Aunt Frances' Marble Squares!!

It's my last week alone with Cal. So what better way to spend it than staying at home, enjoying his company, and baking some delicious sweets together?  He just LOVES camera flashes. ;)

There are few things that my Dad can't get enough of -- I would say Conor/Caden/Cal, scratch tickets, and Vegas. But there is ONE more thing that my Dad is obsessed with, and that is his Aunt Frances' amazing marble squares.

We went over to visit sometime last year with Conor and Caden, and she was nice enough to give me a copy of the recipe. Now it's probably something about the 1 cup of shortening that's the dead giveaway - but these are to die for. And they're relatively simple to make.

Dry Ingredients:
2 Cups + 4 Tbsps Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Wet Ingredients:
1 Cup Shortening/1.2 Sticks Butter (I did not use all that is pictured below)
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 Tsp Water
1 Tsp Vanilla
12oz Package Chocolate Chips

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease your 10.5 x 16.5 cookie sheet or baking dish - or whatever is close in size.

Cream the first three "wet" ingredients first, then add the 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp water, and 1 tsp vanilla to the mixture.

 In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, and sift it.

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. I suggest adding half at a time, it'll make for easier stirring.

Combine and mix together thoroughly, and spread it in your baking dish or baking sheet. Then add the package of chocolate chips.

Place in oven for 1-2 minutes. Take it out and swirl around with a knife to get that "marble" look.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until browned on the edges.

Happy Birthday, Papa!! I was a little delayed in making the squares, so we used this cake instead. The boys love saying "happy birthday" whenever they see a flame, even a candle. SO they loved doing this last night.

Love my little baker-helper, Cal!

Look how much he looks like Caden! That tongue!

All for now...enjoy those deadly marble squares!!! You're welcome! ;)



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