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I come from a family of great cooks. Seriously – every single one of them is quite talented. So needless to say, when we get together, the food is amazing. We all end up eating too much and complaining at the end of the night that our bellies are too full.

So with all the great food around, you know a recipe is really good when you get a call the next day from one or more of your siblings wanting the recipe for something you made. That was the case with these brownie/bars. I had not one, but two of my siblings who proclaimed that they couldn’t get enough of these and had to have the recipe.

These are kind of a “kitchen sink” bar – a brownie base that is topped with toffee, coconut and marshmallows. And it is such a great combination of flavors – you really won’t be able to eat just one!

I only had one problem with this recipe, and it really wasn’t too much of a problem since I like my brownies ooey and gooey. You bake the brownies with the toffee, then add the coconut and cook some more, then add the marshmallows and cook some more. Usually, I have to cook recipes for less time than stated with my oven, but I stuck to the guidelines on this recipe, but at the end, the middle was not really set. I couldn’t keep baking them because the marshmallows wouldn’t have tolerated too much more time in the oven. So if you don’t like the gooey center, make sure you bake the first step a bit longer.

This one was a winner!

Recipe rating: 4.9 out of 5

Toffee-Coconut Rocky Road Bars
from The Deen Family Cookbook

Makes sixteen 2-inch brownies

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
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, the 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. 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. Store wrapped or in an airtight container at room temperature. The brownies will keep for 3 to 5 days.

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22 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Toffee-Coconut Rocky Road Bars

  1. Barbara Bakes says:

    These sound sinfully delicious!

  2. Jean Bugs says:

    These look absolutely incredible! And I am saying this as I sit here with my husband and we are both enjoying RootBeer cake!!! (which I think is just about the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made!)

  3. Ingrid says:

    Yay, you ended the month winner! I’m printing the recipe out. Thanks for sharing. Btw, I would have taken your word but the two phone calls sealed the deal. :)
    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Mmmhh, terrific! An extremely scrumptious treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Dawn says:

    oh my those look good! I love anything with coconut.

  6. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    OMG your killing me – I have been trying to be so good.. YUM

  7. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Ohhhh I love these kinds of bars the best – it is a mix of all the best ones in one! :)

  8. Elyse says:

    MMm, these bars look AMAZING. I love every ingredient that went into these. I mean, brownies are hands down one of my favorite desserts. And I love coconut and marshmallows (especially toasted) and toffee, too. What a dream bar! No wonder your sibs want the recipe!

  9. Jason says:

    Love love love it. fingers crossed i win.

  10. Sophie says:

    These sound intense, and I mean that in the very best way. I can see why the family loved it! So much to love. I’m gonna make these for my hubby, these are right up his alley.

  11. Emily says:

    Ooooh baby do those sound good. They sound so rich and delicious. I love all of those flavors so I know I would like these.

    What kind of nuts did you use? I need to go back and check. Rocky road used to be my favorite ice cream until ccc dough.

  12. Grace says:

    absolutely fantastic! how much goodness can a person pack into one bar, seriously!

  13. eatme_delicious says:

    Yum I can see why your family loved this bar! It has all the best things. Thanks for the tip about baking times.

  14. Maria says:

    This one has it all! All of my favorites in one!

  15. Manila Real Estate says:

    Thanks for the recipe

  16. PheMom says:

    Oooo… I could just snap up that entire plate! These look and sound soooo good to me!

  17. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    Oh gosh these sound and look very temptingly good!!

  18. ashley says:

    oh goodness these look delish!

  19. Holly says:

    These look delicious.

  20. Kate says:

    Oh my, I have to try these. Thanks for the recipe :-)

  21. Sophie says:

    I know I commented on these already, but I ran to the grocery store this morning before looking at this recipe and tried to recall it off the top of my head; I forgot the toffee! I also don't have gluten free crackers, but I'm determined to make a gluten free version of this dessert for fathers day :P! Too good to pass up.

  22. Eeva-Maija says:

    Thank you for this recipe, they were SO good! I made these for a dinner I gave to a friend couple of mine, here's a link to the post, if you want to read it :)

    http://heart-of-chocolate.blogspot.com/2010/04/american-dinner.html

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