Rocky Road Brownies

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Fans of  Rocky Road Ice Cream, you're going to love these dark fudge chocolate brownies topped with toasted marshmallows, chocolate chips, and of course, nuts are always optional for those not fond of them.

That's the beauty of making your recipe from scratch it will be exactly what ingredients your family loves.

Our family isn't a fan of nuts, so I did half the pan with crushed macadamia and pistachio for me and the rest plain.

If you haven't tried making these easy homemade style bars this is the ultimate brownie everyone loves and loves the chewy homemade decadent brownies.

We are all big brownie fans you may have had our Oreo Stuffed Brownies or our Peanut Butter Ritz Crack Stuffed Brownies both are scrumptious along with these to add to your list of must-makes.

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these are marshmallows toasted topped brownies with milk chocolate chips and nuts called Rocky Road Brownies

Seriously Easy Homemade Brownies

Ok I get it, you're in a hurry, right?

I have that solution, use a boxed brand you prefer, just make the topping, and if you really want to fool them add a little drizzle of melted chocolate with a fork to look dazzling professional!

This recipe is super simple and has just a few steps, so don't be intimated about baking these at all I promise it's so easy!

Rocky Road ice cream was always a favorite flavor, so why not in a brownie they're a perfect summer outdoor picnic dessert also.

Shopping List for Rocky Road Brownies

  • flour
  • butter
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • instant espresso coffee
  • vanilla
  • white sugar
  • salt
  • dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • eggs

chocolate batter for rocky road brownies from scratch


  1. Always preheat the oven
  2. there are no baking leavening agents in this recipe
  3. the butter should be at room temperature
  4. line the pan with parchment paper or heavily grease it with butter
  5. nuts are a great addition or  toasted pumpkin seeds for food allergies
  6. do not overbake the brownies and use the toothpick method
  7. remember the topping goes on after baking

these are rocky road brownies a chocolate chewy cake topped with toasted marshmallow and chocolate chips and sometimes nuts

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Adapt Away

You can add any chopped candy bars, any kind of nuts, or even chopped maraschino cherries.

One combination we also love is milk chocolate chips and coconut.

But, whatever you add with a marshmallow combination is going to be spectacular in flavor.

Basic recipes are just that, a guideline to your creativity!

Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies

Yield: 24
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
If you like rocky road ice cream, you'll love these rocky road brownies topped with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and crunchy nuts are of course optional.


  • Brownie batter:
  • 8 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ( I use special dark Hershey's cocoa)
  • 1 cup  butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso instant coffee or regular instant coffee 
  • 2 - 1/2 cups flour 
  • optional: 1 cup chopped nuts or toasted pumpkin seeds
  •  pinch salt
  • Note: the topping goes on after baking
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips 
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows 
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped peanuts, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, pistachios, or for nut allergies use pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • Notes You could also use boxed brownies for this recipe making to package instructions then using my topping.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  2. Prepare a brownie-sized pan 12 x 9 or 13 x 9 if you don't want them so thick. Grease and flour or line with parchment paper.
  3.  Stir the cocoa and melted butter together in a bowl. 
  4. Add sugar and eggs until evenly blended. 
  5. Stir in the vanilla, espresso, flour, salt. and nuts if using. 
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes using the toothpick method in the middle to see if the brownies are set. 
  7. Remove brownies from the oven and top with marshmallows, and chopped nuts.
  8. Broil on low until the marshmallows are lightly toasted.
  9. Remove from oven and let them cool for around 8 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts.
  11. Cool completely before cutting.
  12.  Place back in the oven for about 3 minutes, or until the marshmallows double in size. Remove from oven and let cool.



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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. Those brownies look so moist and good!! I remember how fast my boy's
    would eat any sweets out there! "All gone"
    I believe you have every thing you need, please enjoy :)

  2. Lucky kids to have that around! Have fun on your vacation...and don't pack too much!

  3. Hey Claudia, this looks almost like my Heavenly Hash Brownie recipe!

    Oh, saw your melon carving photo from the cruise. I want you to give us a carving demonstration when you get back! :-)

    Bon appetit!

  4. I can't resist the smell of the brownies at the screen...absolutely delicious!!!
    Enjoy your vacations Claudia,

    All the best,


  5. lucky boys... to be house sitting while the cat is away - oh, and nice of you to leave these delicious bownies too... looks great

  6. What a wonderful brownie recipe, I love it! Hope you have a great vacation!!

  7. This is an amazing recipe!Usually after I make my brownies they harden and make it hard to bite it but after I tried this recipe the brownies were so moist!I would really reccommend this to sweet-tooths :D This is awesome :D

  8. Oh my goodness these are amazingly delightful...They look so moist and chocolaty rich. Wonderful!

  9. This is an amazing recipe!Usually after I make my brownies they harden and make it hard to bite it but after I tried this recipe the brownies were so moist!I would really reccommend this to sweet-tooths :D This is awesome :D

  10. Man is that a list!! I thought I packed a lot of stuff, lol!

  11. Have a good trip! and thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

  12. are a very organized am helps when we put ourselves in charge...doesn't it?

    Love the sinfully blissful brownie recipe. I'll have to pick a very special occasion to pack on those extra calories. LOL

    Hope you're having a great trip.
    Ciao for now,

  13. Now that is a serious packing list! Did you happen to leave me a brownie? Huge chocolate cravings going on over here! Enjoy your trip :)

  14. delicious brownies,and thanks for list!

  15. Oh my goodness these looks so heavenly!

  16. These look so rich and delish! Love rocky road brownies. Great list too.

  17. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableAugust 13, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Oh my! My thighs just got bigger, looking at this! Fabulous and outstanding! I have to try this as a reward when I've been good ;)

    Thanks for the vacation list - very handy!

  18. Hi everyone, trying to play catch up...thank you all for your fantastic comments, and @Sarah so glad you tried they recipe and liked this thank you all so much!

  19. Something to consider for National Rocky Road Day in the future.

  20. The brownies look delicious. Enjoy your holiday.

  21. The brownies look yummy, but I am totally fascinated with the packing list. Did you get it all to fit in your suitcase?!

  22. LOVE a good brownie, especially Rocky Road Style!!

  23. Oh I'm drooling Claudia. Those look so gooy and good!

  24. Those look absolutely amazing. The perfect snack, along side a cup of hot coffee! (Or cold milk...) (And hi from the Foodie Blogroll!)

  25. Those brownies look beyond amazing and hard to resist!

  26. Slightly different than traditional brownies but yummy

  27. I am totally fascinated with the packing list. Did you get it all to fit in your suitcase?!

  28. I love it! Hope you have a great vacation!!

  29. These brownies look amazing. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My kids love brownies so I think this rocky road twist is fantastic.

  30. Very delicious and easy to make! Thanks a lot for sharing your very helpful recipe! Loved it!

  31. Brownies with rock road topping...that's insanely rich and irresistible, Claudia.

  32. Oh wow, I've never made brownies like this before. Definitely a great recipe to try!

  33. The brownies look heavenly delicious! They are so perfect and easy to bake.

  34. What a yummy treat to have! Such a lovely and delicious dessert, so excited to make this again! My hubby and daughter loved this!

  35. I made 2 batches of these for our town's annual festival this morning and they were a hit! Absolutely delicious. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you for sharing it with us.


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