Baking with the children – Rocky Road

Baking is one of the children’s favourite activities, and something which we do quite often as a family. I won’t lie, it can get a little bit stressful when all four of the children are wanting to “help” and the aftermath will have you reaching for the mop bucket, but it’s always lovely to see their little faces tucking into something which they have created themselves.

Over the years I have found several ways to make baking less stressful.

1. Make sure that yourย kitchen worktops are clear before you start baking. There’s nothing worse than trying to work around clutter.

2. Pre weigh the ingredients into separate bowls that can simply be tipped in by the children. I find that this saves a lot of time, mess and arguing over who gets to do what!

3. Wear aprons – this is something I learned the hard way! Wipe clean aprons are a must and save a lot of washing afterwards.

Our favourite recipe to make together is Rocky Road. Partly because it requires minimum baking and partly because, with me not being the best cook, there is little chance of it going wrong!


200g Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa solids works best)
2-3 tbsp Golden Syrup
135g Butter or Margarine
100g Mini Marshmallows
200g Digestive biscuits
Icing sugar to dust
Optional Ingredients
Raisins, dried cranberries or any dried fruit
Anything else you think would be tasty


  • Line a small to medium sized square baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place biscuits into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin or just the side of your fist until theyโ€™re broken into a mixture of everything between dust and 50p size lumps. Put this to one side.
  • In a large sauce pan melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup over a gentle heat stiring it constantly until there are no or almost no more lumps of chocolate visible, then remove from the heat.
  • Take Biscuits, marshmallows and any additional delicious ingredients and pour into the pan of the chocolate mixture. Stir all this into the mixture until everything is completely covered.
  • Tip the mixture into the lined baking tray, making sure you get it all, and spread the mixture out to the corners.
  • Refrigerate this for at least 2 hours then dust with icing sugar and cut into squares.

*** This is a collaborative post ***



  1. October 17, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Rocky Road is one of my fave recipes to do! It’s so easy and rarely goes wrong. You’re post has inspired me to dust off my baking trays now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laura Dove
      October 17, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      Yes! I love that it can’t go wrong! xx

  2. October 17, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    What a great day to spend with the kids. And this rocky road recipe sounds amazing. One of my fondest memories was baking with my grandma. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Baking is lovely isn’t it? We love to eat it afterwards too..haha! xx

  3. October 21, 2017 / 1:11 am

    The Rocky Road treat looks wonderful! My youngest daughter has 3 little ones (3 of my 4 granddaughters!), ages10 months, 3 years, and 5 years old. The two oldest LOVE helping either parent with baking and cooking. My son-in-law is great in the kitchen and often makes pancakes or scrambled eggs on the weekends (as I’ve enjoyed when I’ve been visiting). I plan to make mommy, daddy, daughter aprons for them for Christmas!

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Ahh the apron idea is lovely, I bet they look super cute! xx

  4. October 22, 2017 / 9:37 am

    These look delicious! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      They really are, and very addictive! xx

  5. October 22, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Yum they look great and a perfect baking task to do with kids old or young

    • Laura Dove
      October 23, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      They are delicious Katrina! xx

  6. November 22, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Ooooh, these look scrumptious. I know I’m a little late for leftovers now, but next time you bake them, shout if you have any spare and I’ll gladly take them off your hands….!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Laurence
    January 27, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    I really like rocky roads. and this one is really handy to make. That even kids can make it. Sweet!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laura Dove
      January 28, 2018 / 10:33 pm

      Yes I love anything you don’t need to bake too! xx

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