Baking for kids

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Last week, I gushed over Raspberry Buttermilk cake, and promised all of you chocolate lovers there’d be a recipe for you this week.  Is there ever!  These bars feature semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and Rolos.  As if that weren’t enough, butterscotch chips and mini-marshmallows are added to the mix so these bars practically burst out of the pan.

My youngest daughter has a couple more weeks to go before she graduates from elementary school.  I’ve done a lot of baking for her and her friends over the years, and I made a batch of Rocky Ledge bars to go into the school last week.  These bars were a big hit with the eighth graders.  I think it’s all that chocolate.

And for anyone who doubts how much these kids like their cookies, I had a request the other day for my “Ethel Merman Cookies”.  Oh, the power of a blogger.

Rocky Ledge Bars

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt (I used kosher salt)
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups packed dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
36 mini Rolos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 x 13” baking pan with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. 

In a separate bowl, mix butter and brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until well combined.  Mix in flour mixture with a spoon.  Fold in half of each of the marshmallows, chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch chips and mini Rolos.

Spread batter in prepared pan.  Scatter remaining marshmallows, chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch chips and mini Rolos on top.  Bake until a cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes.  Let cool on a wire rack, then lift out of the pan with the parchment paper.  Remove parchment and cut into bars.

48 comments:

Belinda said...

Congratulations to your little girl - that's a huge milestone - and what a way to celebrate.

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Those sound so good! All those mix-ins together must make terrific bars. Thanks for sharing.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! These look great. I bet your daughter will be glad for summer to start. We start after next week.

Carol said...

Congrats to the graduate! All that chocolate, but the marshmallows look good, too!

Brenda said...

Oh look at all those yummy add-ins!! Every bite would be heaven, lol! Your daughter must be so excited, that is a big milestone. Congrats to her!

Valerie said...

These look deliciously fun...for both kids and adults! I love their name too...it sounds so rugged. :D

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the look of this ingredient list - full of choc chips and other kid-friendly things. Thanks for the idea!

Monet said...

Congratulations to your sweet girl...I know she will continue to thrive in the years to come. These bars look like they would be a hit with kids AND adults. Thank you for sharing such a tasty treat with us...and as always, thank you for being such a huge support to me. I hope you are having a beautiful weekend, my friend.

Joanne said...

Oh these look divine, just divine! No other word will do ...

Joanne said...

P.S. And congrats and best wishes to your Graduate ... Exciting times ahead!

Claudia said...

Oh those chunky bars do call out to me. But I cannot get ahead of myself - I am planning on making your raspberry cake this afternoon! Congrats to your daughter and this important milestone.

Gloria said...

Beth look abasolutely delicious I love chunky bars! gloria

Rita said...

I have made lots of bars in my time but this one is new for me and a keeper. The things we learn with our blogs is amazing.
Rita

tinajo said...

Yum and yum again - I certainly want to try these! Have a great Sunday! :-)

Lydia K said...

Rolos? You put Rolos in there? OMG, yummerific.

Beth said...

Claudia, I hope you like that raspberry cake. It's one of my favorites!

And Lydia, the recipe called for caramels but my grocery store only sells those at Halloween. Mini Rolos were a fun substitute!

jillbert said...

Rolos! I was just thinking about those because Mc Donald's was advertising a Rolo McFlurry. I have to admit that sounds good, but your bars sound better!

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

It wouldn't just be a hit with the 8th graders, people at uni (like me!) would love them too! I bet your your daughter would have been very popular with her friends!

Raina said...

Kids of all ages would definitely love these, especially my biggest kid, my husband:)

comfortablydomestic.com said...

You had me at Rolos. My boys would LOVE these cookies. Thus, it is my duty to make them!

Comfy Cook said...

Trust me, this is not just for kids. Here I am.

These is ever so appealing. How about linking this to Bake with Bizzy, at my other blog?
http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/2011/06/baking-with-bizzy-4.html

Emma said...

Triple chocolate chips and Rolos! Martha can't put a foot wrong can she? She's a fabulous baker.

Just think of me as a big kid :D

Mandy said...

Absolutely delightful!
One small piece is definitely not enough for me... I want more! I want more!

Heather said...

Beth, these look absolutely delicious. No wonder the kids loved them so much! Wish I was there to taste one. I'm afraid if I made them, they would go straight to my bum! :)

Barbara said...

Amazing, Beth. There's a bit of everything in these bars! I very glad there's not a plate of these in my kitchen right now!

Janet Johnson said...

You had me at "Rolo"! Yumm! Not just for kids, I venture to guess. :)

Sue said...

These must be a real crowh pleaser with enough ingredients to please just about everyone! YUM!

Meagan Spooner said...

These look delicious! I'm not a huge fan of marshmallows (outside of a s'more, anyway) but they look right at home in this recipe. The temptation to try making these is WAY too strong...

Nina said...

Congratulations on the pending graduation! I have not even thought about a Rolo in years! Brilliant! And butterscotch chips? Whoa. Making these very soon!

Joanne said...

Wow these bars have basically every type of chip and topping that you could ever desire! They look delicious!

julie said...

I can see why these bars are so popular; who wouldn't love them with all that chocolate?! Rolos are my favorite childhood candy. Add them to the mix and it's sure to be my new favorite dessert!

shaz said...

Oh my goodness! My kids are asleep at the moment but I bet if they saw this, I would be pestered until I agreed to make them :) Bet your daughter was very popular when she brought these in.

Jill Colonna said...

Now that's a milestone. We're in the same boat with my daughter and she's terrified of being the baby next year at the new school. Gosh, these chocolate rolo bars look just the thing. You sure know how to please them!

Jess said...

Oh my goodness--these are PERFECT! I've got my sixteen-year-old's b-day BBQ this Friday and all sorts of neighbors and kids are coming. I've been looking for a fun dessert bar, and this looks great! Thanks :)

Medeia Sharif said...

They look so moist and chocolatey. :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Yummy! I'm going to have to make me some of these. And maybe I'll share them with my husband and kids. Maybe. :D

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh wow. My mouth is watering just looking at these. I've got everything I need right here... hmm, no Rolos though. Off to the shops!

Michelle Teacress said...

I'll admit, I don't bake much - so when I visit your blog I'm encouraged to give it a try more often. These look delish. :)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

fun the candy combos can be endless

Jackie said...

Congrats and what a great treat. Love the idea of adding rolos :D

Jackie at Phamfatale.com

Julie said...

Congrats to the graduate! These cookies sound so good. Love all of the different chocolates :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Forget about baking for kids. This is baking for adults. These look awesome. Think I'll bake a batch today. Okay, I'll let the kids have dome too.

Grapefruit said...

Congrats to your little girl!
The bars look great - when it comes to candy, the more, the better ;-)

Angie's Recipes said...

Congratulations to the graduate! Those rocky bars look terrific.

Erin said...

Oh these bars look amazing! I don't think you could get any more great ingredients in there! Congrats to you daughter!

Lynne said...

These bars are a kid's dream! I love rolos-will have to make these for the grandchildren when they visit so for a marine science camp in Savannah. Congratulations on your daughter's graduation. They grow up so fast!

Tammy said...

Martha Stewart is the queen of sweet delights! These look amazing! What a fantastic post...I wish I could just reach into my screen and take a few! :)

Rosita Vargas said...

Lucen deliciosos y tentadores son barras especiales para niños.
Bet estoy leyendo todas sus recetas porque me encantan,yo espero enseñarle recetas chilenas para cuando venga nuevamente a Chile....la invito ,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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