Rocky Road Doughnuts

May 8, 2012

Rocky Road has to be one of my ULTIMATE combinations.

I could eat rocky road ice cream all day. No joke. The only thing that keeps me from doing it is that in the back of my mind I’m afraid I might turn in to a big marshmallow. (figuratively and literally).

And that would just be bad.

It’s kind of like that scary l.i.e my grandma used to tell me about the nasty faces I made as a kid. Never thought I’d be calling my grandmother a liar. But I am. And I did.

The other thing that keeps me from eating Rocky Road fro e-v-e-r-y meal is the fact that the Hubby hates Rocky Road. If that would have been on his eHarmony profile I’m not too sure I’d be wearing his last name right now.

He says he hates Rocky Road because of the marshmallows. Crazy talk right! I almost had a melt down when he told me that while in the ice cream aisle of the grocery store. What is life without marshmallows!

He’s the same with s’mores, marshmallow pops, Phish food. Won’t touch them with a ten foot pole.

Since I can’t really have Rocky Road, my cravings for it are sky HIGH. and are totally driving me to my crazy point.

So I had to take measures in to my own hands. And that means sharing my goodies with my co-workers instead of my hubby. They’re much more appreciative of marshmallows.

And I couldn’t just bring a container of ice cream to work in the morning. That would be weird. And only a crazy person would do that (have I mentioned before that I’ve just eaten ice cream for b-fast, straight up. I however am not crazy). The only thing that seems fitting for a morning gathering at the office is doughnuts.

And since we all survived the worst (!!!) workday i.e. Monday, I decided to treat every one to chocolate.

Chocolate with marshmallow frosting. Chocolate with marshmallow frosting and an almond coating.

Could life get any better?

I think NOT.

Take that hubby! You don’t know what you’re missing.

Rocky Road Doughnuts
makes 12 incredible doughnuts

For the Doughnuts:

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 egg

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Marshmallow Frosting:

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup marshmallow crème

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

For the Topping:

1 1/2 cups almond meal


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray doughnuts pans with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, dark cocoa, baking powder, sugar, and espresso powder. Add in the egg, buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla whisking until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into doughnut pans filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake doughnuts for 10-12 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes then turn out on to cooling rack to cool completely.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter, marshmallow crème, and vanilla for a few minutes until blended and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. Then add in the tablespoon of milk beating for just a minute to thin out the icing (add more milk if icing is too thick).

Place ground almonds on a small plate or bowl. Dunk the tops of the doughnuts in the almonds.

Pour a cup of coffee and get your doughnut on.

Frosting adapted from Kraft

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kimberly Beach May 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

I have nothing against Rocky Road ice cream, though it isn’t one I usually reach for, but a life without S’mores??? Moving past THAT craziness…..these look AMAZING and I am going to have to make them for my next batch of homemade donuts…which I need to make this week for sure! Yummmmm.


2 Erin May 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

What incredible doughnuts! I am not actually the biggest fan of rocky road, mostly because I’m not into chocolate based ice creams, but I am definitely ok with marshmallows! So don’t think I could say no to these!


3 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

That is one awesome sounding donut! I have never met anyone who doesn’t like marshmallow goodness!!!


4 Ryan @ Spicy Richmond May 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

I have to admit I’m not a huge marshmallow fan but I can make accepting for them in hot chocolate, s’mores and rocky road 🙂


5 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

These are GORGEOUS. Wow. Loving the photos. 🙂 And um, yeah, your hubs is crazy. Marshmallow is one of life’s delicacies. Pshhhh.


6 Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

Oh man these look fantastic! PINNED!


7 Blog is the New Black May 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

holy mofo!!! These look INCREDIBLE!!!!!


8 Steph May 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

My new saying is Holy MOFO!!


9 Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook May 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

Your husband in nuts! Rocky Road has to be one of my all-time favorite flavors. And these doughnuts…ahh just kill me now!


10 Emily @ She Makes and Bakes May 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’m going to need a minute to digest the fact that he doesn’t like rocky road ice cream. My husband doesn’t like pasta…are we even? How brutal. I love marshmallows, and these donuts look incredible. These may justify me going out to buy a donut pan. Or maybe I’ll make it into a cake instead….


11 Steph May 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

WHAT?! no pasta!! That might be worse than marshmallows!


12 Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

Marshmallows are amazing. I currently have a bag full of them that I hid from myself on the top shelf of my cabinet. Time to go take them out of hiding…


13 Steph May 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

LOL!! I’m the same way…I really try hard to hide them from myself…but somehow I always find them!


14 Emily @ Life on Food May 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

This would be the perfect treat to start off a week. Even the best week is not the weekend. These look heavenly.


15 Anita at Hungry Couple May 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

OK, marshmallows alone are a little gummy and boring but not liking them in baked goods, ice cream, s’more’s…that’s crazy 🙂 I’d sure be happy with a co-worker who baked me rocky road doughnuts! 🙂


16 Cucina49 May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Those are stunning…not normally a word I’d apply to doughnuts. They look like they have great texture, too.


17 Choc Chip Uru May 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I will work out a thousand times on the treadmill to eat a plate of these beauties 😀

Choc Chip Uru


18 Steph May 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

LOL!! I wanna see your workout logs 😉


19 egb May 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I am a total donut junkie. These look awesome. I might have to make them!


20 Sheri May 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

These look awesome! My hubby doesn’t like marshmallows either, so I’d have to find someone to share them with!


21 Happy When Not Hungry May 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Wow these look fabulous!


22 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Oh lordy. I love Rocky Road too. My husband doesn’t like it either because it breaks his “texture” rules. He likes things plain and boring, lol. I think I am in love with these doughnuts!


23 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Love these! So creative and fun. Who needs hubby to like them when you have coworkers, anyway?


24 Janet@FCTC May 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm

No rocky road??? No Phish Food??? Have you thought about getting your husband into therapy??? it may be time *sobs for your plight*

Now I want a doughnut…or twelve… to console me


25 Baking Serendipity May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

This is the perfect treat! I sometimes like making things I love and my husband hates, just so I know some will be kept safely for me for once 🙂


26 The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time May 9, 2012 at 6:10 am

He doesn’t like marshmallows and I don’t like chocolate. You need to hang around the two of us next time there’s a s’mores party! You’ll make out like a bandit. I imagine you’re a hero at work, bringing in these beauties.


27 RavieNomNoms May 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

GAH!! Those are amazing!!


28 Namitha May 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

hehehe,yes what’s life without marshmallows 😀 I love rocky road too. I have a post on rocky road brownies in my blog 🙂 This looks awesome S !


29 Steph May 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

I’m drooling right now!


30 Vicki @ WITK May 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I want these right now, I don’t care if it’s eleven at night! And that guy of yours is weird for not liking marshmallow!


31 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake May 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

I think I’m going to buy a donut pan JUST to make these donuts!! Fabulous idea to make rocky road flavored donuts!


32 Baker Street May 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Oh my! How did I miss this post! These look completely irresistible! Love the idea. Totally going to make them over the weekend.


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