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Rocky Road Fudge

Get ready to sink your teeth into sweet squares of Rocky Road Fudge!

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Why do so many people like Rocky Road Fudge? Simply put, it’s darn good! And it’s probably because of the amazing combination of chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts!

My husband is one of those people who LOVES Rocky Road Fudge. It really is his all-time top candy to eat! His favorite place to get this treat is from See’s Candies. In his honest opinion, See’s makes the best candy. Ever. Period. End of discussion. I have to admit, I also like this traditional candy shop. I have been a fan of their confections ever since I was a little girl. I adore the sweet smell of chocolate and of course, the free samples with every visit!

Now it seems, every time my hubby is craving something sweet, he will ask, “Are you going to See’s? And if so, bring me back some Rocky Road Fudge.” And about 99% of the time, it’s a, “nope” from me! That’s because I don’t really like going to the mall — that’s where the closest See’s store is located, and I would rather make the candy than buy it! Go figure!

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And, let me tell you, this recipe is so easy — it only takes 4 ingredients and does not require baking!

Once ready to eat you will be delighted by the texture of smooth, rich chocolate engulfed with fluffy marshmallows and crunchy walnuts. I added lots of marshmallows and walnuts — just the way the hubs likes it!

Be warned, a little piece goes a long way. And, if you have a family who likes sweets (like mine), you may just want to make a double batch! It’s also great for snacking on in the middle of the night to satisfy that sweet craving! It’s also a great gift to share with someone special — that is if you can make it and get it out of the house without letting your family know what you’re up to!

The boys loved this stuff! Winner! I’m already thinking about making more!

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Rocky Road Fudge

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (12 oz) milk chocolate chips
4 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups walnut pieces

Instructions:

First, prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan with a coating of non-stick spray. Then line with parchment paper, and repeat with the spray and set aside.

Into a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir and microwave for about 30 second intervals until chips are melted. Be sure to take care in melting as not to scorch the chocolate. Stir to ensure chips are melted and smooth.

Add the marshmallows and walnuts, then fold until incorporated. Pour into your prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Sprinkle a handful of mini marshmallows on top and gently press down. Place in the refrigerator until set, or overnight. Then remove from pan, slice into small squares.

Note, my husband likes a lot of marshmallows and walnuts, you can use less if you prefer. Also, no need to chop the walnuts, when you slice the candy the nuts will be sliced.

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Surprise your family or friends today and whip up a batch of this rich Rocky Road Fudge!

Sheila


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Mississippi Mud Brownies

Y’all are going to love these moist and gooey Mississippi Mud Brownies!

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked LifeJust like I do! So, say hello to my new best friends — these sweet squares of chocolate with marshmallows and covered in a blanket of chocolate are so delicious that you may never make traditional brownies again!

The brownie layer is rich and moist, the marshmallows are melted so perfectly and the frosting on top brings your basic brownies to a whole new level of love! BFF’s for sure!

And that’s why I am sharing these incredible Mississippi Mud Brownies with you today!

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked LifeYou start with a packaged brownie mix, layered with mini marshmallows and topped off with a smooth chocolate frosting. These Mississippi Mud Brownies are super easy to make and the outcome, well, let me just say that my family quickly devoured them.

And if you read this blog on a regular basis, you will know that my family does not really like much of the stuff that I make and post. So, for them to ask, “Have you finished taking the photos of those brownies yet?” Is a true indicator that this recipe is a winner in my book!

Yeah! I will definitely be making these mouth-watering Mississippi Mud Brownies again and again!

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Mississippi Mud Brownies

  • Servings: 12 brownies
  • Time: 1hr 45mins |prep, baking, cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 package brownie mix + ingredients needed*
2-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:
Heat your oven to 350 degrees (or whatever the package indicates for your brownies). Spray a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

*Mix brownies according to package, however for the oil substitute unsalted melted butter and for the water substitute milk. This will make the packaged brownies so much better!

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted has soft crumbs.

While the brownies bake, make the chocolate frosting: add the unsalted butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, salt and milk into a small bowl and mix until well combined. This should be a somewhat thick consistency. Set aside until ready to use.

When brownies are done, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the marshmallows on top making sure you form a single layer. Put the pan back into the oven and bake for about 3-6 minutes, until the marshmallows are almost browned. Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes.

Pour the chocolate frosting on top of the marshmallows and using an off-set spatula gently spread until you get and even layer. Cool for about 30 minutes on a rack, then finish cooling in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or over night.

When ready to eat, cut into squares and enjoy.

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I hope your family enjoys these decadent Mississippi Mud Brownies as much as mine did!

Sheila


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Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake

As the clock reached 5:11 this morning I officially became the parent of a TEENAGER! So let’s go crazy and celebrate like any normal teen and dig into this S’mores Overload Cake! Where did the 13 years go? Not sure, but way too fast in my mind! I can’t believe my super smart, kind-hearted, fun-loving guy has now jumped into the next stage in his life. Oh no, what are we in for?

