Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road BarsWhile I usually prefer cooking to baking, there's something about fall that makes me want to get my bake on. Perhaps it's because the warm oven is more welcome now that it's not sweltering outside, or the vast array of bake sales I seem to be constantly supplying, or just that it's comfort food time, but I'm constantly searching for new and delicious treats to try.

These rocky road bars are one of the best baked treats I've found recently. From Taste and Tell, they are filled with marshmallows, nuts, toffee, and coconut. They're sticky, gooey, and disappear in a flash. Start preheating your oven now!

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Rocky Road Bars

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 sheets)
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup toffee pieces
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Melt half the butter. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they form coarse crumbs (or put them in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag and whack them with a rolling pin).

Place the crumbs in a bowl; mix with the 3 tablespoons sugar and the melted butter until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and all the way up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake the crust until light golden and almost firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the remaining butter, stirring until smooth. Whisk in the 1 cup sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Fold in the flour and salt until just combined. Fold in the pecans.

Pour the batter into the prebaked crust. Top with the toffee pieces. Bake for 10 minutes.

Top with the coconut; bake for 15 minutes more. (Note: If you skip the coconut, you still need to add this baking time.)

Top with the marshmallows and bake until they are golden and melted, and a fork, inserted in the bars, comes out clean, about 10 minutes more.


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