Rocky Road Cookies

Inspired by Gilmore Girls, these rocky road cookies are dairy free, stuffed with walnuts and chocolate chips, then topped with marshmallows and chocolate.

Rocky Road Cookies | Gilmore Girls recipe | @simplywhisked

As I sit here, drinking my first cup of coffee for the day, I know there are NEW episodes of Gilmore girls waiting for me on Netflix. It’s a really weird feeling. Part of me wants to drop what I’m doing and binge watch all day, but that’s obviously unrealistic, mostly because I don’t think my two year old would appreciate the show at all. She’s a little partial to Daniel Tiger right now, but I’m actually waiting for my husband to watch it. He says he doesn’t care about it, but I’ve forced him to watch the original series so many times that it just doesn’t feel right to watch it without him.


Rocky Road Cookies | Gilmore Girls recipe | @simplywhisked

This week’s Friday Night Dinner recipe is rocky road cookies. From one of the very first episodes of Gilmore girls, Love, War and Snow, and Rory brings Dean a big batch of rocky road cookies – because she doesn’t like them – before leaving for Hartford and getting stranded in the snow. Leaving Lane to fend for herself during the hair touching debacle and letting Lorelai have her very first date with Max. One of my favorite episodes, mostly because of the snow.

Rocky Road Cookies | Gilmore Girls recipe | @simplywhisked

I think I’ll start streaming this afternoon, and make us a big batch of Patty’s Founder’s Day Punch tonight to finish off the series. I’m also debating cheeseburgers for dinner. A Gilmore classic, that should probably be followed by massive amounts of Red Vines and popcorn while we watch. What do you think?

Tip: Try using scissors to cut the marshmallows in half. It makes it super fast and easy.

Rocky Road Cookies | Gilmore Girls recipe | @simplywhisked

Rocky Road Cookies | Gilmore Girls recipe | @simplywhisked

Rocky Road Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 dozen


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • 1 cup walnut pieces + extra for topping
  • 24 large marshmallows, cut in half

For the chocolate drizzle:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • 12 teaspoons shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat shortening and sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy – about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined. Add flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until incorporated, scrapping sides as needed.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and top cookies with marshmallow halves. Return to oven for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. Repeat steps 6 – 7 to bake remaining cookies.

For the chocolate drizzle:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in 30 second intervals. Stir in shortening to smooth out the melted chocolate and allow for easier drizzling.
  2. Drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies and top with walnut pieces.


*Use dairy free chocolate chips to make these cookies dairy free.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from In Katrina’s Kitchen.

Rocky Road Cookies | Gilmore Girls recipe | @simplywhisked

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