Rocky Road Brownies

I made these for Randy's birthday one year and took them to work. Just like that, I became a legend - the one who made the brownies.

Rocky Road Brownies

Base:
1/2 c. butter
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 c. chopped nuts - pecans are best

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened - reserve 2 oz. for frosting
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tb. flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/4 c. chopped nuts
1 c. chocolate chips

Frosting:
2 c. mini marshmallows
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 oz. reserved cream cheese
3 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 13x9 pan. In large saucepan, melt 1/2 c. butter and 1 oz. chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Add 1 c. flour and remaining base ingredients; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

In small bowl, combine all filling ingredients except nuts and chocolate chips. Beat 1 minute until smooth and fluffy; stir in nuts. Spread over base; sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes or until done. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows on top. Return to oven and bake another 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan over low heat, combine 1/2 c. butter, milk, 1 oz. chocolate, and reserved cream cheese; stir until well blended. Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour frosting over marshmallows and lightly swirl with knife to marble. Refrigerate until firm; cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

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