December 15, 2011

Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Brownies

rocky road brownies recipe
Whenever brownie mixes go on sale for $1/box, I stock up. Taking inventory of my pantry yesterday, I noticed I my brownie supply was beginning to make me look like a hoarder, so I decided I needed to use them in my holiday baking lineup.

I had an idea of what I wanted, something that also used the bag of marshmallows I had on hand and the walnuts in my freezer. Rocky Road Brownies it was! I used a box of dark chocolate brownie mix and they were scrumptious! I will definitely be making these again! To quote one of my taste testers, “These brownies are Heaven”.

Rocky Road Brownies Recipe

Cook brownies according to instructions on the box (I made them in a 13″x9″ glass pan). When they are done baking, top with 1.5-2 cups of mini marshmallows, 3/4 cup of chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet) and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Put the brownies back in the oven for 5 minutes then remove and cool for an hour on the counter, then one more hour in the fridge.

I don’t have a lot of free time, so making desserts from scratch usually isn’t an option. Building on box mixes is a big time saver and can be a lot of fun. Ann Byrn has a great series of cookbooks that take common, convenient supermarket ingredients and turn them into meals and desserts that taste like they’re made from scratch.

What are your favorite “almost from scratch” desserts?


  • Tami Stapleton

    I do a variation of these with boxed brownie mix except I bake the nuts in the brownies, then top with marshmallows, let them melt and then I warm a can of chocolate frosting in the microwave and pour it over the marshmallows~ Cut and serve while warm and they are delish!

  • Looks and sounds good.

  • Marcia Lafferman

    Almost reminds me of smores.  I can see why you would stock up on this, since you are a bargain buddy.  It doesn’t go bad so why not stock up and be inventive, which they do say that neccesity is the mother of invention.  Being resourceful is always a good thing.  Your finished photo looks wonderful.

  • Daveshomenowadays

    that looks very delicious i will eat the whole tray yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmie

  • Daveshomenowadays

    now thats the cheapest bargain this week lol

  • Ginger

    That looks awesome Karen, thanks for sharing!   I made Chocolate Macaroons today, new recipe for me, they are great!  try this one:

    Brownie Cookie Macaroons

    1 box Duncan Hines® Double Fudge Decadent Brownie Mix
    2 cups coconut
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons water
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
    Cocoa powder for an optional garnish

    1)  Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. (I used Pam, just make sure pan is well coated)
    2)  In a large mixing bowl combine brownie mix and coconut; mix well.
    3)  Mix
    in the oil, water, eggs, contents of fudge packet, and extract with a
    wooden spoon until all dry ingredients are moistened (dough will be
    4)  Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2-inches apart on prepared cookie sheets; flatten slightly with bottom of a glass.
    5)  Bake
    10-12 minutes or until edges are set (centers will be slightly soft.)
    Transfer cookies to wire rack with metal spatula and cool completely.  I cooked them 12 mins, seemed to need it.
    Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder.Enjoy 🙂

    • Yummy! We love coconut, will definitely try this recipe. Thanks, Ginger!

  • Mary Lambert

    I NEED those!  NOW!  Fortunately I have all the ingredients in my “hoard”.  lol

  • Sel9963

    Sounds  devine! I will definetly make those thanks.

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