Rocky Road Cookies

Did you know that the combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and nuts, known as Rocky Road, was first invented as an ice cream flavor during The Great Depression?  It was first developed with walnuts, but then as the recipe became more common, almonds were used instead.  Rocky Road just happens to be The Mr.’s favorite ice cream flavor, so I made it into cookies as a little welcome home treat for him.  I adapted a recipe for basic chocolate cookies by making them a bit denser and adding mini marshmallows and toasted walnuts to the dough.  If I was really working up to my maximum potential, I would have turned them into ice cream sandwiches for the ultimate Rocky Road experience. I guess I’ll just have to make another batch… how terrible.

Rocky Road Cookies – Heavily adapted from All Recipes 


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons salted butter, softened (that’s 1 stick plus 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a separate bowl, then mix it into the creamed butter in two additions.  Stir in the toasted walnuts and marshmallows. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 8 minutes at 350F. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, or as long as you can resist.

Makes about 20 cookies.

The Mr. loved these cookies, Penny loved them too but unfortunately she couldn’t have any.

That didn’t stop her from trying to sneak in a lick when my back was turned 🙂

Someone, make these into ice cream sandwiches and tell me how they are! Would you use more Rocky Road ice cream or a different flavor?



  1. ddd,
    rocky road is also your grandma’s favorite flavor. cookies, ice cream, fudge and brownies too!

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