You know when you read directions to something and it states something pretty obvious and yet you let it happen anyway? Well yea, that happened to me with this recipe. I was going to a going away barbecue (for someone that has already returned at the time of this writing) and decided to bring a baked good (of course). I had seen this recipe for Rocky Road Brownies on Joy the Baker and thought that brownies would be a good thing for a bbq with less effort on my part. It was also the time when it was about a million degrees and pure humidity and the appeal of just dumping together a batter, sticking it in the oven and then running away from the kitchen was doubly appealing.
These really were easy to put together too. A beautifully fudgey brownie and the flavors of Rocky Road ice cream, which meant walnuts in the brownies and a toasted marshmallow top. Joy is even explicit in her instructions: don’t walk away when you put your marshmallow covered brownies back into the oven. I swear, I didn’t walk away, but I did get a little greedy and wanted it to get it just the right brown. Uh yea, imagine my surprise when I opened the oven and yelped in surprise when the entire thing was literally on fire. I’m pretty sure this is exactly that she was talking about. Hmmm. I blew out the flames, surveyed the damage and realized that these were definitely way too burnt. The brownies themselves were fine though, so I ended up scraping off the burnt marshmallow carnage and tried again. There may have been some burnt pieces left, but it kind of gave it a campfire sort of taste. I also watched this batch like a hawk.
Ultimately they were fine and the fudginess paired with the toasted marshmallows were so good. I mean, it’s really hard to go wrong. I personally love nuts in brownies and cookies, but I’m sure if you don’t like them you can leave them out if you don’t like them or have an allergy. These were a great hit at the party and perfect for an outdoor party. Definitely make these, just be sure to watch the marshmallows!
Rocky Road Brownies
by Joy the Baker who adapted it from Toll House
1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup butter
2 Tablespoons strong coffee or water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (optional, but really, just use them)
Preheat oven to 350 F. The recipe calls for a 9 or 10 inch pan, but I just used an 11 x 7 and was fine. Grease, flour then set aside.
Combine butter and cocoa in a bowl then set over a small pan of simmering water. Add the coffee or water and continue stirring until butter is melted. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla extract and then add the chocolate butter mixture once it has completely melted. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and stir until just combined. Fold in the nuts.
Pour batter into the pan. If using the chocolate chips (which you should) sprinkle on top of the batter now. Bake for 18-25 minutes. Once you have taken out the baked brownies, set your broiler. Cover the top of the brownies with marshmallows and put the pan back into the oven. Then don’t move and watch as they get browned. Once they are a light brown take them out. If yours set on fire as well, scrape them off and try again–no one will really know the difference. Really, it will be our secret.
Oh–another tip was to use a hot knife dipped in water. I didn’t find this necessary, but if your marshmallows on top are moving around a lot, then you might want to try that.