June 19, 2009

two roads diverged in a wood, and I...

...I took the rocky road.


And that has made all the difference.*

*Two back-to-back literary references--my English-loving little brother must be so proud.

We're all familiar with the combination of ingredients in a dessert bearing the "rocky road" descriptor--chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. [I think the components are a bit different (but just as tasty) in other countries.] There are cookies, cupcakes, ice creams, fudges, cheesecakes, pies, and even bread puddings. Me? I went with bars. Why? Because I'm lazy.


Instead of the brownie base seen in many rocky road bars, this recipe makes use of graham cracker crumbs. I used a blend of chocolate ones and regular ones to make the end result more cocoa-flavored; they also made the bars a bit reminiscent of s'mores, which could never be a bad thing. The nuts I went with were pecans (from the Green Valley Pecan Store, to be exact, which just so happens to provide the finest pecans I've had the pleasure of eating).


This is a quick, fool-proof, and tasty treat, and I'm glad I went down the rocky road.

The [Rocky] Road Not Taken Bars (did ya get all that?)
(adapted from this recipe)

1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 cups pecans, divided
2 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in an 8x8-inch dish. Toss to thoroughly combine and press mixture firmly onto the bottom of the pan. Scatter (or painstakingly layer) 1 cup of the pecans across the top and bake for 15 minutes.
After baking, remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with 1 cup of the chocolate chips, the marshmallows, the remaining pecans, and then the remaining chocolate chips. Return the pan to the oven and bake 10-12 minutes, or until marshmallows are lightly browned.

64 comments:

outnumberedlisa said...

Good morning, my friend!! I miss you!

Your Rocky Road bars look really yummy!! Can't wait to try them!

doggybloggy said...

is this the road less traveled? because I am on the road again and I need to know if this is a highway or a biway.....

RecipeGirl said...

Yum Yum! I did a version of this a looooooong time ago. I remember it being a hit w/ the kiddos. They totally look S'more-ish.

Amy said...

Gonna need a 4 wheel drive to climb over that rocky road, total yummage!!!!!Chloe girl will want to make these, probably as soon as possible!;)

lisaiscooking said...

Look at that! Those nuts and marshmallows and the graham cracker crust. That looks incredible!

Linds said...

These looks fabulous! I'm drooling at that last ooey, gooey pic. I know what I'm making for our July 4 get together. Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

No matter what, I always leave your site drooling. My s'mores loving sister will LOVE these!

pigpigscorner said...

ooo it's everything yummy in one!

Melanie said...

Not only does your cleverness astound me (love the not-so name of the bars AND the reference to the lovely poem) but these bars look astounding, as well. Anything in bar form gets my vote for simplicity.

finsmom said...

These look amazing! SO gooey and delish! BOOKMARKED! :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Scrumptious! :0))

lilsis said...

Wow! These look SOOOOO good!!!

I'm not known for being a great baker, so I love making bars, also. These seem easy enough, so maybe I won't screw them up.

My son will thank you!

Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

Smores-ish + Pecans yummy!

You're going to have to stop posting because my "to make" list is growing larger and larger every time you do! LOL

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh Grace you are hurting me with that stretched marshmallow pic!

foodhoe said...

oh wow, this is saving me from cocoa pebbles marshmallow treats! Much livelier ingredients, but what... no cinnamon!

kat said...

I can totally see how these would taste like smores, nutty smores

zoe said...

wow! ooey gooey amazing!

Lindsey said...

While I am not usually one for nuts in my dessert (I do make exceptions), this might have to go on the exception list.

dessertobsessed said...

hahaha how yummy! i love that poem!

Lynda said...

I'm glad you took this road!But really, I just gained 5 pounds and I can't quit drooling at these pictures- I must make these!
Perfect with the pecans!

Ingrid said...

Sounds and looks totally yummy! You sealed the deal when you mentioned s'mores! :)
~ingrid

Barbara said...

BAD, Bad, Bad Bad!!!!! Especially those sticky, stringy marshmallow photos!

