Friday, August 29, 2014

Rocky Road Brownies

Good, old fashioned brownies are hard to beat, but if there was dessert to challenge them, these Rocky Road brownies would be it. They start with a rich brownie base, and take it up a notch by adding chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows. A little cream cheese is added to keep these soft and almost creamy, and to balance the sweetness from all the chocolate and marshmallows. These have made many summer BBQ appearances, and just might grace our dessert table over this long weekend.

This recipe comes from the  Only In California (1989), a cookbook published to raise funds for the Children's Home Society of California. I have several small cookbooks from various clubs and societies around the world, and I have found some of my favorite recipes in them. Many of these include recipes submitted from home cooks, and there is something fun about recreating a dish that you know another family loved enough to share in a book. I hope you enjoy these brownies as much as we do!

Rocky Road Brownies
Via Only in California

1/2 cup butter
1 square unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

6 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts ( I use peanuts, but any nut is fine)
6 ounces chocolate chips

3 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup room temperature butter
1 square unsweetened chocolate
2 ounces.cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 pound sifted powdered sugar
Spray with baking spray, or grease and flour a 9x13 pan. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. Make the bar: melt butter and chocolate over low heat or in the microwave. Add remaining bar ingredients and mix well. Spread in prepared baking pan.

2. Filling: Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, and vanilla mixing well. Add flour, beat until fluffy. Stir in the nuts. Spread over the bar mixture and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees F. For 25 minutes

3. Frosting : Melt butter, chocolate, cream cheese and milk. Stir until smooth. Beat in sifted powdered sugar continue beating until smooth and satiny. Set aside until brownies come out of the oven.

 4. When brownies are done, remove pan from oven, sprinkle the marshmallows on top and return the pan to the oven and bake 2 minutes longer, until marshmallows are puffed. Remove from oven and immediately pour frosting over marshmallows and swirl together with a knife. Cool before cutting.

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Link:Foodie Friday