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Rocky Road Brownies

Let's face it...brownies are, quite frankly, one of THE most decadent, satisfying things you can make (and then indulge in) - when they are done right. Gooey, fudgy, super chocolatey brownies are hard to beat. The edges and the middle pieces are equally sought after and hard to decide which is your absolute favorite. This recipe is one that hits on all cylinders. Adding on some melty marshmallows, crunchy peanuts and a drizzle of chocolate syrup will take them over the edge! You can thank me later! ; )


3/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup butter, melted & divided (1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)

1/2 cup boiling water

2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cup flour

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 to 1 cup salted peanuts

1 cup mini marshmallows

chocolate syrup to drizzle on top


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish (I also line mine with parchment) and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda. Stir in 1/3 cup of the melted butter until smooth. Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is smooth and thick. Stir in the sugar and eggs with the remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. Stir in the vanilla and salt until just smooth. Dump in the flour and chocolate chips at the same time, and stir until just combined. Spread the batter into your prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the pan. (Always better to under-bake than to over-bake brownies!) After you take them out of the oven, scatter the marshmallows over the entire surface of the brownies. Turn on your broiler - when it's hot place the pan of brownies under the broiler just until the marshmallows begin to toast. DO NOT walk away - it happens very quickly! After the marshmallows are toasted, carefully remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the peanuts over the brownies. You can drizzle with chocolate syrup now or when they are completely cooled in the pan, just prior to cutting. (Remember that brownies freeze great for later IF there are leftovers!)

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