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Rocky Road Gluten-Free Brownies

I decided to bring a little treat over to my friend’s house for book club last week – I wanted it to be easy to make but I also wanted it to be a little bit different… Brownies are always an easy dessert option but they just look so… brown. I climbed up on the counter (true story) to get a better look at my dark, dark cupboard and saw a tawdry assortment of fabulous dessert toppings … mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts. Why not make my super-quick saucepan brownies but top them with this “Rocky Road” combination? If nothing else, I was pretty sure it would look good…

Thankfully, these Rocky Road Brownies looked good and tasted good. I brought them over to my friend’s house while the brownies were still a tiny bit warm so cutting apart the gooey marshmallow topping was a bit of a challenge. If you do this at home, let it cool COMPLETELY before you try to cut it into squares.

Ingredients for the brownies: 

Start with butter, water, and sugar…

3/4 c. sugar
2 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
2 c. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (or a combo)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour (I used Jules’ Gluten Free Flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt 

Ingredients for the topping:
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup (or more) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)


Cook for 4 or 5 more minutes …

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the following ingredients in a saucepan. Bring just to a boil and remove from heat:

3/4 c. sugar
2 T. water
1/3 c. butter

Step 2. Add 1 c. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and blend until smooth.

Step 3. Add 1 t. vanilla.

Step 4. When the chocolate is sufficiently cool, add 2 eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each egg.

Step 5. Gradually add: 3/4 c. gluten-free flour combined with 1/4 t. salt and 1/4 t. baking soda.

Step 6. Stir in 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour into greased 9 x 9 pan. Bake 30 minutes.

Step 7. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts. Put the pan back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Step 8. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting!


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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