Rocky Road Bars

Total Time:
25 min
25 min

36 to 48 bars

  • For the first layer:
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts, pecans, or peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • For the second layer:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup toated walnuts, pecans, or peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

To make the first layer: Place the butter and chocolate in a small pan and cook over the lowest possible heat until almost all the chocolate has melted. Off heat, add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, nuts, and baking powder and mix well. Press into the prepared pan and set aside.

To make the second layer: Place the cream cheese, sugar, flour, butter, egg, and vanilla in the bowl of a mixer fitter with a paddle and mix until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the nuts, mix to combine, and spread over the first layer. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and transfer to the oven. Bake until slightly golden on the edges, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Sprinkle the second layer with the marshmallows and return the pan to the oven until the marshmallows are just melted but not colored, about 3 minutes.

To make the frosting: Place the butter and chocolate in a small pan and cook over the lowest possible heat until almost all the chocolate has melted. Add the cream cheese and milk and mix until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Immediately pour the frosting over the marshmallows and briefly swirl the two mixtures together. Cool in the pan and cut into 36 to 48 bars. Cover and refrigerate.

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    What happened to the marshmallows in the recipe?? 
    I haven't tasted the bar yet but the batters were great tasting! 
    These were a hit and tasted delicious. But the recipe ingredient list didn't mention marshmallows. However it calls for them on top of the second layer. I just eyeballed it and probably put about two cups on top. They were really gooey if not kept refrigerated so some people shied away from them because they looked messy. Next time I might skip the frosting as they are rich enough without it. The frosting recipe on its own is really good though.
    These are absolutely great! For an added bit of flavor, add a half tsp. of
    cinnamon to the chocolate topping after melting butter and chocolate!
    You'll love it! Thanks FN for a great recipe.
    Delicious and fun!
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