Rocky road brownies recipe filled with freshly chopped walnuts, marshmallows, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Homemade rocky road is such an unbelievably delicious treat!
I'm so excited to share my Mom's rocky road brownies recipe with you today.
I remember treasuring the days growing up when these brownies were cooking in the oven.
The combination of the hard chocolate topping atop a soft, moist, walnut filled chocolate brownie is heavenly.
My kids now treasure the days when I make these rocky road brownies for them. 🙂
I like adding a handful of walnut halves and pieces on top of the chocolate topping. This step is optional, but I think extra walnuts are always a good thing.
How to cut rocky road brownies?
I like using my small metal spatula to cut the brownies. Cutting through the melted marshmallow and hard topping is much easier with this type of spatula.
The spatula also makes it easier to serve the brownies. If the marshmallow is still too sticky to cut through, you can spray butter or canola oil spray on the spatula as well, and it should slice right through the brownies.
Can you freeze rocky road brownies?
Absolutely! After finishing the steps in the recipe below, place brownies in an airtight freezer-safe container, place in the freezer, and they will keep for up to 3 months. I'm pretty sure, though, these brownies will disappear faster than you will be able to get them in the freezer. 🙂
I was doing a little digging about the history of rocky road brownies and found that there is evidence that dates back to 1853 of the origin of the name "rocky road". At this time in Australia, after travelers' long trips from Europe, there would be spoiled food in their packs. They would mix the spoiled food with local nuts and cheap chocolate to disguise the taste and sell it as a confectionary.
The name rocky road came from the description of the road they had to travel to get to the goldfields. Pretty cool stuff. I love name origin stories.
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Rocky Road Brownies
Rocky road brownies recipe filled with freshly chopped walnuts, marshmallows, and semi sweet chocolate chips. Homemade rocky road is such an unbelievably delicious treat!
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp whole milk (or 2%)
- 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup sifted all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp crisco shortening
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 inch pan.
Over medium heat, melt butter in saucepan. Stir in sugar and milk. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
Add in the chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir, until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time with a whisk or handheld mixer.
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt and add to mixture. Stir in walnuts and mix until well blended.
Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out of center of brownies almost clean. Immediately cover the top of brownies with mini marshmallows, and press down slightly. Cool brownies in pan for about an hour.
Milk Chocolate Topping
In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening over hot water (not boiling). Stir until smooth. Pour chocolate over top of brownies an spread to cover with spatula. You can sprinkle top with walnuts, if you'd like.
Chill in refrigerator for about two hours, covered with plastic wrap.
Serve and Enjoy!!