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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