Karine said...

Sounds great for a sweet tooth as I am! :)

Lisa said...

Mmmmm! Nutty S'more Bars. Sounds decadent. I wouldn't mind a bite....and these sound so easy to make that it wouldn't be much of a stretch to think I might go put them together right now.

Sophie said...

Lovely,;;;this is pure evil!! Yummie evil!!

OhioMom said...

Oh stop, it is just after 6 am and I sit here with coffee drooling on my screen! I would take that road too Grace :)

Robin Sue said...

I'll take the high road with these bars. Delicious!

Laura said...

These look awesome. Very indulgent. My kids would love them.

Penny said...

You are so clever and that picture of pulled marshmallow is food cover worthy. Impressive!

Jaime said...

Yum, that looks so good. And the piece there is so small. That wouldn't hurt anyone!

Cucinista said...

Well, I'll take the fork in the road and use it to eat these. Thanks for a great recipe and a (great) bad joke.

Stacey said...

Yum! Those look amazing.... especially the last photo! Love how gooey the marshmallows look!

Gloria said...

Look really delicious!! Gloria

Chef Fresco said...

oh Wow! These pictures are ridiculous! I want one now!

Pam said...

Look at you, literary references and everything!

Lori said...

I know you are thin, so I think either you have an amazingly super fast metabolism or your coworkers are VERY fast. How could they ever resist all this yummy, ooey, gooey, deliciousness of yours!?!?

tiffany @ the garden apartment said...

Sounds delicious as usual, Grace, and easy too!

Maria said...

You out did yourself on this one. Looks like the perfect treat to me!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

OMG!
I'd take that rocky road too.

figtreeapps said...

Can anytning taste better than whats in this picture?? Love your blog. Figtreeapps

Emily said...

Yes! I got it!

The bars look incredible. This is the perfect treat for everyone, I think. Job well done.

Love the pictures.

Jacque said...

My fourth grader had to interpret that "road less travelled" poem earlier this year, which meant that I got to interpret it too. LOL

Anyway, I'm sure these bars would put me down the road I'm glad I travelled. They look scrumptious!

sliceofsueshe said...

yes please. :-) love that marshmallow photo!

eatme_delicious said...

Oh wow drool I'd loooove one of those!!

TheFancyLadyGourmet said...

those look so amazing

The Blonde Duck said...

Do you think PB chips would work for those allergic to chocolate?

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I'm staggered by how delicious these look. I love the big chunks of pecans in there. Slurptastic!

Juliana said...

Only one word to your ROCKY ROAD BARS! WOW!!!!

OK, one more...delicious...one more...great pictures...one more...YUMMIE!

emily said...

Oh Sweet Suzie... I've died and gone to heaven.

Bridgett said...

Dessert overload...gotta love that!

Jessica@FoodMayhem said...

That first pic just took my breath away...love at first sight.

Deborah said...

When given the chance, I will always choose the rocky road!!

Sophie said...

Ooh Oooh!!! Very impressive adaptation, I'm loving the photos--all those yummy textures and the ooey gooey marshmallow! Yes please! :)

Mrs. L said...

You had me at the photo...

MaryBeth said...

Oh my gravy... cut me a big hunk of this!!!

Lore said...

Have mercy pleaaaase! Did you make this recipe at least 20 times more after your first try? They look that adictive to me!

AshyCupcake said...

Oh my... these look delicious! I have to say personally though I would go for a brownie base, Im more of a goo fan than a crunch fan haha. Lovely photo's & will definately make these sometime soon!

Peter M said...

Oh dear - that last gooey bit is "da bomb"...I would so grab that out of your hands.

Jaime said...

ooooo i love that last pic!

Risa said...

I am so glad you took the Rocky Road! These look delicious!

Vera said...

Pure deliciousness!

Chef Fresco said...

WOW this look sensual. Your rocky roadness turns me on!

chaya said...

The yummiest. You photo will add 600 calories.

Shelly said...

Chocolate + tons of pecans = Fantastic! These look delicious!