Marble Squares II Recipe -
Marble Squares II Recipe
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Marble Squares II

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"Combining sour cream and chocolate, how can you go wrong?"

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Original recipe makes 30 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine margarine, water and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Combine the flour and 2 cups sugar; stir into the cocoa mixture until well blended, then stir in the eggs, sour cream, baking soda and salt. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar until smooth. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the batter in the pan. Swirl with a knife for a marbled effect. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies start to pull away from the sides. Cool and cut into bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 25, 2007

I'm rating my mom's version 5 stars. It differs in three ways: you use 1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate squares, which is then melted with the margarine and water. Secondly, you combine all the dry ingredients before you put in the chocolate, sour cream, etc. Finally (and most importantly), you add an egg to the cream cheese mixture, which makes it much thinner and easier to marble the squares.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 12, 2003

It's impossible to swirl the thick mixture of cream cheese and sugar. Maybe I didn't let it soften enough, but I did beat it for a very long time and it was still too stiff. Also, the recipe calls for sour cream and cream cheese; the two together makes the brownies too tangy. Maria


12 Ratings

Feb 15, 2011

A family favorite for years! Yes, these are definitely more cake like than your traditional brownies (that's why they're not called brownies), and no, I don't think they're super chocolaty, but they are still chocolate. I was surprised by other reviewers that said the sour cream made the dessert "tangy". I've never thought that these were tangy. Similar to another reviewer, I always add an egg to the cream cheese mixture, and we also melt 1.5 oz of unsweetened baking chocolate squares instead of the cocoa powder.

Apr 14, 2009

This recipe, although a lot more time consuming then some other dessert recipes is my absolute favorite. My mother in law has been making them for years. These are not brownies, to call them that is a complete misrepresentation of their greatness. You really need to let the eggs, butter and cream cheese come to room temp. for the best results in this recipe. Everyone who has ever eaten one (that I know personally) has loved them! I'd give it more then 5* if I could.

Dec 16, 2005

This was GREAT!! You MUST use an electric mixer for this recipe. You need to take the time to beat the creamcheese and sugar until it is smooth. Makes all the difference. It creates mushy,gooey spaces in the brownies. Wonderful!

Mar 06, 2005

Who was daring enough to rate this recipe 1*? It surely is quite tangy, but what would you expect in a recipe containing sour cream and cream cheese. These bars are super moist, not that rich, and ready in no time. Make sure though that your cream cheese is at room temperature; you might want to microwave it for about 20-30 sec.

Apr 23, 2006

Brownies are my curse, I can never get them right. This recipe sounded interesting but didn't quite work either. I wouldn’t discard it though, because I think with some modifications it can be very tasty. Next time I will double the cream cheese mixture and use at least twice the amount of cocoa powder called for, as they were not chocolaty at all. I also added a bit of coffee liqueur and think it gave them a very nice flavour.

Mar 20, 2006

I wasn't super impressed with these brownies. I thought they weren't chocolatey enough for our tastes. Don't get me wrong, they were good, but for us, i don't think i'll be making them again.


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  • Calories
  • 184 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 8.6 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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