So I’ve been going through a big time Amish phase lately.
The Amish thing strikes once every couple of years and can be sparked by just about anything. Like maybe the Winter makes me want to start baking bread, which immediately makes me feel Amish, and next thing you know I’m trying to learn Dutch.
This time though, I was talking books with a friend, and she told me that Beverly Lewis had some really good series. After reading some online reviews, I decided on Abram’s Daughters, and about half a book in, I was completely obsessed.
So like always, I dug out my Amish cookbooks (incidentally, the recipes using cream soups and marshmallow fluff make me question their authenticity, but questioning things may be against Amish rules, so let’s just not talk about that) and started brushing up on my Amishness.
After a particularly bad day last week, my husband even brought me home an Amish gift basket with a homemade rolling pin and stuff. Usually he’s great about supporting my obsessions, but every now and again he’s all, “can you really learn about Amish on an iPad? I don’t think Amish use Chi Irons” and I’m like, “seriously, you don’t get to crush my dreams. What if the Spanx inventor lady had someone crushing HER dreams?? Then we’d all have to diet and get sweaty and stuff”.
It’s like he doesn’t get that being an Amish sister at heart who still likes $20 lipstick and microwavable soft pretzels is a real thing you can do.
Which doesn’t surprise me. Husbands aren’t always the sharpest tools, if you get my drift.
Also…Laffy Taffy. Is it acceptable to the Amish as real food? Mental note to Google that.
Anyways, one recipe that has popped up in a few of my Amish cookbooks is Marble Squares.
A Marble Square is a chewy chocolate chip bar, but the chocolate chips are sprinkled on top and swirled around so they make a cool design.
And I got to thinking and I said, “Self…you like chocolate chips. You like stuff that looks cool. I bet you’ll like Marble Squares”.
So I made them. And they looked cool. And I liked them a lot.
These are great for a dessert tray or a late night when you’re craving chocolate and need something simple to throw together quickly.
Chocolate Chip Marble Squares
Adapted from several different Amish Cookbooks Because I’m Practically Amish Nowadays
- 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
- 6 Tablespoons white sugar
- 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 7 x 11 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the margarine, both sugars, and vanilla. Once fluffy and combined, beat in the egg. With the mixer on low speed, slowly blend in the flour mixture.
3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place in the oven for a minute or two, until the chocolate chips are melty and shiny. Remove from oven and run a knife through the chips and batter to marbleize. Place back in the oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Allow to cool before cutting.
Not that I’d know anything about that.