My dad has always loved Rocky Road ice cream. One of my most vibrant memories as a child was fishing out the “gross” almonds and “icky” marshmallows so that I could enjoy the chocolate ice cream sans a crunchy or fluffy interruption.
Twenty years later, I’m baking brownies and finding any excuse to work marshmallows and salted almonds into a dessert that needs little more than a napkin and an ice-cold glass of milk. The setup on this one is simple: Homemade brownies are baked and then topped with chocolate chips, salted almonds and mini marshmallows before going back into the oven for a burst of heat that makes the ‘mallows melt into the fudgy base below.
I have enough experience in the world of brownies to know that nuts can be a total turnoff to some. But have no fear. Skip them in the topping, or take your pick of the brownie lineup below. There’s a little something for everyone…
- Cheesecake Brownie Bites
- Pecan Pie Brownies
- Brownies In a Jar
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
- Classic Brownies
And finally, no foray into brownies would be complete without a shout-out to the Edges Only brownie pan, which, contrary to my level of obsession and constant hawking, I did not invent nor do I own stock in. But a girl (with brownie batter on her chin and marshmallow on her camera lens) can certainly dream…
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- 10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 7/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cold large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cups mini-marshmallows
- 1/2 cup salted almonds, roughly chopped
- An 8-inch square baking pan
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and line the pan with parchment paper or foil leaving an overhang on two sides.
- Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a heatproof bowl or saucepot. Set the bowl atop a saucepot of simmering water to create a double-boiler. Stir the butter from time to time until it's melted and the mixture is smooth and hot to the touch. Remove the bowl from the double-boiler and set it aside to cool for 10 minutes.
- Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the vanilla and then stir in the eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously between each addition. Once the batter looks well-blended, shiny and thick, stir in the flour until it's fully incorporated. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake the brownies for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs. Remove the brownies from the oven and immediately sprinkle them with the chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and chopped almonds. Return the brownies to the oven for about 5 minutes, just until the marshmallows begin to melt. Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely on a wrack.
- Using the parchment paper or foil overhang, lift the brownies out of the pan, and slice and serve.
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Brownie batter recipe adapted from BitterSweet.
Made these last night – they are sweet and salty brownie heaven. A keeper!
Thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Jacki!
Omg! These look awesome…so many childhood memories with good ol rocky roads! :)
That looks so delicious!
I just made these, and they were amazing. Fudgiest. Brownie. Ever. I upped the toppings a bit because I love almonds. I will be making these again for sure.
mmm! looks pretty good! love it!
Oh girl…these are knock out!!!! Pinned :)
Looks good, but tastes better!
Thanks for visiting my blog…these brownies looks super amazing !!!! Loved them ….nice close up clicks too !!
Wow! I’m trying to cut back on the sweets but I think I’ll have to make an exception with these brownies!
Chocolate + Salt from the almonds = LOVE x a million.
oH MY SWEET WORD KELLY!!!
I LOVE Rocky Road! Still my most favorite ice cream flavor ever :) So this is definitely getting bookmarked!!
these look out of control good!!! :)
Oh. My. Yum. I have no words. Literally. I’d continue to drooooolllll……
These are beyond amazing! Love how gooey they look!
oh my – that first photo should carry some sort of warning! Looks divine!
These looks crazy-delicious!
Kelly, this is truly a dreamy dish! Well done.
I bet the salted almonds are absolutely fabulous amongst all the chocolate and marshmallow!!
It wouldn’t be safe to leave me with a pan of these brownies!! Ooey gooey deliciousness! PS: I used to always pick nuts out of my ice cream :)
I. DIE. Kelly, your brownie recipe totally rocks it! Cannot wait to try! xo
These pictures are making me want to lick the screen! What a great combination of flavors.
I made these last night. OMG! so yummy! two of my favorite things stuck together. I just love marshmallows and having them all gooey and toasted on top of brownies is just genius! I used salted peanuts and it was just as good but I think next time I will add more chocolate chips on top too. Wonderful recipe =D
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Oh my goodness, I need to make these! Spectacular and I love the salted almonds.
I love the combo of almonds and chocolate. In fact i made a batch of spanish salted almonds brownies a few weeks ago too! Addictive…
I need to make these!!!
WOW these look spectacular. You have my mouth watering once again!
They look amazing! So gooey and scrummy. I just wanted to say that I love your photography too – all your food looks stunning :)
Wow…words cannot describe…i mean, just wow…seriously? Must try!
This looks so ooey and gooey and sticky and perfect. I need to make them. As always, your photography is perfection and makes me wish I could reach into the computer screen. Pinned!
wow! these look SO GOOD!
Um…um… oh my… I am speechless.
I love this brownie recipe! I’ve made them before and their fudginess is out of this world!! And I am loving the marshmallow and salty almonds added. So gooey, rich, decadent, perfect.
This looks so incredibly good, I’m at a loss for words. I just need to make these soon!
I just love how gooey these are! Isn’t it amazing how age really changes taste preferences?
Everything about this post is amazing. The pictures, the recipe, the story to go along with it… but mostly the recipe. Can you bake me some?
Oh yum, these look amazing!
MMMMM Rocky Road type brownies! What’s not to love here!
I have been waiting for this post since seeing the photos on instagram! Hallelujah!
Those salted almonds are killing me!! Looooove!
Those look amazing. So gooey and sticky and messy, but all the best desserts are always messy!
Oh my goodness these look incredible. I am now doing a three day juice cleanse and this is not helping :)
Beautiful pictures! I want to dive face first into these brownies!
LOVE this…gorgeous photos.
I… I ju… I just… I am speechless. I love brownie.
Well, I was going to make the pecan bars for my new neighbors but now maybe I’ll make these! Or maybe both! Your photos are as delicious as your recipes!!!
Aaaaaaand I’m dead.
oh my god these look amaaaazing!!! you are really challenging my diet right now Kelly!! love this spin on Rocky Road it’s so creative :)
Absolutely incredible! I’ve never craved brownies so bad so early in the morning! Thanks for sharing, Kelly.
Oh goodness, these brownies have everything going for them!
These look killer! Seriously, I am dying over here!!
I am dying over here! These look amazing!
The tops of those brownies looks insane!
These look great Kelly! When I was a kid I tried to avoid those almonds too…now on the other hand I LOVE ’em!
It’s amazing how our palates change as we get older. I hated coconuts in chocolate when I was a kid..but now I love them. How do you stay so thin with so much yummy goodness around you?
I’ll take these brownies with everything please!! Fantastic and delicious looking :)
That Alice Medrich brownie recipe is my new favorite. LOVE IT. And your brownies look to-die for good (and normally I pass on nuts in desserts) but gosh, these look so good!