Salted Nut Squares PAYDAY Bars Copycat

These Salted Nut Squares remind me of PAYDAY candy bars. They are the perfect sweet-salty snack that the entire family loves. 

If you like PAYDAY bars, you’re going to love these bars. I’ve been making these babies for years because they are one of my most requested snacks.

The grandkids start asking for these bars every time we begin planning a family beach vacation. I usually make them 2-3 times during the week of our vacation. I have a large family and they go like hotcakes with my crowd! 

When I bite into one of these squares, I immediately think of an old favorite – PAYDAY candy bar. To me, it tastes just like a PAYDAY.

The sweetened condensed milk, marshmallows, and the melted peanut butter chips meld together to form a nougat-like center – just like a PAYDAY.

5-Ingredient No-Bake Salted Nut Squares remind me of a PAYDAY candy bar. This is one snack that the family requests over and over. Click the photo to get the recipe or save for later.

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

To make these, you’ll need salted peanuts without the skins, butter, peanut butter chips, sweetened condensed milk, and mini marshmallows.

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

Place half the peanuts in a baking pan. Melt the butter and peanut butter chips in a saucepan over low heat. Add milk and marshmallows and cook until melted.

Salted Nut Squares

Pour over peanuts.

How to Make Salted Nut Squares

Sprinkle the remaining peanuts over the top and press gently.

Salted Nut Squares

Refrigerate until firm.

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares


 No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

Yield: 12 Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

These no-bake salted nut squares taste just like a PAYDAY candy bar! These squares are favorites with the grandkids.


  • 3 cups salted peanuts without skins, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups (12 oz) peanut butter chips
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows


  1. Place half of the peanuts in an ungreased 11x7x2" baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter chips over low heat. Add sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows. Cook and stir until melted.
  3. Pour mixture over peanuts. Sprinkle the remaining nuts on top. Press lightly.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 425 Total Fat 30g Saturated Fat 8g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 18g Cholesterol 9mg Sodium 253mg Carbohydrates 29g Fiber 4g Sugar 19g Protein 14g
Fortunately, no one in my family is allergic to peanuts, so this is my go-to snack when I need something quick, delicious and easy to make.

Finished Product - No-Bake Salted Nut Squares - tastes just like a PAYDAY.

Every single time I serve Salted Nut Squares, someone asks for the recipe. These bars are great for road trips since they don’t have to be heated or refrigerated once they are firm.

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

Did I mention that these taste just like a PAYDAY candy bar?

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About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!


  1. Winner! I love nom nom recipes like this that are super easy to make. I love that there are only five ingredients!

  2. I am totally craving this right now (6 am is not too early to eat candy RIGHT?). This looks SO good!

  3. Ooh I have to try this recipe put. Paydays are my favorite kind of candy bar. Yummy!

  4. Paydays are one of my favorite candy bars. I need to make these immediately. Since they’re no bake, I can see my weight loss goals going right down the tubes.

  5. These look so good! I love nuts and peanut butter so these would be right up my alley. They sound easy to make too.

  6. These look so good! I love nuts and anything with nuts in them. I’ll have to try this recipe.

  7. Oh my gosh, these do look just like a Payday (and I LOVE Paydays)! Saved and making very soon. Yummmm.

  8. My boys love the taste of peanuts but other than peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces, they never get them in anything more exciting – these look fabulous!

  9. Oh these sound super tasty. I do love Payday bars so I bet I’d enjoy these. I can’t believe they’re so easy to make.

  10. Yummy. I like paydays, so ill have to try this recipe. Thanks!

  11. Rebecca Swenor says

    Payday candy bars are one of my favorite candy bars. This salted nut square recipe is something I am going to have to make for sure. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

  12. Wow! These salted nut squares look amazing. I didn’t realize how easy it is to make them. I will try your recipe soon for my family. I bet they would love it!

  13. These look super delicious. I will have to make some for sure. I bet we would devour them here.

  14. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    Oh my gosh! Those look super yummy! I’m glad to hear they taste like a payday.

  15. Peanut butter is a crowd favorite and you can never go wrong with it! I think this is an easy recipe that everyone in the house will love. It looks so decadent!

  16. Awesome! I love desserts like these that are easy to make and no bake! I will make a large batch for the house and give some to my granddaughter to give to her kindergarten teacher.

  17. Um…. Yum! These look awesome! I am going to make these for the next game day gathering!

  18. These sound good. I love nuts but I prefer them to be boiled skin-on with salt.

  19. Looks really good and so very easy to make. Something I could make with Devon and have him help me

  20. These look and sound amazing. I love payday candy bars.

  21. I love this recipe, always wanted to make this at home

  22. Elizabeth O. says

    I love how easy this one is to make! It’s so decadent and it will definitely satisfy your cravings for anything sweet!

  23. These look fabulous! My daughter is the baker in the family… but I might need to have her make some! 🙂

  24. Oh boy I am nuts for this recipe. Mm hm pun intended bu tit’s totally true!

  25. What a perfect combination. I am an avid (maybe weird) enthusiast of peanuts and milk so this really hits my bell!

  26. Such a great recipe! Trying this next weekend!

  27. YUM!!!! I love Salted Caramel. this is just as good!

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  29. Yumm. We dont get peanut chips what option can i use to make these. Thanx

    • You could possibly use peanut butter in place of the chips. The consistency would be different. If you try it, let me know how it goes.


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