Fifteen Spatulas

Ooey Gooey Rocky Road Cookies

Ever since the idea of rocky road cookies popped into my head a month ago, I have been tweaking recipe after recipe so I could come up with a cookie extraordinary enough to be posted on my website.

…because let me tell you, I don’t post ANYTHING on here that I don’t think is COMPLETELY scrapeworthy and delicious).

These cookies are complete ooey gooey chocolate goodness (I mean, flourless chocolate goods usually are).

And the marshmallows on top are all crispy and golden brown on the edges and gooey in the middle.

Just like if you roasted them on a fire!

You might be wondering why we don’t just mix the marshmallows into the batter, and the reason is they sort of melt and disappear that way.

The golden brown crispy shelled marshmallows on top make this cookie truly incredible and rocky road-esque.

Ooey Gooey Rocky Road Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 extra large egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2.5 oz sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup mini marshmallows


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk in the salt. Add the egg whites and vanilla and whisk until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and almonds.

Use a disher to portion out small mounds on to the parchment paper, then top each cookie with 4-5 marshmallows. Pop into the freezer for 5 minutes to chill slightly (this prevents them from spreading too much in the oven).

Bake for 12-13 minutes until the marshmallows are golden brown. Let the cookies sit on the paper for a few minutes to set, before moving them to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Creative Kitchen

Leave a comment:


  1. thesmartcookiecook posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:06 am (#)

    Omg omg these look so insanely good! I love rocky road, or anything chocolate. I need to make these asap!

  2. frugalfeeding posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:20 am (#)

    These look INCREDIBLE… just like you said. I made rocky road a while ago, and it was probably the most delicious thing I’ve ever made – it is so incredibly simple. This is such a great idea. Yum.

  3. Meg posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:35 am (#)

    Be still my hungry heart! These look incredible and definitely scrapeworthy. It’s been way too long since I sunk my teeth into an ooey, gooey, richly chocolately cookie. Might be a good hurricane recipe to try out . . . as long as I don’t lose power!

  4. Tina@flourtrader posted on August 26, 2011 at 11:43 am (#)

    Love all the lumps of goodies in these cookies! Rocky road is such a classic flavor and these cookies look amazing-thanks for sharing.

  5. Sara posted on August 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm (#)

    Will definitely be making these!!! Question- did you buy the almonds toasted already or did you do that yourself?
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Joanne replied on August 26th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Sometimes the almonds are already roasted, but often times they are not. Either roast them in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown (shake the pan every 5 minutes or so) or you can toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown. I recommend the oven method over the pan method though! Enjoy the cookies!

  6. Calogero posted on August 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm (#)

    Nice photos, thanks.

  7. Ann posted on August 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm (#)

    Those are incredible cookies! I have to say – they are most certainly scrape-worthy! Not only that, your photos are amazing….as usual!

  8. Juanita posted on August 27, 2011 at 5:24 am (#)

    They’re like little chocolate pizzas – so cool!

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on August 27, 2011 at 7:57 am (#)

    Those cookies look fabulous! I think I would have a hard time just eating 2!

  10. thedrivencook posted on August 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm (#)

    Yum! Wow these look absolutely incredible!

  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide posted on August 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness. Those look amazing.

  12. Danielle posted on September 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm (#)

    I just made these tonight…they are ooey gooey indeed, and as delicious as can be!!!

  13. Heidi posted on September 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm (#)

    YUM!! What a great (easy) recipe! Good even at high altitude :) Thanks!

  14. Laura posted on May 25, 2012 at 11:33 am (#)

    We made these last night. They are delicious! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on May 25th, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Hi Laura, Thanks for stopping by to let me know! Aren’t they uber chocolate-y? LOL. Have a great holiday weekend!

  15. Hani Blythe posted on June 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm (#)

    I’m gonna try to make make these today because as expected, the last of the pumpkin clouds I made have already gone earlier today!! :) These look like they won’t last long too but I guess that’s a big part why I love baking using your recipes – they are all so good! Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 21st, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      haha! Let me know which one you like better, enjoy them!

  16. Barbara posted on July 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm (#)

    No flour? No gluten.
    They look really good!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Barbara!

  17. Jody posted on July 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm (#)

    Have you made these without the parchment? I didn’t have any so I lined a cookie sheet with foil and lightly oiled it. Then, I let the cookies cool completely. But they were impossible to remove. I couldn’t even fold back the foil because the cookies folded with it. And I couldn’t get a spatula under the cookies. They just smooshed everywhere. I ultimately threw all of the smooshed mess away (after picking off the deliciously browned marshmallows and eating them while I cleaned)…
    What do you think went wrong??

