Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rocky Road Cookies

Since being out of school and on a job hunt, the past two months have allowed me to try my hand at new hobbies and put more effort into old ones. This blog has been a window into one of them - baking, cooking, eating (is that a hobby?) - and based on the feedback I've gotten from some Facebook pictures, a few people have noticed the increased amount of time I've spent on this hobby. I was talking to a friend the other day and he asked why I haven't been baking as much - a simple observation based on my lack of picture uploads. I assured him I have and promised to bake something in his honor this week. His only request that it be shark shaped. These cookies are clearly not shark shaped, not even really shark inspired. I originally had bought a few ingredients to try a new biscotti recipe - I was thinking it was similar to a shark shape and could justify it - but that recipe was a bust. They just didn't turn out nearly as well as I would have liked. After a quick search on Pinterest I decided to make rocky road cookies adapted from this recipe - such a yummy treat that definitely made up for my biscotti fail.


1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the butter (I did this for 30-45 seconds in the microwave). With an electric mixer on low speed, combine the melted chocolate, sugar, egg and vanilla. Gradually add in the flour mixture.  Using a rubber spatula mix in the pecans, marshmallows and dark chocolate chips. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the tops began to crack. Get a cup of tea or glass of milk and cozy on up with these chocolatey goodies!

Makes 1 dozen cookies.

Note: Be careful with the marshmallows, if they are near the sides or bottom of the cookies before baking, they can ooze out and become a burnt, sugary mess. Also, feel free to use other types of chocolate chips or nuts - maybe swapping them for broken up graham crackers (apparently I'm really into making things S'mores flavoured re: this post)!


  1. Joanna these look so yummy! And pretty simple to make.

    P.S. I'm really enjoying your blog :)

  2. Umm, yum!! I know what I'm baking the next time a cookie-craving strikes... ;)

    I saw your comment on A Beautiful Mess, and had to tell you that I totally relate to your mention of "winter hobbies" versus "summer hobbies." Since the cold weather hit, I have been hooked to my crochet hook! :)


    1. They certainly were delicious! I have a bag of wool waiting for a project so your blog looks like it will be perfect for helping me find a new one!

  3. These look SO delicious! We have been looking for a really chocolate cookie recipe. Will be pinning these to try soon! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

  4. Oh my goodness these look so delicious I'm actually not sure how I'm going to make it through 9 hours of work without one :(

    1. Cookie runs are always a good idea and make long work days much more bearable - go find yourself some cookies!