NO BAKE PAYDAY NUT SQUARES

This is one of those recipes that I’m almost embarrassed to share. Don’t get me wrong. These little squares are quite tasty. It’s just that they’re so easy to make that it seems almost wrong.

There’s plenty to like about these salty treats. First of all, peanut butter is always welcome with my taste buds. That is, of course, enhanced by all the peanuts. And, for a girl who really is not a fan of them, the marshmallows work beautifully. Plus, they have that wonderful sweet and salty thing going for them.
With only 5 ingredients and no baking involved, you can have these bars whipped up in short order. As much as most of us bake around the holidays, this is a perfect recipe to have in your arsenal for parties and gifts.

Reviews about the recipe:

“This worked out so good, I will never buy the Pay Day Candy Bar again! After reading the other comments, I made this in a half sheet cake pan and it came out nicely. I doubled the nuts and added sea salt to half of it. I will make this again and again. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing.”

“Made exactly per recipe. Very nice and EASY! Folks eat-em-up. Tastes like a “Payday” for fraction of cost if ingredients bought in discount stores. Have made many batches. I tried the “adding more nuts suggestion.” Looks nice on the dish. But a bit too salty and nutty for me. Original recipe is a good balance of sweet and salt as is. Thanks for a great recipe.”

NO BAKE PAYDAY NUT SQUARES

Five ingredients are all you need to make these Salted Nut Squares. A great no-bake sweet and salty treat!
makes 30 bars

Ingredients:

3 cups salted peanuts (no skins), divided

2 & 1/2 tablespoons butter

2 cups peanut butter chips

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

2 cups miniature marshmallows

kosher salt or sea salt, optional

Instructions:

Place 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts in the bottom of an ungreased 11″x 7″ pan.

Melt butter and peanut butter chips in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth.

Remove from heat. Stir in condensed milk and marshmallows. Continue stirring until smooth and well-blended.

Pour peanut butter mixture over peanuts in pan. Sprinkle remaining 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts over top of peanut butter mixture. If saltier bars are desired, sprinkle lightly with salt.

Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Then, cut into bars. Bars can be served chilled or at room temperature.

Notes:

These can be made in a 9″x 13″ pan. Use another cup of peanuts, divided between the bottom of the pan and the top of the bars. The same amount of filling will work and give you slightly thinner bars.