Sunday, February 27, 2011

Marble squares

Hungry for chocolate chip cookies, but short on time?

Need a yummy dessert for a pot luck?

Marble squares are a delicious solution to both of these predicaments. They are essentially chocolate chip cookie bars, which means they are cooked in one pan and you don't have to spend an hour or more baking 12 cookies at a time!

Marble Squares
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F, or the appropriate temperature for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
  2. Make the batter for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, using about 1/3 to 1/2 less chocolate chips than it calls for. One of our favorite recipes can be found here, with the ingredients listed below:
    1C shortening
    3/4 C sugar
    3/4 C brown sugar
    1 T vanilla (liberally)
    1 t salt
    1 t baking soda
    2 eggs
    2 C flour (may take up to 1/4 C more)
    12 oz. Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate chips
  3. Spread your cookie dough into a 9"*13" baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.
  5. Set into your preheated oven for about 5 minutes, or until chocolate chips are melted. Remove baking dish from oven. Using a knife, "cut" into the dough length- and width-wise in straight lines, pulling the chocolate as you go. This is to create the "marbled" look. See photo below.
  6. Continue baking for about 15-20 minutes, until done.
  7. Cut into squares and serve (goes great with ice cream!)
It will be sticky, but try to spread the cookie dough evenly into your baking dish.

The dough may shift in the direction you "cut" it, but it will slide down the edges of the pan as it finishes cooking.
Notice the lines running horizontally in this photo. Cut vertically also.
The final product!

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