Easy Payday Bars

  • Yield servings

"I first tried these yummy snack bars when a friend made them for a church ladies gathering. It was my most favorite dish there, and it quickly became a favorite for my family. I made these to sell at a fundraiser for my young grandson, who has leukemia, and folks were coming back on the second day, wanting to know if there were more Payday Bars. I have the ingredients for this always on hand, and the recipe is so easy and simple, I have it memorized."


1 cup white sugar
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 cup (smooth or crunchy) peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup nuts, optional


  1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar and Karo – boil 1 minute.
  2. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla and stir until blended.
  3. Pour over rice chex in large bowl and mix well.
  4. Press into a 9″ X 13″ Pam-sprayed dish.
  5. Cool & serve.

The longer you boil the sugar and Karo, the stiffer the mixture is. I make sure it’s boiling all over, but don’t boil hard for 1 minute because I like the gooier finished product.

—Marsha Baker, Pioneer, Ohio



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