Chocolate cake studded with chocolate chips and topped with a sweet cream cheese layer, then marbled for a fun presentation!
I have flip-flop tan lines for the first time in six years. (The flip-flops were $6. The tan lines are priceless. This is exciting stuff for a pale gal like me.) The not so exciting thing is that my bathing suit, which looked okay in June, doesn’t look so good on me anymore.
While most people are drinking water and eating excessive amounts of fruit right now, I am showing no restraint toward my favorite cookies, brownies, and of course, pie.
And these Marble Squares.
My mom introduced them to the family when I was in High School. We would be served one and then they would mysteriously end up in the freezer, never to be seen again. The batches I have been making, though, have all ended up in my belly.
So cakey. So creamy. So chocolaty. So rich. Each square just keeps calling my name. And it would just be outright rude to ignore them, right?
Here’s the only reason I can, thankfully, still fit into my shorts:
…and the only reasons I can get through a workout:
Looking good in my bathing suit, or being a little more padded around the middle? I think we’ve figured out which one is winning.
- 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar , divided
- 3 large eggs , divided
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips , divided
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375. Butter and flour a 15x10-inch baking dish.
With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the sugar until well blended. Add 1 egg and mix well. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine butter, water, and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the flour and remaining 2 cups of sugar. Add 2 remaining eggs, sour cream, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
Pour batter into your prepared pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over batter. Cut through batter with a knife for marble effect. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool and then cut into squares.