Chocolate Rocky Road Cookies

Soft and chewy rocky road cookies will hit the spot and remind you of your favorite rocky road ice cream. These chocolate cookies are packed with almonds, chocolate chips and marshmallows! You don’t have to chill the dough, this rocky road cookie recipe is ready in 30 minutes!
rocky road cookies stacked on top of each other

What’s in rocky road cookies?

Our rocky road cookies follow the classic flavors of rocky road ice cream. Our recipe starts with a chocolate cookie base, then you add in almonds, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Extra marshmallows in mine, please!

What kind of nuts can I use?

Our nut recommendation would be to use either almonds (chopped or sliced), peanuts (whole or chopped), or walnuts (chopped).

But these are your cookies! If you want to use pecans, cashews, etc, I say go for it!


rocky road cookies on metal baking sheet

Can I use mallow bits in place of the marshmallows?

Yes, you definitely can. I would suggest using 1 cup of Mallow Bits and mixing those into the batter. If you’re not sure what mallow bits are, they are basically like lucky charm marshmallows shaped into tiny marshmallow shapes. They won’t give you the same gooey texture of mini marshmallows, but they are still fun (and delicious) to use in this rocky road cookie recipe.

Can I make these rocky road cookies gluten free? Dairy free?

Yes! I recommend using King Arthur All Purpose Gluten Free Flour as a one for one substitute for regular all-purpose flour. We have used that flour with AWESOME results to make these cookies gluten free!

To make these chocolate rocky road cookies dairy free, you can substitute palm shortening for the butter and use dairy free chocolate chips.

rocky road cookie dough balls on silicone baking mat

How to make cookies that LOOK AWESOME

Okay, so cookies taste great, but we want them to look great too. Making cookies look awesome takes 1 extra step in the baking process.

Here’s the key: to make delicious, drool-worthy cookies, always add additional toppings to the outside of your dough balls. That way when your cookies are done baking, they’ll have all these delicious looking pieces of almonds, chocolate chips, and marshmallows on the surface of the cookie.

Don’t be afraid to load them with toppings 🙌

rocky road cookies on metal plate

What’s the best way to bake cookies?

I highly suggest you bake cookies on a cookie sheet that’s lined with a silicone baking mat. Also, bake cookies in the middle of your oven, one tray at a time.

How to eat rocky road cookies

Put them in your mouth, duh. I kid 🤣

What I mean is that you can eat them warm right off the cookie sheet, let them completely cool and eat or, microwave them for 5 seconds before eating if they are stored in a tupperware container.

rocky road cookies on metal baking sheet

Want more cookie recipes?
Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Classic Monster Cookies

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rocky road cookies stack on top of each other

For a step-by-step of how to make this rocky road cookie recipe, watch this short video:

Chocolate Rocky Road Cookies

Chocolate Rocky Road Cookies

Yield: 15-18 cookies
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Soft and chewy rocky road cookies will hit the spot and remind you of your favorite rocky road ice cream. These chocolate cookies are packed with almonds, chocolate chips and marshmallows! You don’t have to chill the dough, this rocky road cookie recipe is ready in 30 minutes!


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almond, broken into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • To top the cookies: 1 cup mini marshmallows, extra sliced almonds and chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer for 1 minute, or until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, beat again.
  3. In separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing by hand with a spatula.
  4. Add in the sliced almonds and chocolate chips, mix by hand until combined. The batter will be thick.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls onto a silicone lined baking sheet. Press 3-4 mini marshmallows into each cookie and add additional almond pieces and chocolate chips to the outside of the dough balls.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool to the touch on the baking sheet (about 15 minutes) then move them to a cooling rack.


This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.

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  2. I want to be fat and eat this

  3. Hi
    I can’t eat nuts (any kind). Would it be possible to make these without the nuts? Maybe replace the nuts with more marshmallows or choc chips (or both!)?
    Donna x 

  4. Ok I try making this twice now. The marshmallow completely melted. How could I fix it . I want my cookies to look just like the pictures.

    • Hi Rocio! Some of my marshmallows melted too! Were your marshmallows surrounded by dough? (see the photo in the post of the dough balls)

    • Hi, I don’t have electric mixer, can I just mix them by hand? Thank you.

    • I recommend an electric hand mixer if possible! You can mix it by hand, but it will take longer.

  5. Hi Beth, I don’t have cocoa powder, how much more flour should I add if I want to do it without the coca powder? Thank you.

    • Hi Veronica! Without the cocoa powder, they won’t be chocolate-y! I haven’t tried substituting that.

  6. Cookies didn’t flatten and stayed round. Is it suppose to be a stick of butter? Or half the stick? 

    • Hi Susan! Thanks for asking about the butter – the video is correct and I have updated the recipe card, the recipe calls for 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter.

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