I saw this reminder of a favorite dessert of mine at Erin's "Making Memories....One Fun Thing after Another" and her name for this fabulous treat is O'Henry (Where Have You Been All Of My Life) bars - she's funny like that!
And obviously, while making memories, she makes wonderful recipes too.
This has been a very favorite recipe of mine for some time. I got it from my dear friend Janean, who often makes it for ladies gatherings. I simply cannot! resist it either.
When I made it for a bake sale a few years ago, folks returned the second day wondering if we had more Payday Bars. *-* (Yes, I had made more!)
It's a quick and easy dish to whip up anytime.
This is the most repeated recipe in my kitchen and is also in my first cookbook.
I have enjoyed serving this for samples at my booksignings. No one can resist the wonderful smell of these tasty treats! It's a real 'drawing card' of interest.
I tell everyone to make these when someone is at home, otherwise no one else will ever know you made them, because they'll be G-O-N-E!
They're irresistible for sure!
One of my sister-in-loves recently told me you can purchase sugar-free honey. Of course, it isn't true honey, but it's an awesome substitute for karo syrup.
This time I used Splenda and the sugar free honey for the base.
HOLY PAYDAY BARS BATMAN!! (or BATWOMAN!=)
Feel free to use full-sugar products if you want...or make it reduced sugar or even sugar free. Your choice!
Honestly, the only difference I can tell is that the sugar free are not quite as sticky as sugar full.
But either way - this is something you'll want to make often.
Enjoy every tasty delicious fantastic awesome bite!
(My sis-in-love has frozen these, and I was amazed I couldn't even tell!)
OK...OK...I'll get to the recipe now...
These are the sugar free ones
(From The Better Baker)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 cups Rice Chex
(I use about 7-1/2)...there's enough of the gooey sauce to cover more than 6 cups
1 c. nuts, optional
Lightly grease a 9" X 13" X 2" dish. Measure cereal into a large bowl. In medium saucepan, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil; boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until well blended. Pour over cereal (& nuts if using) and mix well. Press into prepared dish. Cool and cut. (If you can wait!)
Oh how I love licking the pan!
Hint: The longer you boil the sauce, the less sticky it will be. I love the stickiness! =)
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