extreme rocky road brownies

Sometimes all you want is a bite of gooey brownie goodness. 

But then again …

Sometimes mini marshmallows are exactly what you’re craving.

Or maybe it’s pecans you’re after?

Wait.  I think we just added some toasted coconut to the mix.

And don’t forget tart dried cherries.

When you’re craving all of those things … make my extreme rocky road brownies

Oh yeah … and don’t forget the oreo cookie base.

HA!

That was a surprise eh?  You probably weren’t expecting me to add an oreo cookie base to brownies that are already chock full of chocolate, marshmallows, coconut, pecans and dried cherries?

Well … sometimes you just need to go all the way … and these brownies are all about being extreme.

I have to admit.  These are pretty stellar.  I’d been craving a rocky road brownie for a while … but wanted something a little different.

That’s when I came across Lisa Yockelson’s original rocky road mud bars in chocolate chocolate.  

It looked good.

Oreo base.  Chocolate chips.  Walnuts.  Mini marshmallows.

Only … I like pecans.  And I heart toasted coconut.  And I’m a little obsessive about dried cherries.  Add those things to the chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and oreo cookie base and I figured I had a real winner of a brownie.

I was right.

It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow.  Mostly it’s all about melting, whisking and then stirring.  

You can skip the oreo base if you want … but really … I wouldn’t recommend it.  These brownies are good.  Really good.  Trust me.  Once you make these … you might never go back to a regular brownie.

oreo chocolate cookie base

ingredients:

8 tbsp butter, melted and cooled to tepid

half a package oreo cookies, processed to crumbs

extreme rocky road brownie layer

ingredients:

1 1/4 c. flour

1/4 c. cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 lb. butter, melted and cooled to tepid

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to tepid

5 eggs, room temperature

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1 c. chopped pecans

1/3 c. mini marshmallows

3/4 c. dried cherries

1 c. toasted shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Line a rectangle baking pan with foil or parchment paper, then spray with nonstick spray.

While your oven is preheating, make the oreo cookie base.

Pour the melted butter into the bowl of your food processor (after you have turned your oreo cookies into crumbs), and pulse until well incorporated.  Spread and press the cookie mixture evenly over the base of the pan. 

Bake the crust for about 5 minutes.  Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter and melted chocolate until smooth.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs for 1 minute.  Add the sugar, and whisk for a further minute.  Blend in the melted butter – chocolate, mixing thoroughly.  Stir in the vanilla extract.

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into your chocolate ingredients.  Once the flour is just incorporated, fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows, pecans, shredded coconut, and dried cherries.

Spoon the batter over the oreo cookie crumb base.  Spread the batter evenly using an offset spatula.

Bake for about 40 minutes – or until set.  Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.  Then I like to cover the pan and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  It gets the brownies to firm up just enough that you can then lift the entire batch of brownies out of the pan and then cut into little cubes of goodness … seriously … you can get 60 cubes out of the pan.

These freeze well and should be stored in an airtight container. 

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