April 22, 2012

Rocky Road Brownies

This brownie recipe was one of the first recipes that got me into baking (5 or 6 years ago).  One of my co-workers, Liz, would make these every once in a while and bring them to work for us to munch on.  They were one of the best brownies I had ever eaten.  I was used to store-bought brownies and box mix brownies and had never tried a "from scratch" version.  I was so impressed that a young woman (like myself at the time) could create such a yummy treat.  I was used to Mom's and Grandma's making treats, not young women.  I guess you could say that's what started it all - my foodie obsession!

I started making these weekly, then monthly, then here and there.  Eventually, I kind of forgot about them and moved onto other recipes.  Well, at work the other day, the same day I had chili cheese potatoes, I also had a marshmallow brownie for dessert.  It was chewy, gooey, very rich and was topped with a creamy frosting. 

I just couldn't get over how good they were and I had to find out who made them and get the recipe.  I got the recipe and couldn't wait to make them as soon as I got home.  I decided to check the recipe to Liz's.  It was the exact same recipe, no wonder I LOVED these brownies so much.  I hadn't made them for a few years and had forgotten what was in them.  It reminded me how much I loved them.  The only difference was Liz makes homemade frosting and the ones from work had store-bought frosting.  Whichever you prefer, they will be AMAZING.

If you have never tried a brownie recipe from scratch, let this be the first one.  You never know what/who might come from it! 
Rocky Road Brownies
adapted from: Liz M.
(Printable Recipe)

1 c. melted butter
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. vanilla        
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
chopped walnuts or pecans, opt.
1 (10 oz.) bag mini marshmallows

Icing:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/4 c. evaporated milk, more or less
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. powdered sugar

or

1 container store-bought milk chocolate frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine melted butter, sugar and cocoa powder.  Add flour, vanilla, salt, eggs and nuts.  Whisk together until completely smooth and well combined.  You can either use a hand mixer or a whisk for this.  Pour into a lightly greased 9x13 pan and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with the marshmallows.  Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed up.  Allow to cool and then  spread homemade icing or store-bought frosting over the top.  To make the icing:  Using a hand mixer, beat butter until fluffy.  Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until well combined.  Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy, adding evaporated milk as you go to reach desired consistency.       

17 comments:

  1. drat! i have everything but the marshmallows! but this will definitely be the first homemade brownie i make...i'll put it on next weekend's agenda : )

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  2. These brownies look amazing! Thank you so much for linking up to Made With Love at Sew Chatty today! Have a great week!

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  3. I used to make a rocky road fudge. Haven't for years. These brownies look scrumptious!

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  4. OMG, this looks like it could become addicting! The brownie looks to die for. So glad I have the recipe now, going to be making soon! Thanks for sharing your all your creative recipe inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay.

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  5. I dont think I could be trusted alone with these!! I know I would eat them all! Yummmm.. :)

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  6. These look absolutely delish! I love Rocky Road!
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  7. I love rocky road ice cream and I love brownies so this is a prefect desert for me! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. mmmm looks delish! thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun & Craft Friday link party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/04/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_26.html

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  10. Just shared on Facebook! They look so delicious!

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  11. Hi - I'm stopping by via Tatertots and Jello. I might need to try this over the weekend. Looks delish. I don't usually put icing on brownies - yum!

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  12. Wow, those are amazing! I could eat every last bite. :)

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    1. I do eat every last bite!! Ha Ha. - Jenn

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  13. I need to make these...like..NOW! Found you through Sweets for a Saturday :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should make these NOW! They are so yummy! - Jenn

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