Rocky Road Bars Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Rocky road bars are the great for any impromptu get together! Pile them high on a plate for a night around the pool for a dessert kids and adults will both love.

My love/hate relationship with summer can get a little complicated at times.

Sure…there are days when the kiddos fight over cupcake crumbs and who touched who’s sock…but there are also long lazy nights around the pool and spur of the moment cook-outs with friends.

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Said cook-outs usually involve cocktails and laughs and the kids running around the yard out of our hair. And I’m definitely not mad about that.

I used to stress over entertaining – homemade everything, a carefully planned menu – but I have since learned that it’s really about the company. It sounds cheesy, but it’s so true.

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Some of our most memorable nights have been when I’ve ran to the store for hot dogs, chips, a few sides, and threw it all on the table so we could enjoy our company without running ourselves crazy.

A dessert is always a must for such an evening, and I almost always have a variety of cake mixes on hand for the occasion.

From cookies, cupcakes, or simple bar desserts, there are so many simple handheld treats that can be easily made with a cake mix. Love them or hate them, they’re convenient and no one ever complains.

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Rocky road is one of my favorite ice cream flavors, and seeing that it’s summer, the idea for rocky road bars hit me. Chocolate, marshmallow, and peanuts – can you ever go wrong with that?

If there are allergies (or picky kiddos), just swap out the peanuts for some M&Ms and you’re good to go.

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You won’t believe how easy and yummy these bars are! They’ll be in your regular rotation in no time. Enjoy!

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Rocky Road Bars Recipe

    15 Servings


  • 1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup Salted Butter, melted
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 10 ounce bag Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts, finely chopped
For the Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 4 tablespoons Salted Butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter, egg, water, and vanilla. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Immediately upon removing pan from oven, sprinkle evenly with mini marshmallows and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until marshmallows are puffy but not toasted.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and set aside.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and butter in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth. Drizzle over bars.
  6. Chill until firm. Slice and serve.



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Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 15 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Recipe 15

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 141
Calories 299

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 107mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 6g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!