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 30th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Jody. These really don’t work without parchment, as you unfortunately have discovered. Foil, even if it’s oiled, is not a good surface to bake on. You need some sort of Silicon surface for these, so you need that parchment paper or a Silpat. So sad you had to throw them out, I’m sure that was very disappointing :(

  18. Lisa posted on August 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Another awesome recipe and so easy!! Ooey gooey for sure- thanks again!

  19. Kendra posted on September 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm (#)

    Dang it! These are beautiful. I determined I had to make them today! No parchment paper? It’s fiiiiiine…..after I put the first batch in the oven (on TINFOIL), I saw the comment about how tin foil doesn’t work. Dang me! Luckily I was able to get them off the tinfoil before they had cooled too much, but the bottom layer still stuck. So, they are edible, (thank the heavens) but not presentable. Ma’ bad! Maybe I can get some parchment paper and save the 2nd batch. Anyhow, thanks for the recipe!!! I love the toasted marshmallows. It’s like a smoore.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 6th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Kendra, LOL oh no! Yeah, the parchment is so important here. I’m glad you were able to mostly get them off the foil though. The toasted marshmallows are my favorite part =)

  20. Julieta posted on September 8, 2012 at 11:06 am (#)

    Hi Joanne, could I make these without the almonds?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 8th, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Hi Julieta, yes, absolutely. Have fun baking =)

  21. Rachel posted on September 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm (#)

    I’m going to have to do this without parchment:(
    any solutions at all?

    • joanne replied on September 10th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Bake directly on an uncoated baking sheet and scoop them off the baking sheet as soon as they leave the oven.

  22. Jacqui posted on September 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm (#)

    Are the almonds whole? Do they have skins on them? The cookies look amazing and I can’t wait to make them. Thank you!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 15th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Jacqui, thanks for noticing this. I have updated the recipe. I used sliced almonds, but you can use whole almonds too if you like, if you’re using the smaller ones. I imagine slivered might be good too if you’re looking for a more robust crunch.

  23. Richelle posted on September 16, 2012 at 11:50 am (#)

    These look so YUMMY, Question: Is there a substitute for the Almonds/nuts you recommend?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 17th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Richelle, If you don’t like nuts then you can leave them out of the recipe. I’m not sure what else would go well in here…but the cookies will still be delicious with the chocolate and the marshmallows. Have fun baking!

  24. Leslie posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm (#)

    I am making these tonight, and can’t WAIT until they are done (in 3 minutes!!!). i somehow missed the “freeze” portion, so they’re big…but they still look and smell awesome!

  25. Leslie posted on September 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm (#)

    These were AWESOME. The only thing I’ll do differently next time, is i might try a different cut of almond (maybe chopped, something with more thickness). I really like almods, and i’d like them to be a little more prominent. Eat these cookies. GO NOW! BUY INGREDIENTS!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 24th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      YAY! Glad to hear it Leslie. Sometimes I do slivered almonds in here and I love the texture of those. You could certainly do chopped too!

  26. Malyssa posted on September 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm (#)

    Ok, so these look absolutely delicious! I’m totally thinking about making them & bringing them to a potluck I have on Friday. 1 question though…it’s something I’ve never had explained to me. But…you say egg whites. I know it’s not overly complicated to separate the yolk from the egg white, but how would the cookies be affected if I just used the whole egg??

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 26th, 2012 at 9:34 am

      There’s no way to say for sure without trying it first, but I think they could still be good using whole eggs. The thing is egg yolks and whites serve very different functions and have different makeups. Egg whites don’t contain any fat, build volume and give structure. Egg yolks on the other hand contain all the fat and will change the texture. My guess is if you use the whole egg they might taste a little less chocolatey but they would likely still be good. Now I’m curious and want to try it!

  27. Whitney posted on September 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm (#)

    Just made these!!!

    Oh em gee they are incredible!!

  28. Maddie posted on September 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm (#)

    I just popped a batch in the oven, but when I mixed all the ingredients it looked waaay different than yours.. Mine was so stiff and dry. I mean I literally broke my fork trying to mix it all together. Idk what I did wrong? Let’s hope the turn out sorta edible

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 29th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Maddie, Hm, this is strange, many have tried this recipe and said it turned out very well. I wonder if the cups of powdered sugar you measured were especially compacted so you had more?

      • Maddie replied on September 30th, 2012 at 12:14 am

        I’m not sure. I dont have a sifter so I just poured it into cups that’s weren’t quite full. They ended up tasting fine though, still gooey :)

  29. Tanya posted on October 1, 2012 at 2:59 am (#)

    Though these were delicious, I could not for the life of me keep them from totally running all over the cookie sheet and the ones I did, they were hollow inside so they just squished up as I tried to remove them from the cookie sheet. Any suggestions? We are in high altitude and I used cut up chocolate bars since we can’t get chips in this country. Thanks!!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 1st, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Hi Tanya, I have a friend (Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts blog) who is in high altitude and she said it’s a totally different game when you’re baking in a high altitude. Unfortunately I’ve always lived at sea level so I don’t have the slightest clue about how to remedy this. The only thing I can suggest is to refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour before baking (skip the freezing). That should give it less “spread” but I don’t know about the hollowness.

