Rocky Road Brownies

I found this recipe saved in my email archives from 5 years ago and I had written a note that it was a Martha Stewart recipe from one of her old cookbooks.  I can even recall checking this book out at the library and drooling over all of the chocolate treats. This is the only recipe I sampled from that book and loved…with a few personal variations of course.

Note: These brownies are great as a base recipe, if you’re not interested in the marshmallows, nuts and chocolate on top.

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips                            
  • 1 cup butter (diced, so it melts faster)                        
  • 1 cup brown sugar                                                     
  • 1 cup white sugar                                                      
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup peanuts, chopped

Topping Ingredients:

  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chunks

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13” baking dish, or line it with parchment paper.

  2. Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a double boiler, until smooth and combined. *If you microwave instead, be careful not to let it burn! (3-5 minutes max!)

  3. Pour the melted chocolate into a large mixing bowl.

  4. Add both sugars, and the salt, to the melted chocolate, mixing until combined.

  5. Alternate adding the eggs and flour.

  6. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl with each addition, to ensure it’s smooth and combined well.

  7. Chop the peanuts on a cutting board, and stir them into the chocolate batter. Do not overmix the batter.

  8. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Tap onto the counter to help level the batter.

  9. Bake for approximately 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (In my convection oven, it takes 45 minutes.)

  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate chunks.

  11. Return the dish to the oven for approximately 5 minutes, until the chocolate chunks start to melt and look glossy. **Don’t over-bake, or the marshmallows will become hardened!

  12. Place on a wire rack and allow brownies to cool in the pan completely before cutting them into squares.

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