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Rocky Road Fudge Bars

My friend Tamiel introduced me to these Rocky Road Fudge Bars recipe over 4 years ago. We had both just given birth to our 4th child, and we liked to treat ourselves to delicious  lunches, while watching Cake Boss together. She was in the middle of whipping this up when I got there, and my first glance, I wasn’t overly excited because I don’t LOVE marshmallows and I don’t prefer too much chocolate in my treats–too rich for me. Once she finished them and they chilled, I did the most gracious thing I could think of, and offered a nibble (they did start to look pretty appealing). Then I took another bite, then a bigger bite, then had seconds…and thirds. I was in heaven. The dense, texture, deliciousness has become one of my most favorite desserts to make.

Rocky Road Fudge Bars

My 4 year old helped me whip these up yesterday. She cracked the eggs, stirred the flour, and measured the sugar. I was so excited to eat them! Sadly, I wish the pictures did them justice. I wasn’t too happy with my brain when I was trying to style them for the perfect picture shot (like Averie does with her dessert bars)–so that the world would see the image and fall in love with them. But, alas, I feel I missed the mark on doing these babies justice, but I’m sharing what I’ve got anyway. TRUST me when I say–GIVE IT A TRY!

The cream cheese is the perfect blend with the chocolate chip/pecan infusion, and the marshmallows and stuffed in the middle, so not as marshmallow-y as they would be on top.

fudge bars

They are delicious all year round, but would make a fun gift to give neighbors this holiday season!

Rocky Road Fudge Bars
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Recipe type: dessert
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Serves: 30
 
Rich, textured dessert with cream cheese and chocolate.
Ingredients
  • Base
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 oz. (1 square) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
  • Filling
  • 1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened, reserving 2 oz. for frosting
  • ¼ cupbutter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons four
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Frosting
  • 2 cup mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup margarine or butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 oz. (1 square) unsweetened chocolate, cut up
  • 2 oz. reserved cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 13×9 inch pan. In microwave bowl, melt ½ cup butter and 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate 30-60 seconds, stirring until smooth.
  2. Spoon flour into measuring cup. Add 1 cup flour and remaining base ingredients; mix well. Spread into greased dish.
  3. In small bowl, combine all filling ingredients except chocolate chips. Beat 1 minute at medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Spread over chocolate mixture; sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips.
  4. Bake at a 350* F for 25 to 35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows over top. Return to oven and bake an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in another glass dish, combine ¼ cup margarine, milk, 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate and reserved 2 oz. cream cheese; heat and stir until well blended. Stir in powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour frosting over marshmallows and lightly swirl with knife to marble. Refrigerate until firm; cut into bars.

fudge brownies

I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!!

If you like this, you might also like my Cream Cheese Chocolate Chips Cupcakes or Fudgy Vanilla Brownies.

Cupcakes and Brownies

Kristen Duke

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  1. Rocky Road is a family tradition at our house. My mom makes it every year! This looks delicious!

  2. Yummy!! I love marshmallows and chocolate!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. Wow. That looks yummy. I think you pictures look great. I’d love it if you linked up with our weekly party and shared! http://www.mylifeoftravelsandadventures.com/2013/11/awesome-things-tuesday-week-2.html

  4. These bars look fabulous Kristen! I love anything Rocky Road :)
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  5. I’ve been craving rocky road lately and your bars look amazing!
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  6. Wait? You said you don’t like marshmallow and lots of chocolate? I’m not sure I can continue this friendship :-) just kidding girl, you know I love ya…even if you just convinced me you are a crazy woman! It’s a good thing these fudge bars are staring at me…they look amazing enough for me to forgive you of your non chocolate ways!
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  7. I absolutely love these. They are the right amount of sweet and I liked the texture and flavor of them. My daughter thought they were too much like dark chocolate and she wasn’t crazy about them. These are a bit of work but worth it.