  30. Anonymous posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm (#)

    I was wondering if you could just put the batter in the fridge for 15 mins or so and then scoop them out?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 3rd, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, that would work!

  31. Michelle posted on October 14, 2012 at 10:13 am (#)

    Oh my goodness I made these cookies last night and boy was I impressed. We didn’t have enough almonds so I just didn’t add them and I ended up having to cut big marshmallows in bits. I also didn’t have parchment paper…which made these a lot more difficult to work with (ended up using wax paper). Let’s just say that I was so eager I didn’t think twice about this. Halfway through baking I usually rotate the pan since our oven cooks one side faster, and got a face full of smoke. Yea…the bottoms of the cookies were burning on the wax paper (even when I had 3 layers). Nonetheless, I managed to get the cookies off in somewhat one piece and they tasted delicious. My brother even said they tasted like fudge in cookie form. I’ll definitely be using this recipe in the near future, especially since one of my brothers girlfriends is gluten free. Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 14th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Oh dear, Wax Paper should not be used in the oven, that’s too bad you didn’t have any parchment paper on hand, but make sure to get some for next time! They will come off much better =)

      • Michelle replied on October 14th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        I guess I realized too late. I suppose I just assumed that since making Hershey and Rolo pretzel bites on wax paper in the oven was fine these would too, my bad!

  32. Robin posted on October 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm (#)

    Hi! These look amazing!!! If I just have large eggs not extra large how many large eggs should I use to have it equal 3 extra large egg whites?? thank you!! I am going to make this recipe this weekend!!!!! thank you for your video you make it look so easy and your video is very helpful!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Robin, Thanks for your comment! I would say to just use 3 large egg whites, as long as you don’t double the recipe it will be close enough. Happy baking!

  33. Teresa posted on October 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#)

    If I used milk chocolate morsels, would it still taste pretty much the same? Used all the semi-sweet morsels on the peanut butter cups. Which were a hit with my kids!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 28th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Teresa, You know, I’m not completely sure without trying it. The milk chocolate has a higher cacao butter content so it might make it turn out differently? On the other hand i could see it turning out similarly. If you try please let us all know how it turns out =) Glad you and the kids enjoyed the peanut butter cups!!!

  34. Beth posted on October 30, 2012 at 5:10 am (#)

    These are wonderful and I’m baking them again as we speak for my bake sale! Joanne, I have a question: how do you keep your toasted marshmallows fluffy? I’m not sure if it’s just a mallow brand thing or what. After taking my cookies out of the oven, my marshmallows deflate to look like little mushroom heads. It doesn’t affect the taste, but the appearance is not as “Cook’s Illustrated” as I’d like, and it doesn’t look like your photo. Tips on beautiful as well as delicious cookies?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 30th, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Hi Beth, they will definitely deflate a bit after they come out of they oven (because in the oven they heat up like crazy and get puffed and huge), but I’m curious what brand you are using for the marshmallow? Another thing you could try is to put the marshmallows on about halfway through baking instead of at the beginning. That might help them from melting down too much. Let me know if that helps! Happy baking!

      • Beth replied on October 30th, 2012 at 8:27 am

        Hi Joanne,

        Wow, you’re fast on the replies! Thank you! Right now, I’ve been using Jet Puffed, and putting them on about 5 minutes in (and then baking for another 8 or so) already increased the post-oven puffiness. Next time, I’m going to try putting them on even later. Happy baking to you as well! Thank you for all the recipes!

        • Joanne Ozug replied on October 30th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          Haha, well I try! I am currently moving from Georgia to Connecticut (just loaded up the truck earlier today) so I’m a bit behind in my emails, but I wanted to get to yours ASAP. Hope you’re having a great week!

  35. Anonymous posted on November 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm (#)

    I found that these look great, but are not very sweet…maybe if you want a sweeter treat to try milk chocolate chips. Me and my boyfriend thought these were very bitter.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 17th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Hm, I don’t find these to be bitter in the slightest, so I’m wondering what kind of cocoa powder you were using. Hershey’s? Nestle?

  36. Dylan posted on November 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm (#)

    I was wondering if I could use dark chocolate cocoa powder instead of unsweetened… It sounds stupid but I couldn’t find the unsweetened powder for the life of me at our commissary!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 18th, 2012 at 3:10 am

      Hi Dylan, interesting, I have never seen dark chocolate cocoa powder before. What does it say the ingredients are? I imagine it’s cocoa powder with powdered sugar maybe. Anyway, it should work okay I would think, it might be a bit sweeter than normal but that depends on how much sugar might be in there.

