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Rocky Road Bars

This recipe comes from reader Nancy Morgan in Beamsville, Ontario. Who wouldn't like to find one of these rich treats in a lunchbox or Halloween-party favor bag? Just wrap each bar in a piece of waxed paper for mess-free transport. Place walnuts in a resealable plastic bag, and use a rolling pin or meat mallet to crush them to desired size.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 2 hours 45 mins
  • servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cook's Note

Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch square pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter the paper. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium saucepan, place butter and cocoa; heat over low, stirring constantly, until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, egg, flour, milk, and vanilla until combined.

  3. Step 3

    Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven; sprinkle top evenly with marshmallows, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Return to oven, and bake until marshmallows puff, about 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Then refrigerate until topping hardens, about 1 hour. Use paper overhang to lift from pan; cut into 12 bars.

Source
Everyday Food

Reviews (15)

  • 17 Jan, 2011

    @CandyKay: I think your idea sounds fantastic (we prefer s'mores to rocky road over here anyway). Why couldn't you add those? I say graham away.

  • 17 Jan, 2011

    I used this to dress up some store bought brownies for a company party.
    Just add the toppings and place in oven like at the end of the recipe.

  • 17 Jan, 2011

    Could you use chopped graham crackers on top instead of chopped walnuts?

  • 12 Mar, 2010

    Just use equal amount of flour for the cocoa. Like making a blonde.

  • 11 Mar, 2010

    would sub out graham cracker meal for the cocoa,if making for my niece,who HATES chocolate. Then use white chocolate chips. May have to leave out the brown sugar also? Should be interesting!!! J.

  • 11 Mar, 2010

    Can't wait to make these!!

  • 6 Mar, 2009

    These bars were delicious! Very simple. The instructions are a tad bit different than when they were in the magazine last summer.

  • 12 Jun, 2008

    These are great brownies and are sooo easy to make! The brownie itself is very yummy!

  • 1 Jun, 2008

    These are easy to make, pretty to look at and yummy to eat!

  • 28 May, 2008

    Cocoa is generally found in the baking aisle while hot cocoa is found in with the beverages. No troubles finding either in our grocery stores. Thanks for a great recipe Nancy from a Wellander.

  • 28 May, 2008

    White cocoa does exist. It's usually found as a hot cocoa though. You'd have to adjust the sugar called for in the recipe a little as the cocoa will contain sugar. Try Zingermanns deli or King Arthur flour online. They both carry unique and hard to find baking ingredients.
    Good luck!

  • 28 May, 2008

    The great thing about cooking is adapting to meet your own needs. Experiment with what you can use and see how it turns out! I know there are white chocolate chips available, but what will you substitute for the cocoa?

  • 28 May, 2008

    The great thing about cooking is adapting to meet your own needs. Experiment with what you can use and see how it turns out! I know there are white chocolate chips available, but what will you substitute for the cocoa?

  • 28 May, 2008

    I can't have chocolate, do you think we can do this with white chocolate? I use to love rocky road candy, one of my favs. Hopefully someone will respond about the chocolate

  • 28 May, 2008

    Incredibly rich and very addictive!