S'mores Overload Cake

Now let me think…what will this next phase hold for him? How about cars, girls, friends, not talking to your parents (well, that has already started!), mood swings, socializing, parties, new friends, new adventures, high school, and his first teenage crush, just to name a few. And hopefully as he goes through all of this, he will remember that his mom and dad love him, probably more than he knows. We do keep telling him that we were teenagers once, but that does not seem to make any difference, because we just don’t understand. Ok, I’m sure I had the same attitude, wanted my own space and had all the other feelings that invade your being when you’re a teen. But no matter what, we will always be there for him with open arms and our good listening ears on!

S'mores Overload Cake

So to celebrate this milestone, and to try to be a “cool mom” in his eyes, I’ve made this Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake which has everything my new teenager loves — chocolate cake, marshmallows, milk chocolate chips and of course, Rolo candy pieces. Yes, you are right…it has a lot of sugar, a lot of chocolate — the perfect combination for a special birthday for my extra special teen! Go ahead, crush on this!

S'mores Overload Cake

Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake

1 (15.25) box chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 large eggs
1 (7 oz. jar) marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup ground graham crackers
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Rolo candy, cut in half

Turn your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add cake mix, water, oil and eggs and mix using a hand-held mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan and set aside.

In a large bowl of your electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the marshmallow fluff and butter and beat on high-speed. Slowly add the vanilla extract, then add the graham crackers and sugar until well blended and fluffy. This will take about 2 minutes. Note, the mixture will be thick.

Using a large spoon, evenly place the dollops of the marshmallow filling on top of the chocolate cake batter. Then sprinkle the mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and Rolo candy on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake is done and the marshmallows are golden (note, it’s ok that the cake is a bit loose in the middle). Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve warm.

S'mores Overload Cake

Happy 13th Birthday my sweet one and only, may this new journey bring you much happiness as this Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake does!

xxoo Mama

Sheila

 

(recipe inspired from I Wash You Dry)

 Featured on Time to Sparkle #58


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Frosted S’mores Brownies

Sunshine and s’mores — a match made in heaven! And with the sun still shining around here, now is the perfect time to whip up a batch of these decadent Frosted S’mores Brownies to celebrate the end of the wonderful summer season!

Please note, I was given The Frosting Queens – Charmed Chocolate buttercream frosting product free to review. The recipe, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

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And even better, keep the sunshine alive as you indulge in these sweet morsels any time of the year!  I actually made these a bit earlier this summer and had been waiting for the perfect time to share this great recipe with you, and now that time has come! Just thinking about the incredible flavor combination of these delectable Frosted S’mores Brownies instantly puts a smile on my face. Leave it to a s’mores recipe to do that!

With s’mores being one of my all time favorite sweet treats, I decided to make a truly decadent version… I began by making a graham cracker crust, then added rich milk chocolate brownies swirled with chopped Skor bars, then a layer of gently melted and gooey marshmallows and topped them with creamy Charmed Chocolate buttercream frosting and finished with a sprinkling of Skor bar bits and coarsely chopped graham crackers! Nothing could be more perfect!

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Frosted S’mores Brownies

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package Milk Chocolate Brownie mix
Eggs, oil and water according to brownie mix
2 cups mini marshmallows
2 Skor bars, chopped
1-2 pouches (12 oz each) The Frosting Queens – Charmed Chocolate buttercream frosting, at room temperature
2 Skor bars, chopped for garnish
2 whole graham crackers, chopped for garnish

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a small bowl add the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Pour into the prepared pan and press on the bottom until even.

Mix the brownies according to the package directions. Add two of the chopped Skor bars and gently combine. Pour the mixture over the crumb crust and smooth with the back of a spatula. Bake according to box instructions. Mine took about 30 minutes.

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When the brownies are done, pull out of the oven and immediately top with the marshmallows. Put back into the oven for about 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are soft, but not browned.

Let cool completely on a wire rack (this part may be hard to do — my husband and son wanted to gobble them up immediately at this stage).

When cool, gently knead the pouch of frosting, cut open, and squeeze out over the marshmallows. Gently spread the frosting until even with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Skor candy bits and the chopped graham crackers.

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The end result was amazing. And the frosting — I was impressed! Not only do The Frosting Queens use all-natural ingredients, including real butter, the frosting is also gluten-free.  The instructions were clear and the frosting was easy to work with. The Charmed Chocolate buttercream frosting tasted really good — it was rich, creamy and not overly sweet. When I was getting ready to frost my brownies, my son was immediately at the kitchen counter with a spoon in hand wanting to try a bit of the silky chocolate from the cute pink pouch. Well, guess what, after one small bite, he wanted to eat the entire pouch! It really does taste homemade!

The Frosting Queens reign in Sacramento and you can find them in 300 specialty food store locations in over 30 states. In the Sacramento Area, check them out at Whole Foods and Corti Bros.  As well, you can purchase the frosting online! Their flavors include: Velvety Vanilla, Charmed Chocolate, Crowned Caramel and Striking Strawberry — yum!

So even though we are just about to say “so long ” to summer, be sure to keep the ray of sun beaming in your life as you share these Frosted S’mores Brownies with your family and friends! Go ahead, make someone happy today with some sweet sunshine!

Sheila