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."


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