So awhile back a post popped up in my Google Reader about these candy bars that are a rarity even in the country of their origination - the US of A. They're called Payday. Have you heard of them? Or even tried one?
Anyway, the post was a recipe for making a cookie bar type version of the candy bar. It looked delicious; studded with peanuts, chewy from marshmallows and a simple yellow cake base. Easy enough. I bookmarked it to make 'eventually' and promptly forgot about it. That actually happens to me a lot - how about you?
When Papa Bear, the Bear and I went to Trader Joes earlier this month, we stopped at a WalMart on our way home because I had a few free product coupons I wanted to use that were only good in the States. While standing in the checkout line, I spotted it - a Payday candy bar! For just a dollar, I added it to my basket.
Papa Bear had apparently not only heard of them - but has tried them before, so he let me rip the package open and have the first bite. Yep, it's a pretty good candy bar. When we got home, I printed out the cookie bar recipe and made it just a few days ago.
Honestly? These are really good. Almost too good. And they actually do have the flavor and texture of the Payday candy bar. Impressive! Give 'em a whirl:
Payday Cookie Bars
Framed via The Lonely Baker
Makes one 9x13 pan
1 box yellow cake mix
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 bag peanut butter chips
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup corn syrup (I substitute golden syrup)
2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts
Mix the cake mix, butter and egg; press into a slightly greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden. Sprinkle marshmallows over top of crust. Bake for another 5 minutes.
Melt chips, butter, rice cereal and corn syrup in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in cereal and peanuts. Pour over base and spread evenly. Cool, cut into squares.
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