Marble bars and middle school. The two are forever connected in my mind. Two for a quarter at the cafeteria snack bar, wrapped up in plastic wrap, and you always, always, always ask for the squishiest ones. Marble bars could start wars, repair friendships, and bring us dramatic little middle schoolers together like nothing else.
If you’re unfamiliar with them, marble bars are kind of like chocolate chip cookies in bar form. But different. Buttery, gooey, and oh so good. Here’s the recipe. Do yourself a big, giant favor and give them a whirl.
You’ll need 2 lightly-oiled 9×13 pans for this recipe.
1 1/2 cup butter (room temp.)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350.
Cream butter and sugars together. Then, add eggs and mix well.
Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add to creamed mixture, mix well. Add vanilla and stir.
Divide dough between two pans. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
Place in oven 1 minute. Remove and spread melted chips over dough.
Return to oven and bake 11-14 minutes. Believe me, you want to be sure and leave the middle a little soft and squishy.
If you want the true blue school snack bar experience, cut the bars into squares and double stack them. Wrap in plastic wrap and serve. Charge a quarter.