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Rocky Road Fudge

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

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

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!

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

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!

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Rocky Road Fudge

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life


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


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!




Apple Walnut Cake Squares

Are you in need of a sweet snack to chase away the Monday blues? If so, I’ve got you covered with these Apple Walnut Cake Squares  — they’re moist, comforting and oh so delicious!


And if you’re days have been gloomy and filled with heavy fog — like they have been around here, why not surprise your family and bake something with apples? These Apple Walnut Cake Squares will help you see beyond the heavy haze and bring a little sunshine into your dreary days for sure!

You see, for about the last two weeks, the fog has been invading our valley. Everything is a soft shade of gray and for some, it can be very depressing. Thankfully, the sun made a brief appearance yesterday and pumped out some good Vitamin D for us all to soak up! This was especially pleasing to my son who has been coping with being sick going on 7 weeks now!

His illness has continued to invade him, and once again, we had to take him to the doctor last week. He now has to use a fancy nasal spray which hopefully will let him breathe better. He needs to use this until June when the weather clears up and is hot! Poor kiddo! Wish he was feeling better.

So, add a little sunshine into your loved ones day by whipping up a batch of these treats filled with fresh fruit and crunchy nuts. Get ready to see a big smile appear after just one bite! These baked apple gems are the perfect treat for an after school snack, a little something sweet after dinner, or just to purely make someone happy.


Apple Walnut Cake Squares

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1-1/4 cups canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 cup chopped walnuts

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

To a large bowl, add flour, sugars, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir. Then add apples and walnuts and stir until just combined; note, batter will be thick.

Spread into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clear. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.


These satisfying Apple Walnut Cake Squares will turn your blue days into bright golden happy ones!



{recipe adapted from Midwest Living}


Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Get back to the basics with these Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re a family favorite at my house. As well, I have fond memories of making pure and simple chocolate chip cookies with my mom when I was a little girl.  The house was filled with the most incredible aroma, and back then it was OK to lick the beaters! As I grew older, these cookies were always on my list of sweets I would make and share with my friends and family. Nowadays, my husband and son crave these traditional cookies — and who could resist? The soft buttery base sprinkled with semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips are scrumptious. And if you like a bit of a crunch in your cookies, add some walnuts!


Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
(recipe adapted from NESTLÉ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels package)

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup  NESTLÉ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup  NESTLÉ® Milk Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until creamy. Add the vanilla and mix until well incorporated. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low-speed, gradually add the flour mixture. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and nuts (optional).

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, drop each cookie onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for about 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Bring back some great memories or create new ones with these Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies!