For holiday gift-giving as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I made these Rocky Road Squares to give to family and friends. All thoughts and words are my own.
I’ve been spending a good portion of my days lately baking, cooking, mixing and stirring. Every year for more than the last decade, I have put together homemade food gift baskets for friends and family alike. I try and have them completed in early December if at all possible, so that they have most of the season to enjoy them.
One of my favorite holiday desserts to make for gift-giving are my Mom’s squares. She has made them for as long as I can remember and they were one of the treats I always requested for my birthday or other special occasions. She just calls them “her squares” but I think most people would consider them to be Rocky Road Squares.
Knowing that I had a lot of Christmas recipes to make over the next couple of weeks I made a trip to Walmart to stock up my pantry. Baker’s Baking Chocolate, Jet-Puffed Marshmallows, Planters Peanut Butter, chocolate bits, sweetened condensed milk, flour, sugar – pretty much the baking aisle. I usually make more than I plan to, and I don’t like needing to run out to pick up extra ingredients if I can help it.
Rocky Road Squares
- 1 C butterscotch bits
- 2 C semi-sweet chocolate bits
- 1 C Planters peanut butter
- 3 C mini Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
- 1 C peanuts
- Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray (or use butter to grease); set aside.
- Place butterscotch bits, chocolate bits, and peanut butter in the top of a double-boiler (you can also use a large, microwave-safe bowl).
- Melt the ingredients, stirring frequently, until completely smooth.
- (If using the microwave, microwave on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Return to microwave for an additional 30 seconds on HIGH. Stir until completely smooth.)
- Remove from heat.
- Fold in marshmallows and peanut; stir gently until everything is coated.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
If you’re giving the entire pan of squares away as a gift, I like to cool them in disposable pans in holiday colors or themes. If you’re splitting the batch up for different recipients, you can pour them into a regular 8×8 pan and then cut them once completely set. Wrap them in plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator until you’re ready to deliver or eat.
I’m going to pair these Rocky Road Squares with a few other easy dessert recipes. For example, I made some of my favorite Pomegranate Chocolate Bark to give out. Baker’s Baking Chocolate in Semi-Sweet and White make these a breeze to put together. They take less than 10 minutes to make, and that counts melting time!
As these will be going to my husband’s uncle and his family, I wanted to make a main dish for them to share, too. I had stocked up on plenty of Kraft Shredded Cheeses, so I decided to send them one of my Sausage Breakfast Casseroles. They’ll be able to enjoy it for either dinner or brunch.
For more Christmas recipes and other ideas be sure to check out the Holiday Family Table with Kraft magazine below. I’m sure you’ll find lots of yummy things to make!