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Marble Squares Recipe

Marble Squares Recipe

Field Editor Pat Habiger of Spearville, Kansas exudes, "These swirled bars are so good I just had to share them!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg; set aside.
  • 2. In a saucepan, bring water, butter and chocolate to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in flour and remaining sugar. Stir in the sour cream, baking soda, salt and remaining eggs until smooth.
  • 3. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Dollop cream cheese mixture over the top; cut through batter with a knife to swirl cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 194 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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krindfleisch User ID: 1643865 246715
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"Yummy ... good recipe."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 47976
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"I had made these squares when the recipe was first featured in TOH and I made them again on 9/6/14 for our chapel picnic. This definitely rates as a 5* recipe-they're so moist and simply scrumptious! I did adjust the recipe by adding 1 tsp. vanilla extract to the batter and I used 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa instead of unsweetened chocolate! I used a 5.3-oz. container of unflavored Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and I'd also used 1 tsp. of salt, rather than 1/2 tsp. I greased and floured my 15x10x1" baking pan and baked 30 minutes! I got LESS than 5 dozen-I got about 3 to 3-1/2 dozen, depending on the size the bars are cut! What I did was SIFT flour with baking soda and salt and added the 2 cups sugar for dry ingredients!

I did bring water, butter and cocoa just to a boil, then removed from heat!
A tidbit-one of my cousins had prepared these bars and she also declared them a winner (I'd given her a gift subscription to TOH)! Thank you, Pat Habiger, for this recipe! delowenstein"

bobbig123 User ID: 2220989 20974
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2009

"These are the best!"

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