Rocky Road Cookies

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My husband has a favorite cookie from his childhood called Chocolate Nut Drops. John is not a big fan of cookies, preferring salty snacks like potato chips and nuts. One night, however, he got in one of those over-powering “got to have them NOW” cookie moods that is more prone to overcome me than him. As luck would have it, his mom was out of town and he couldn’t get the recipe. For days all I heard was how much he wanted those cookies. Finally he tracked down the recipe through one of his sisters and she emailed it to us. John’s life was the perfect picture of food completion.

Fast forward 16 years (sheesh! has it been that long? Clearly it has been that long because the emailed recipe is dated Sunday, June 8, 1997). I have been in the mood for rocky road anything; cookies, brownies, ice cream, pie, cake, whatever. There is just one little glitch, however. I have that inconvenient chocolate/cocoa allergy issue that I developed a few years ago. Despite that annoyance, I still wanted rocky road something. I wanted it so much that I was even willing to use carob instead of chocolate. All I needed was a good recipe for the cookie base. Enter the Chocolate Nut Drop recipe.

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The recipe lent itself beautifully to adaptation and the cookies turned out to be really fun in some unexpected ways. The marshmallows melted during the baking process, leaving behind a thin, crispy outer shell on the parts of the marshmallows which were exposed. That thin shell of marshmallow crispiness was contrasted with the soft, cake-like interior of the cookies, plus the added texture from the nuts. And the flavor? Can I just say that carob totally rocks as a chocolate replacement in this cookie?

Not allergic to chocolate? Good for you! Use cocoa powder and chocolate chips; they work great. You are going to love this cookie.

Rocky Road Cookies

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: Approximately 6 dozen cookies

Recipe adapted by Terri @ that's some good cookin'


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, or other nut of preference


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, soda, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, beat together the butter, shortening, and brown sugar until creamy.
  4. Add the eggs and mix well, then mix in the milk and vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and stir together with a large mixing spoon, just until combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and nuts.
  7. On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, place cookie dough by rounded tablespoonsful, 12 cookies per baking pan evenly spaced. If desired, the cookie dough may be topped with additional chopped nuts and chocolate chips. (Do it! It makes a great looking cookie.)
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes. (My cookies were ready in 12 minutes.) Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 1 minute. Remove cookies from pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Store covered in an airtight container.


I used a standard cookie scoop and heaped the dough rather than smooth it level with the scoop.

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  1. Kim says

    Terry, I made these this weekend. Very good! They taste like mini cakes. Made a half batch and there are only 5 left! Also made your split pea soup. Thank you so much for your time and effort with this blog.

  2. says

    Hi Terri,
    Your Rocky Road Cookies look like a very special treat, that needs to be in my cookie jar. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. says

    Oh, yeah, these look amazing! I’d have to leave out the nuts for the picky family, but I think they’d still taste wonderful! I forgot to tell you how much I love the new look of your blog!!!

    • says

      Thanks Miss Lizzy. I had someone make the transfer for me from Blogger to WordPress, but I had to go on her waiting list for a blog facelift. Soooooo, in the meantime I have been trying out some new designs of my own. In my head, I think I know what I want the blog to look like, but I don’t know how to install all of the changes. I’ll just have to wait until the designer opens back up to new clients. YOUR blog, by the way, is so, so pretty. It’s funny, but I had been thinking about going with a blackberry theme at the same time you installed your raspberry theme! The picture I had in my head is almost identical to what your blog looks like. I’m thinking that our brains might be related. Anyway, as you can see, I am moving on to other choices.

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