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Rich brown rocky road cookies full of white mini marshmallows, dark chocolate chips, and light brown nuts.

Rocky Road Cookies (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 20 Cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Rich and fudgy, these amazing rocky road cookies are packed full of mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and crunchy chopped nuts. Simple to prep, only ten minutes and no chilling necessary; this easy classic one-bowl recipe will be a new rocky road family favorite. Bonus: the recipe can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, or “regular.”


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  • 1/2 cup (114g) vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coffee or vegan milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240g) gluten-free flour 1:1 baking blend
  • 1/2 cup (44g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt (or 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt)
  • 1 cup (45g) vegan mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup (126g) vegan chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup (88g) chopped almonds or walnuts (or nut of choice)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and mix until smooth. 
  3. Add in the coffee or milk, applesauce, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Note that the mixture may look a bit separated here, it’s okay.
  4. Measure in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix on low until a soft dough forms.
  5. Gently fold in the mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts.
  6. With a large cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Place a few additional mini marshmallows and chocolate chips on top if desired. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The edges should be set and the center will appear slightly underbaked.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing them to a wire rack to fully cool. Enjoy!
  8. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American