Do Over, Please!

I missed it!  I missed Thanksgiving and my Mother’s birthday.  How can that be you ask?  Well, it started on November 16th with pain in my neck, my back, shoulder, down my arm, and numbness in my left hand.  After 3 days of pain that escalated to unbearable my dear husband took me to the doctor.  The doctor immediately put me in the hospital via ambulance ride.  After x-ray’s , CT scans, and an MRI the diagnosis was a herniated disc in my neck that is rubbing against my spinal chord and an enlarged left kidney. I was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving evening with a bag full of medications and instructions to do follow-up appointments

So, there you have it I missed it all.  I did get to my parents the next day for a visit and to deliver my Mother’s gift.  But, I had promised her marble squares for her birthday and was unable to deliver that request – which I will fulfill at a later date.

Even though I could not make them for my Mom I can share the recipe here and now.  So, if you want a melt in your mouth, to die for (not quite sure if you can call it cake and not quite sure if you can call it a brownie).  Alas, you can call it wonderful!  The recipe comes from a cookbook that I ordered my first year of marriage – The Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese Cookbook

Marble Squares
1 8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia brand cream cheese
2 1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
2 cups flour
1/2 cup diary sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1. Combine softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar, mixing until well blended. Blend in 1 egg. 
Set this aside.
2. In a saucepan, combine water, butter, and chocolate; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.  Set aside.
3. Combine the remaining 2 cups of sugar and flour in a bowl.   Mix together.  Add the mixture from the saucepan to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
4. Blend in the remaining 2 eggs , sour cream, baking soda and salt.
5. Pour batter into a greased and floured jelly roll pan.
6.  Spoon cream cheese mixture over the chocolate batter.  Cut through the batter with a knife several times for a marble effect;  sprinkle with chocolate pieces.
7. Bake at 375 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool; cut into squares.

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