Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars

These fudgy chocolate bars, filled with marshmallows, nuts, and anything else your heart desires, sit on a buttery chocolate shortbread base.

A stack of Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars with the addition of chopped Kit Kat Bars!
A tower of Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars with the addition of chopped Kit Kat Bars

Chocolate Shortbread?

I have an unpopular opinion: regular shortbread can be boring. You almost have to add things to it, for it to have any real personality. Chocolate Shortbread though – already I’m intrigued. Building an entire city of chocolate coated nuts and marshmallows on top of that? Okay, I’m in.  All in.

These Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars can be made with any type of nut you’d like, but for goodness sake, toast them!!  When toasting nuts, you’re not only making them crunchier (oooh, texture!), you’re releasing their natural oils, thereby making them taste even nuttier.  And if you’re cooking or baking with nuts, why wouldn’t you want them to be nuttier? No one ever said, “nice, but those nuts taste too much like nuts!” After all, sometimes you feel like a nut, the rest of the time you’re wrong.

 

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A stack of Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars with the addition of chopped Kit Kat Bars!

Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars

These fudgy chocolate bars, filled with marshmallows, nuts, and anything else your heart desires, sit on a buttery chocolate shortbread base.
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Course: Dessert, Snack, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rocky Road, Rocky Road Chocolate Shortbread Bars, Rocky Road Shortbread bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 211kcal

Ingredients

Chocolate Shortbread Crust

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 98 g
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 65 g, light or dark
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 25 g
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cold and cut in small pieces

Rocky Road Topping

  • 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts, or any nut you like, some whole, others chopped a bit
  • 10 oz chocolate 285 g chopped
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows 50 g
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • ½ cup anything else you want to Rock your Road chopped up candy bars, dried fruit, cookies...

Instructions

Chocolate Shortbread

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 8 inch square pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper so that there is overhang to act as handles to remove your finished bars.
  • In a food processor, pulse together flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add butter and pulse just until combined. The dough should be crumbly, but should hold together when pinched.
  • Press dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until it is just beginning to get puffy, and remove from oven. Allow to cool on a rack for 15-20 minutes.

Rocky Road Topping

  • In a small bowl, mix together the marshmallows, nuts, and any other add-ins you want. Set aside.
  • To a microwave safe bowl add chopped chocolate and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between bursts, until melted and smooth. Warm heavy cream in the microwave until hot, but not boiling. It should only take a few seconds. Add the hot heavy cream and stir until fully combined and smooth. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, so the marshmallows don't melt when you add them.
  • Fold your add-ins into the chocolate, reserving a bit for a final topping. Using an offset spatula, smooth out the mxiture on top of the shortbread crust. Sprinkle the remainder of the toppings over that and gently press down to “secure” them to the top.
  • Chill the rocky road in the refrigerator until set, at least one hour, then remove from the pan and cut into squares. You might want to trim the edges to make it look neat, and then eat the edges. You know, to be tidy.

Notes

Nutrition information provided is only an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used and does not include additional add-ins.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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