Salted Nut Squares PAYDAY Bars Copycat

by Alli

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


Yield: 12 Bars

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

No-Bake Salted Nut Squares

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 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



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 425Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 9mgSodium 253mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 4gSugar 19gProtein 14g

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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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Paula Schuck September 2, 2016 - 9:18 am

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

Jeanette September 2, 2016 - 9:37 am

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

Stephanie Jeannot September 2, 2016 - 10:02 am

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

Heather @ Kraus House Mom September 2, 2016 - 11:44 am

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.

Pam September 2, 2016 - 11:46 am

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

lisa September 2, 2016 - 11:53 am

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

Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen September 2, 2016 - 3:45 pm

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

Sara-Jayne September 2, 2016 - 4:15 pm

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!

Liz Mays September 2, 2016 - 7:22 pm

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.

Jenny September 3, 2016 - 2:53 am

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

Rebecca Swenor September 3, 2016 - 3:58 am

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.

Michele d September 3, 2016 - 7:55 am

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!

Sarah September 3, 2016 - 3:53 pm

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

Bonnie @wemake7 September 3, 2016 - 9:56 pm

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

Amanda Love September 4, 2016 - 6:39 pm

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!

Annemarie LeBlanc September 5, 2016 - 2:17 am

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.

Ricci September 5, 2016 - 9:25 am

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

Garf September 5, 2016 - 10:15 am

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

Nancy Reyes September 7, 2016 - 2:03 pm

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

Anita September 8, 2016 - 6:22 am

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

Momina Arif September 8, 2016 - 2:18 pm

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

Elizabeth O. September 8, 2016 - 5:55 pm

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

Jill Wiley September 8, 2016 - 9:43 pm

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

Alli September 12, 2016 - 12:07 pm

I love that they are no-bake and so easy to make.

Rosey September 9, 2016 - 5:57 am

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

Alli September 12, 2016 - 12:07 pm

It’s a favorite with my family and I make it often. Good thing it’s so easy to make. Love the pun!

Karlaroundtheworld | Karla September 16, 2016 - 3:20 pm

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

Chuck September 18, 2016 - 12:38 am

Such a great recipe! Trying this next weekend!

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Marisa September 28, 2016 - 6:21 pm

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

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Masu May 30, 2019 - 5:55 am

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

Alli May 30, 2019 - 6:15 am

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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