  37. Christina posted on November 22, 2012 at 1:03 am (#)

    Thank you for sharing the best rocky road cookie ever!!! I just made them. The recipe was simple to follow and they came out great. I used a silpat baking mat instead of parchment paper and it worked out just fine.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 22nd, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      YAY! I’m so glad Christina. Maybe I need to ask for one of those silpats for Christmas this year…I go through so much parchment.

      • Jocelyne replied on January 9th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        Hello Joanne,
        Lovely recipe! I’m already setting a date to make these! I saw your reply about silpats. I wanted to let you know that I just recently bought mine at Costco. It was a set of three of only 19.99. Best purchase ever! Happy baking! ^_^

        • Joanne Ozug replied on January 9th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          What a steal! That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing the info.

  38. Kelly posted on December 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm (#)

    These are the by far the best tasting cookies I’ve ever made. They even looked exactly like the picture! The only question I have: my cookie dough didn’t seem to be nearly as runny as yours is, it was very stiff. Any ideas about what I may have done wrong? Also, if I double the recipe, should I do anything different? Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 3rd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly! Hm, I’m not sure why it might’ve been less runny. Is your kitchen very cold? At the time of posting I made them in an 80 degree kitchen, and now that I cook in a 60 degree kitchen, it makes an amazing difference how cold or warm the kitchen is. That’s my only idea. I don’t think any changes are needed to double this recipe, hope they turn out well!

  39. Carla posted on December 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm (#)

    These are deeelicious. I made half a batch using two large egg whites. Mine really stuck to the parchment. I had to let them cool completely to get them off in decent shape. Yummy!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 5th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      YAY! That’s great Carla. Interesting about the parchment, I wonder if it varies by brand.

  40. Liz posted on December 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm (#)

    Mine turned out flat and stuck really bad to the pan which was really disappointing because these look so good! I did everything it said! wahhh haha :(

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 6th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      LIz, you said they stuck to the pan? Did you not use parchment paper?

  41. Jenn posted on December 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm (#)

    I made these today and they are wonderful – but I did make a few changes. Evidently my XL eggs were not quite XL enough because I had to add an additional one to have even close to enough liquid. I also ended up adding a Tbs. of water. I used pecans rather than almonds just because that is what I had on hand and prefer them to almonds. I made the first cookies with marshmallows but mine were not as pretty as yours. The rest of the cookies I left the marshmallows off and sprinkled more chopped pecans on top. YUM!! The texture is great and my gluten free friends will love them.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 9th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Jenn, I loved hearing about your changes. I bet the pecans would be divine in here, I will try that next time!

  42. Nisse posted on December 10, 2012 at 11:25 am (#)

    Can these be baked then put in the freezer

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 10th, 2012 at 11:31 am

      I haven’t tried it with these cookies but I wouldn’t think these cookies are well suited for that. They’re a bit unconventional since there’s no flour and they’ve got the marshmallows on top. These other cookies I have freeze very well:

  43. NatNat posted on December 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm (#)

    Wow. Saw your pretty cookies on Pinterest. I just finished making these and followed the directions exactly. They are super easy and INSANELY good!! I can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 16th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      That’s awesome!!! I’m so glad you liked them so much. I agree, totally easy! Have fun looking around Fifteen Spatulas =)

  44. Anne posted on December 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm (#)

    Hi! These cookies look AMAZING! I can only hope that mine will come out as beautiful! I’m looking for a new idea for our yearly holiday cookie party, and this just may be it! However, I don’t prefer nuts. In reading the comments, you indicated they can be omitted, but does the overall texture of the cookie change negatively? Do you think add Toffee Health Bar bits instead of nuts would work?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 17th, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Hi Anne, I think without the nuts the cookies still have texture because the outside is pretty crisp. My opinion is that the heath bar bits would have too much crunch for these, but who knows, you might love it! So I would say whatever sounds delicious to you, you should give it a try.

  45. Amy posted on December 24, 2012 at 12:28 am (#)

    We made these tonight and they were awesome!!!! We didn’t have any almonds but they were amazing – thanks for the kickass recipe!!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 26th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Fantastic, Amy! I’m so glad. Happy baking!

