Listen, I my 12 year old self feels uncool saying this. BUT...my favorite candy bar is the Payday bar.
Happily, my 35 year old self feels a lot better about proudly declaring my Payday love with the world. But at 12, in a world where the biggest candy bar debate was Snickers v. Milky Way, I always felt like I should stay silent, preferring a non-chocolate containing candy bar like I did.
Doubly happy: as an adult I have my own kitchen to make my own Payday-inspired concoctions. These cookie bars are made with a melange of caramel, marshmallow, peanut butter, and salty peanuts, which rest atop a shortbread-like base. They are wonderful. They are sweet, salty, gooey, and ridiculously satisfying. They are like a dream never realized by my 12 year old self, but that tastes perfect in my mid-30s.
If you love Payday bars like I do, give these babies a try. You won't regret it! They're pretty darned easy to make.
Of course, if you're not a Payday fan, please leave this site and never come back.
Payday Cookie Bars
Makes one 9x9-inch pan (you decide how many servings)
For the crust
- 1 stick butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used chunky but smooth would actually probably work better)
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup salted peanuts, divided