Can You Smell What The Char Is Cooking?
Why it's Gooey Rocky Road Bars, of course!
If you're looking for a delish dessert recipe, this is your guy! (Unless you're like, I'm actually looking for a completely disgusting dessert recipe to trick my friends and family! In which case, this won't be the guy.) It comes from my Weight Watchers: Family Meals cookbook. I made these for the fambam on Valentine's Day as a "special treat." I needed something EASY but DELICIOUS and PRETEND GOOD FOR YOU. These bars pass all 3 requirements. I've made them 2 more times since then because IT'S WHAT GOD WANTED.
P.S. If you want to see what else I've cooked up for you, click the recipes link. Yes there is only one (SO FAR!) but it's a goodie too.
Gooey Rocky Road Bars
- Serves 16 (or 12 if you're a piggy wiggy like me)
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: about 15 mins
- 4 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (about 20 cookies)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet MINI chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Editor's Note: You may have noticed I used vanilla wafers and not chocolate. I did this because the first time I didn't read the directions well and inadvertently got vanilla wafers. But they were so good that I was like EVEN IT'S BROKEN I DON'T WANNA FIX IT. Also I thought I needed more nuts (hence the pecans.) but I didn't! So you won't be using pecans- just 1/4 cup chopped walnuts!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Editor's Note: I'm paranoid AF about stuff sticking to the pan so I lined with tinfoil + sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Put wafer cookies in the food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Or place cookies in large ziplock- close plastic bag and crush with rolling pin. Editor's Note: OBVI I chose the BEATING THE CRUMBS WITH A MALLET APPROACH.
3. Transfer crumbs to a small bowl; stir in butter and salt until crumbs are evenly moistened Editor's Note: Ewww. Can you just NOT Weight Watchers?? Transfer to prepared pan, pressing in to form even layer.
4. Sprinkle chocolate chips and walnuts over crust. Pour sweetened condensed milk over and sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake until chocolate is melted and marshmallows begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Editor's Note: I've found it takes more like 20 minutes to get the marshmallows toasty.
5. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate until firm. Cut bars into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 pieces, making a total of 16 bars.
OK so TRUE CONFESSIONS...the second time I made these bars (the day I was taking pics) I DONE BURNED THEM! WAHHHHHHHHHH!!! I'm what you might call an "overzealous" cook and I get annoyed waiting around. I turned on the broiler being like, "Ohhh this will go so much faster and I'll be able to go back to stalking people on Instagram!" But I forgot broilers be POWERFUL and my marshmallows got quite...crispy. It was still edible but not picture worthy. So in other words, I don't have any final pics of the bars once they out of the oven and still in the pan. PLEASE FORGIVE ME BUT ALSO TRUST ME AND MAKE THESE!!!
ALSO if you're so inclined:
119 calories SmartPoints Value: 6 per bar---->SO WORTH IT!
Hope you enjoy this recipe! It's one for the books! My #goals is to get another post up this week. HOWEVER one of my best friends from HS is coming to visit with her family AND THAT REUNITED-AND-IT-FEELS-SO-GOOD, WINE WON'T DRINK ITSELF!
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