  46. Karen @ Sugartown Sweets posted on January 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm (#)

    Unbelievably beautiful photographs..and food! I’ve just looked @ several of your posts, and while they all look extra yummy, these cookies stopped me dead in my tracks! Lol..I love my chocolate. My new favorite blog!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 6th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks so much Karen! haha, yes, chocolate is magical sometimes =)

  47. Chelsea R posted on February 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm (#)

    Just pulled these out of the oven and yes they are ooey gooey goodness. I don’t know how someone said they turned out bitter because they are almost too sweet (I say almost because I don’t know if it’s possible to make something too sweet!!) I followed the recipe too (left out the nuts) and even with the parchment paper on the first batch, they did leave gooey-ness behind so I can see where people are saying it stuck to the paper. Also, my mallows flattened and created craters in the cookies – they looked horrible! I put the rest of the batter in the fridge for 15 minutes and that time they didn’t spread as much and I also put the mallows on at 10 minutes for the second batch and this time they didn’t flatten as bad and they didn’t stick to the paper this time either. I think the key is making sure to let them chill long enough before cooking the first batch and putting the mallows in at least half way after baking them.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Chelsea, this was such an awesome comment! Thanks so much for your details about your experience baking these, and I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  48. Rachael posted on February 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm (#)

    These look divine! I will most definitely be trying them!

  49. Andrea Brown posted on February 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm (#)

    These were really yummy!!! Thanks for sharing.

  50. Shahrazad posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:54 am (#)

    Thanks for this amazing recipe, can’t wait to try it tonight. I was wondering, do you switch on both the oven top and bottom, or just the bottom?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      I’m sorry, I’m not quite understanding your question.

  51. Amber posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#)

    Hello! Baking in the oven right now. Can’t wait to try them. Question, I’m a bit of a Cookie Monster and have a hard time keeping baked cookies around the house longer than a day or two. So I tend to use my cookie scoop and freeze the dough. Have you tried freezing them longer than 5 minutes?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 8th, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Amber, I haven’t tried freezing the dough. Most cookie doughs freeze beautifully but this one is so strange being flourless and all, that I’m not sure how it would turn out. If you try it will you make sure to let us all know? I’m sure there are many who are curious. Thanks!

  52. Fatima posted on February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#)

    Hi there! Quick question! If I bake these the night before, will they still be gooey and yummy the day after? I’m planning on baking these tonight for the first time (super excited!!) to take to a get together tomorrow. Thanks a million!!!

    PS. My mother-in-law is a celiac so the fact that these are gluten free is a PLUS! :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 8th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Fatima, these cookies don’t store incredibly well, they get a bit dry :( If you do make them tonight, just make sure to store them in an airtight container as soon as they’re cool.

  53. Jill posted on February 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm (#)

    I made these cookies a few days ago and I was SO nervous about burning them & having them get yucky but they turned out perfectly! This is so simple & it took me no time at all to whip up a batch (I started at 8 & was done by 10!).

  54. cooking rookie posted on March 1, 2013 at 2:50 am (#)

    I made these today. They turned out really yummy! The only thing I would change next time is putting less sugar (about 2/3). I was really surprised to see that this recipe did not have any flour, but they turned out so soft and gooey that there was no reason to worry at all. Thank you for this wonderful recipe :-)

  55. Brooke posted on March 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm (#)


    I was wondering how these would turn out if I didn’t add almonds? I wonder if I could add something in its place or can I just remove it altogether?

    Thank you.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Hi Brooke, you can just omit the almonds altogether, won’t make a big difference in the outcome of the cookie, just a bit less texture. Enjoy!

  56. Sam posted on March 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm (#)

    Love the recipe! I want to try it but I’m a little skeptical on the “3 cups of powdered sugar” part. My family and I don’t have issues with gluten, so I was wondering if replacing a cup of the sugar for a up of regular baking flour would have a negative effect on the final product. No more Ooey-gooeyness? Problems rising? Feedback is much appreciated!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 6th, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Hi Sam, Aside from how the recipe is written, I’m not sure how it would turn out. Adding flour would definitely change the product significantly. I wouldn’t know exactly unless I tried it.

  57. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting posted on March 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm (#)

    Hi Joanne! I made these with my boys tonight. We are in Switzerland so we had to use choc bars & marshmallows that we cut up so the results were not as pretty as yours but they were very tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

  58. Jennifer posted on April 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#)

    Love, love, love these cookies!!!!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 14th, 2013 at 10:22 am

      YAY! That’s awesome, Jennifer. Glad to hear it =)

  59. Sarah posted on April 18, 2013 at 10:36 am (#)

    Do you have to add the almonds? What would happen if you didn’t?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 18th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Sarah, you can just leave them out. It won’t impact the structure or anything. Enjoy the cookies!

      • Sarah replied on April 18th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Thank you!

  60. Kari@Loaves n Dishes posted on May 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm (#)

    So rich and chocolatey; but really you had me at ooey gooey!

  61. Joanne posted on May 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm (#)

    Joanne, you can lightly spray parchment with “pam”.
    Due to high sugar content, sometimes this type of cookie sticks to parchment.
    I work in a bakery, and we do this for our dacquoise, which also has no flour.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on May 20th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Joanne, thanks for sharing this tip! Can you believe I’ve never bought pam before? I will have to try it sometime.

