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Loaded with marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate chips, these Rocky Road Cookies are soft and chewy and so much fun! Perfect for bake sales, cookie swaps, and dunking in a cup of milk!

An image of Rocky Road chocolate cookies topped with mini marshmallows.

Rocky Road Cookies Recipe

Hi again! It’s Amy from House of Nash Eats and I’m so excited to be back sharing this easy cookie recipe!

I LOVE rocky road, with all the marshmallows and nuts! So many good textures and flavors going on in the mix! Every year I make rocky road fudge and Grandma Nash’s toffee recipe at Christmas and share it with friends and neighbors. It’s a tradition that I love and my family enjoys taking the plates of goodies around to give out.

These rocky road cookies have that classic combination of chocolate, marshmallows, and almonds in cookie form, and what’s even better is that you can go from zero to cookie in about 20 minutes!

No chilling is necessary and you still get wonderfully rich, soft chocolate cookies that are chewy and crisp around the edges. If you are looking for a cookie to take to a Christmas cookie exchange, I’m pretty certain this one would be a contender!

An image of a soft rocky road cookie with chocolate base, marshmallows, and almonds.

How To Make Rocky Road Cookies

  1. Start by creaming the butter and brown sugar by beating on medium-high speed. Creaming is when butter and sugar are combined at a high speed until the mixture becomes light in color and fluffy in texture. An electric hand mixer totally works for this cookie dough, but I find a stand mixer to be easier.
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix again. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl so the batter mixes evenly, and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Slowly mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Take your time so you don’t end up with a cloud of flour and cocoa powder that dusts all of your kitchen surfaces!
  4. Now the fun part! Stir in chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and marshmallows just until they are evenly spread throughout the cookie dough. You don’t want to over mix your cookie dough or you could end up with a dry and crumbly cookie.
  5. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out evenly-sized balls of dough. You can drop them right onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, or roll them lightly between your hands for perfectly round, uniform cookies. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can eyeball it, but I definitely recommend investing in one if you love to bake cookies. They are really affordable (around $10-$15) and come in super handy.
  6. Bake your Rocky Road Cookies, just until the cookies are mostly set up, but still a little doughy in the middle. Then, and this is a total vanity step to make the cookies look pretty, stick a few marshmallows, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips into the tops of each cookie, pressing a bit so they stay put.
  7. Bake for 1 more minute, just so the marshmallows puff but don’t completely lose their form. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

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An image of balls of chocolate cookie dough on a baking sheet.

Tips for Baking Rocky Road Cookies

  • Be sure to use parchment paper or a silicone mat on your baking sheet for these cookies. Sometimes the marshmallows in the dough will melt and stick to the pan, so it’s much easier to remove the cookies when they are baked on parchment paper.
  • You can use almonds or walnuts in rocky road cookies. I don’t think there is one right answer about whether rocky road uses one nut over the other. We like both, but I love the extra crunch of the almonds with the gooey-ness of the marshmallows.
  • Don’t skip adding the marshmallows on top. Not only does it make the cookies more attractive, but it really boosts the marshmallow element that is needed for rocky road and balances out the cookie. If you love marshmallows like we do, you might also want to try these S’mores Bars!
  • How to store: These cookies will keep on the counter in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • How to freeze cookies: Place in an airtight container in a single layer, then add a layer of parchment paper in between the layers. Stick them in the freezer for up to 1 month.

An image of soft rocky road chocolate cookies topped with marshmallows.

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Rocky Road Cookies

4.72 from 7 votes
Loaded with marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate chips, these Rocky Road Cookies are soft and chewy and so much fun! Perfect for bake sales, cookie swaps, and dunking in a cup of milk!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 2/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus more for the top of the cookies
  • 1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped plus more for the top of the cookies
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows plus more for the top of the cookies
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, mixing on medium-low speed until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips, almonds, and marshmallows. Scoop balls of cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet using a medium cookie scoop.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, until mostly set, but still underbaked in the middle. Remove from the oven and immediately place a few extra marshmallows on top of each cookie, along with a few extra chopped almonds and chocolate chips, if desired. Return to the oven and bake for 1 minute longer, until marshmallows have puffed slightly.
  • Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.


Walnuts can be used instead of almonds. 
For more uniform cookies, lightly roll each ball of dough between your palms before baking.
Keyword rocky road


Calories: 219.14kcalCarbohydrates: 27.13gProtein: 3.33gFat: 11.53gSaturated Fat: 5.34gCholesterol: 27.65mgSodium: 128.24mgPotassium: 135.96mgFiber: 1.93gSugar: 17.63gVitamin A: 181.13IUCalcium: 38.06mgIron: 1.39mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Amy Nash

Amy is a former lawyer, now stay at home mom, who is the creator of House of Nash Eats where she shares modern comfort cooking and family friendly recipes. She and her husband have two daughters and live in the California Bay Area. Amy enjoys hiking, travel, catching up on her favorite t.v. shows, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

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  1. Irene says:

    Just made these yesterday for a co-worker’s birthday. I was a little hesitant because of the amount of brown sugar and, lack of granulated sugar. But, I followed the recipe and they came out great. They were a big hit with family and co-workers.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Love the feedback Irene. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Mrs.Zebra says:

    These turned out perfect!! I tweaked the recipe a little and it was perfect for cleaning out my pantry! The recipe is very forgiving for mixing in additional ingredients. I added chocolate no bake cookie crumbles, sprinkles, and waffle cone pieces in the batter and swapped the almonds for macadamia nuts. They baked perfect and I’m sure will be a hit at our family open house this weekend.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Mrs.Zebra! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Joyce says:

    I have made these cookies twice and each time the marshmallows have melted and run on the pan. The cookies spread like crazy in the pan, especially the ones with marshmallows. What am I doing wrong? My husband says they taste fine but they certainly don’t look like yours in the pictures. Mine really spread out. Thanks for your help.

    1. Amy Nash says:

      Don’t add the marshmallows on the top of the cookies until right at the very end of the baking time. I just pull the cookies out about a minute before they are truly done and stick a few in to make them pretty. As for the cookies spreading like crazy, was your butter really soft when you added it? It should be softened enough to mix in, but not melted, and you can always try chilling the dough for an hour before scooping and baking the cookies if you need to, although I’ve never bothered with chilling this dough. But if it’s spreading significantly, you might try adding another tablespoon or two of flour and seeing if that helps.