Pay Day Cookies

by aimee @ shugarysweets on September 23, 2011

Pay Day Cookies: Peanut butter, candy corn and peanuts create a #copycat Payday flavor!
I love this time of year. I love jeans, and hoodies, and fall colors. I love anything pumpkin flavored (even enjoyed my first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice coffee this week).  But, yes, I mostly love candy corn. I mean it’s pure sugar, who doesn’t love it? Don’t answer that.
These cookies are inspired by one of my favorite candy corn snacks…a bowl of peanuts and candy corn. And yes, it truly does taste like a PAY Day candy bar. The cookies are just yummy, maybe not so PAY DAY tasting.
What sort of things do you enjoy this time of year? Or are you just wishing it was another season already?
Pay Day Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 2- 11.4oz bags of M&M Peanut Butter candies (not Peanut...peanut butter!)
  • 1 1/2 bags (12 oz each) Brach candy corn


  1. In mixer, combine butter and sugars. Beat for about 2 minutes, until creamy. Add in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in the peanuts and M&M's. Drop by large tablespoons onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press in the candy corn (point first so it goes in easily). Allow to cool and enjoy!
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Jay September 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

sounds scrumptiously tasty..:P
Tasty Appetite


trooppetrie September 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

We love to eat carmel corn with peanuts so this is perfect. why did I never think of this


Sinful Sundays September 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

They’re so pretty and colorful! Love it! :)


Jocelyn September 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

These are pure genius!!! Can you mail me a whole box full? Please:-) I am enjoying every single minute of fall!!! It is the best season EVER!!!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I love Fall too. It’s a great baking time of year. :) These cookies look so yummy!


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love anything that pays homage to my delicious candy corn…although I never heard of eating it with peanuts!


Allison September 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Oh good grief! I love candy corn and I just had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. I need to try these cookies stat. Behind take 5 bars paydays are the bomb.


Erin September 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Oh yum! My daughter loves candy corn too. She would flip over these cookies!


Raina September 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Yum! I love candy corn. Great idea to put them in a cookie:)


Sue September 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

Such a good idea to add the candy corn after baking! They look fantastic! I love everything about fall!


Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos September 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

These look great, Aimee! There is something so delicious about peanuts and candy corn! I’d like to invite you to share these today at our Seasonal Inspiration Saturday!


Karie @ The HoB September 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm

YUM! I never thought to put candy corn in cookies, yummy!


Kim McCallie September 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

M&M’s and candy corn – what a great combination. A couple of weeks ago, I had an apple cider doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts. It really put me in the mood for fall. I love candy corn so I know I would love these cookies. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


Cooking for My Kids September 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Your cookies look delicious!


The Better Baker September 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

What a fantastic creation! I LOVE payday bars – gotta try these!


Mindie Hilton September 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Love these cookies, love the candy corn, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.


Hilary September 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

My grandmother made these as treats for me when I was young. Love them!


DANIELLE-HUGS and COOKIES XOXO September 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm



Paige @ The Crunchy Mamacita October 1, 2011 at 1:10 am

Super cute! I’m your newest follower just stopping by from Something Swanky. Hope you’ll stop by my blog at http://thecrunchymamacita.blogspot and become a follower :)


Kristin October 1, 2011 at 4:43 am

Stopping by from Something Swanky. I, too, have an obsession with candy corn! Looks yummy!


kyleen October 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

Mhmm these look so delicious! I love jeans and hoodies too :D


Chef in Training October 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Yum! These look and sound AMAZING! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!


Teri@thefreshmancook October 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

I love fall also. It’s my favorite season. I love these cookies. I am putting them on my list for Halloween cookies. I linked to you from Mouthwatering Monday. Thanks for a great recipe.


ryobious October 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

These look so cute and yummy! I love the idea of throwing some candy corn in cookies, I’ll have to try this!

Found you from Something Swanky’s Blog hop, I’m your newest follower.


Shelly @A Creative Space October 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

The candy corn is the CUTEST! Must taste great when you first bit into them :)


Aimee October 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Ryobious- Thanks for following :)
Shelly- They do taste great, wish I had some left!


Kitty M October 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Hi Amiee lovely to meet you over the blogosphere and thank you for your friend request on Food Buzz – I’m looking forward to using it more.

I love your blog – autumn is great although I wish we had more Halloween goodies in the UK – we don’t have candy corn over here! I’d never seen it until I started to follow some of my American blog friends :0)


Nina May 16, 2013 at 7:27 am

I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts in this sort of space .


Sara Howe October 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm

These look amazing!!! I’d love if you’d stop by and link up over at my Candy Corn Recipe Round-Up
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