      • Betty B replied on July 11th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

        I’m older and I have used “Pam”, but I am a “Celiac” person, so this tip on flour-less cookies, with high sugar content, sticking is usually an issue. Thanks

  62. Aude posted on May 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm (#)

    I love your recipe! And the pictures are so delicious!

  63. Keilina posted on May 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm (#)

    These cookies look really good! But i’m wondering if it will still turn out ok if i dont put the almonds,chocolite chips, and marshmallows?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on May 31st, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Hm…that’s an awful lot of the main ingredients in a cookie that doesn’t have a lot to begin with, but if you want to try it you can. It will just be the chocolate shell essentially.

  64. Ludachka posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm (#)

    Wow, these look so yummy! Thanks for the recipe– can’t wait to try it out this week!! :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 11th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I hope you enjoy the cookies! They are one of my favorites.

  65. Kristen posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:42 am (#)

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I haven’t made them yet, but I can’t wait to try!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 17th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Hope you enjoy them, Kristen!

  66. Halo posted on June 24, 2013 at 6:46 am (#)

    Greetings from the UK, and a gluten free baker. I’ve made these a number of times now and just wanted to say thank you for the recipe, they are truly delicious. I’ve written about baking these and the raptuous reception that they receive, and pointed my readers in the direction of your recipe.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 24th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      YAY!!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them. I took a look at your post, and your version looks great! I wasn’t able to leave a comment because of the comment settings on your blog but I really appreciate the response!

  67. T. Gulley posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm (#)

    Made these a few hours ago. This recipe is a keeper! Was cleaning out my cake decorating cabinet & found some chocolate chips and half a bag of marshmallows. My marshmallows were large so my dear hubby cut them up. I also had milk chocolate chips but I used them. Omitted the almonds.The cookies are very gooey & sweet. Next time I will try the semi sweet chips. Thanks for posting. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 25th, 2013 at 11:11 am

      That sounds great! Thanks for sharing your rendition and glad you enjoyed the cookies.

  68. Jennifer Maddox posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm (#)

    These are amazing! Made them for a quick treat tonight. I omitted the almonds and used white choc chips and still amazing! Most definitely going in the regular fam treat file! Be so great to have for unexpected guests too!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 15th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      So glad to hear it Jennifer! Love your tweaks.

  69. Abby posted on July 11, 2013 at 3:04 am (#)

    Hi would they still work out if I did not add the almonds? These look so amazing and delisicious but I’m just not a big almond fan. Thanks and can’t wait to make these!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 15th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Abby, others who have made this without almonds have reported good results, though I’ve never tried it myself. I say go for it!

      • Abby replied on July 16th, 2013 at 3:18 am

        Great thanks so much! These just look soooo good can’t wait to make ’em!

  70. tina posted on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 am (#)

    These look yummy. I have a child with a nut allergy, do you have any recommendations for a substitute for the the almonds? Thank you

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 15th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Tina, if you’d like you can just leave them out entirely. Or you could add white chocolate chips like someone else said they loved doing!

  71. Savanna posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#)

    Pretty disappointed, my cookies didn’t turn out at all. Kind of confused why they didnt turn out, I did everything the same. :(

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 14th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Savanna, I’m sorry to hear the cookies didn’t turn out for you. If you would like to provide some more details and I can try to troubleshoot and figure out what went wrong.

      • Savanna replied on July 15th, 2013 at 1:19 am

        I tied to figure it out but I couldn’t. I literally did exactly what it said. I dont think their was enough liquid because when I went to mix it up after I put everything together it was super super dry. but I used the same meausurements as the recipe called for so I don’t know why it was so dry.

        • Jenn replied on August 22nd, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          Savanna, are you using large eggs instead of extra large? I only had large eggs so I used three egg whites and my batter was extremely dry also. I then added about half another egg white and it smoothed out beautifully.

  72. Sara posted on July 20, 2013 at 8:51 am (#)

    I was wondering if I have to put them in the freezer? I live with roommates and they have completely hogged the freezer so there would be no room for a cookie sheet in it :-(

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Sara, you can put them directly in the oven, though they might spread out and be a little thinner. They will taste the same though!

  73. Jenn posted on August 24, 2013 at 10:10 am (#)

    These look delicious! I think they would be great fresh out of the oven, but what about after they have cooled off? Are they still just as gooey after a few days?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 24th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Jenn, if you’re going to eat them a few days after baking and would like them to be gooey, I recommend reheating in the oven or the microwave. Enjoy!

