. 23
    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?


    • 23.1
      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

    • 23.2
      Jenny says:

      I’d say 4 regular size would be just fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 24
    Eileen Ng says:

    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™‚

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    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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