  74. jenna russell posted on August 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm (#)

    i was making these earlier and noticed that my batter didn’t look quite like the pictures. It is a lot thicker and darker, yet I didn’t change the recipe or substitute anything. Should I still put the batter in the freezer? Also, I don’t have chocolate chips or marshmallows, but do you think I could use Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate squares and just chop them up instead? Thank you!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 27th, 2013 at 9:50 am

      What size eggs did you use? Another reader noted above that the difference between large and extra large eggs is very noticeable for this recipe, so be sure to use the right size. Darkness may depend on the cocoa you’re using as well. The freezer time just helps the cookies to not spread too thinly in the oven. Regarding the chocolate, chocolate chips don’t melt and lose their shape when baked, while chopped chocolate will, so it’s not the same effect. You may still find them tasty. Enjoy!

  75. Justine posted on August 27, 2013 at 6:35 am (#)

    Hi just wondering is powdered sugar icing sugar ?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 27th, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Hi Justine, yes they’re the same thing.

  76. Maria Gonzalez posted on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm (#)

    Hi Joanne… This recipe looks absolutely delicious!! I do have one question, and would love to know your feedback…
    I want to make these for my niece birthday which is this on coming Sunday… but I have soo many things to do and also work to do, so I was thinking on making the cookies tonight (wednesday night)… Do you think the making them four day in advance will make the cookie texture not be as good? Like would they go bad? Or do they have to be done on the same day?

    Thanks so Much!! Awesome webpage by the way!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 5th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Maria, I think the furthest in advance I’d make these is two days ahead, as they will tend to lose moisture easily. Hope you are able to try them sometime and enjoy them!

  77. Madalyn posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm (#)

    Wow.Let me tell ya: the name “Ooey Gooey” is an UNDERSTATEMENT mine did not come off like the picture, and they are….wow really really ooey gooey…oh and it literally tastes like melted chocolate…super yum! but i feel super unhealthy eating them…

  78. s posted on October 6, 2013 at 5:37 am (#)

    Hello there. I was wandering, would it be o.k to substitute powdered sugar with brown sugar?
    Thank you in advance!:)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 6th, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Hello! Unfortunately that substitution wouldn’t work since they are very different. Hope you can find some confectioner’s sugar to try these.

  79. Divya posted on October 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm (#)

    Hi!! The cookies look amazing.. But me and my family.. We dont use egg.. Is there an eggless version of this recipe?..
    And.. Please dont suggest egg replacers because we dont get them here in india..

    • Divya replied on November 8th, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Still no reply :(

  80. Eliana posted on October 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm (#)

    I made these for a wedding shower a few months ago and ever since then I’ve made them probably 6 more times. They are SO good. Love this recipe.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 25th, 2013 at 8:28 am

      That’s wonderful Eliana, happy to hear that!

  81. Esther posted on October 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm (#)

    Hi! I love this recipe! And although I’m not a chocolate-person, I love rocky road ice-cream. So, I searched for a delicious recipe and I found it! This brought me to try more and more of your recipes and I seriously, loved. them. all. :) But, the first time I made this, my cookie dough was not thick, it was actually kind of the opposite. Do you have any idea why this might happen? In the last few times it hasn’t been doing that so I was just wondering why that had happened…

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 27th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Esther, I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying so many recipes! My first thought could be the temperature of the egg whites. They are very thick when cold and thin out quite a bit as they warm up.

  82. Holli posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:16 am (#)

    I absolutely love these cookies! My only problem is that they stick so bad! Maybe it’s something I’m doing. I spray my parchment paper, as suggested below, but I feel like I spend the most time scraping them from the pan and then the cookies end up in pieces. I did find letting them cool off a little longer helped a little, but then I spent time peeling the paper from the bottom of the cookie. Any thoughts??

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 8th, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Hi Holli, are you 100% sure you’re not using wax paper? Parchment paper is made with silicone and it shouldn’t stick to anything. If you did use parchment paper, I know that it’s not recommended to spray them or oil the surface.

  83. Kelsi posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm (#)

    These were delicious! I sliced my own almonds with my food processor, and so I had a bunch of powdery almond crumbs that I threw in with the slivered almonds, and it made the flavor of the cookie AMAZING. (I toasted the crumbs along with the almonds.)
    I do have a question that hopefully you haven’t already answered (I admit I don’t have the drive to read all 152 comments to find out): how do you store these? They are too gooey to put in a ziplock or to stack in a container.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 19th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Kelsi, awesome! The least messy way to store them is to wrap them in parchment paper or wax paper, then put in a plastic bag or container. Enjoy!

  84. nunny posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm (#)

    hi.. greetings from indonesia! i love ur ooey gooey cookies so much and i love all ur recipes.. i made it a couole dats ago and within a day it just vanish to my husband and brother stomach! but i have a question here.. this recipe is actually too sweet and i have a diabetic father can i substitute or add donething to reduce the sweetness.. any thought? thank you

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 6th, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I’m so happy to hear that everyone loved them! Part of the reason the recipe is so sweet is because it’s gluten-free and we use the powdered sugar to substitute a bit for the flour. I think your best bet would be to find a chocolate cookie that has some flour in it. Good luck!

  85. Jodi posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm (#)

    I just made these cookies and they turned out exactly like yours! Phew! :) They are SO!!! OMG! I’ve already “tested” three! I better stop or there won’t be any left when the rest of the family gets home! Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 7th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Wonderful, Jodi! So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies and they turned out well.

  86. shaqualhaske posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:19 am (#)

    I love this recipe so much it.make me went to cook those cookies that I like to cook .

  87. Vivian Brown posted on March 8, 2014 at 8:35 am (#)

    I Love great recipes..Love your page !

  88. jacie posted on May 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm (#)

    heyy the cookies look sooo good!!! can i byany chance use like 2 eggs instead of 3 egg whites?

  89. Cynthia Angst posted on June 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm (#)

    A big hit! As chewy & gooey as you said they would be

  90. Julie posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm (#)

    I made this for the first time on Christmas eve and will say these are really good. My family ate them all in a few hours. I will warn you, If you don’t like foods that are sweet these cookies are not for you. However if you are a person that likes rich ooey gooey desserts then you will find that this is one of the best cookies you have ever consumed.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 20th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Julie, I’m really glad to hear that your family enjoyed the cookies!

  91. Donna mueller posted on September 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm (#)

    Made these this morning and just sampled one.  Oh my! Double chocolatey goodness.  Baked as directed but found that if I very lightly spayed Pam onto the parchment paper the slightly cooled, baked cookies came right off the cookie sheet after allowing them to cooI for three mins and I found placing the cookies on the cookie sheet in the freezer for five mins really helped but I also kept the dough cold in the fridge between baking.  

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 24th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Donna, so glad you loved the cookies! And your tips are great =)

  92. Patty posted on September 24, 2014 at 6:43 am (#)

    Can I used icing sugar? Is it the same as powdered sugar? 

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 24th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      I believe those are the same, so yes =)

  93. Charlene Chan posted on October 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm (#)

    These are really addictive! I have made them twice now but the only problem I have is that they stay stuck to the parchment paper, I noticed that yours don’t, and I don’t know why. Despite the work to remove them from the pan, it is still well worth it. Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 16th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Are you sure you used parchment paper and not wax paper? Silicone shouldn’t stick at all, and that’s in the parchment paper.

  94. Betsy posted on October 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm (#)

    I couldn’t resist making these after seeing the picture on facebook, and oh boy am I glad I did! I didn’t have any nuts on hand so I left those out. I also added peanut butter chips to half the batch. Both versions are just amazing! I’ll definitely be making these again and might experiment with mint chips. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! 

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 28th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the cookies, and also added your own twist!

  95. Margie Nelson posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm (#)

    I used special dark cocoa powder. 

  96. Loree posted on December 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm (#)

    Hi Joanne. I made these last year and they came out perfect. I just made some tonight and the batter came out very stiff. I followed the recipe and used extra large whites. You made a comment to another baker about the powder sugar possibly being compacted. That could explain why the batter was very stiff. I wonder next time if I should go ahead and sift the powdered sugar, THEN measure out 3 cups. They still taste good, but they don’t have that hard shell, crackle look that makes the cookie so attractive looking.

  97. Lamya posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm (#)

    Made it and i felt proud of myself

  98. VIPN posted on February 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm (#)

    Made them last night but the some part of the cookies got stuck on the glassine paper I used. (my mom recommended it) It absolutely tastes wonderful but the batter spread out way too much even after putting it in the freezer. What can be the cause here? 

  99. dasha panigrahi posted on February 7, 2015 at 8:15 pm (#)

    Hi Joanne, these Ooey Gooey Rocky Road cookies look so good, but sadly I am allergic to dark chocolate can’t make them, No Fair!

  100. Jen posted on February 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm (#)

    hey I’m in the process of making these and I’m wondering what I could use instead of almonds and marshmallows cause I don’t have any on hand, I was thinking maybe some sort of cereal or something but not sure how to substitute the marshmallows!! Lol thanks in advance! Hope they turn out great for me too!

  101. Cat Miller posted on March 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm (#)

    Is there an adjusted recipe for high altitude baking for this recipe? I really want to make these! :)

  102. WandaLee posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm (#)

    These recipes sound so good I can hardly wait to try them!! They are well written and the pictures make my mouth water.. What a GOOD find. Thank you..

    • Joanne Ozug replied on May 3rd, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Wonderful! Enjoy!


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