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Neiman Marcus Bars

This recipe came from a friend from dental school. She brought these to several gatherings. Once I tried them I knew I had to get the recipe. I love these. They are so good. I don’t make them very often because I eat way too many when I do.

Last week I made these to send to work with my husband. I made one pan for him to take and one pan for us to eat. I really should not have made a pan for us because I ate more than I care to admit. 🙂 They are that good.

This recipe is similar to what Paula Deen calls Gooey Butter Cake. I got this recipe at least 12 years ago and that was long before Paula Deen was popular, but they are basically the same. Paula Deen’s recipe has more butter in it and is cooked at a different temperature. I actually like this version better. I think the texture is better on these.

I like these best with a chocolate cake mix, but you can use a yellow, butter pecan, or any other kind you like. I like to put pecans in it if I use a yellow cake mix. But I prefer the chocolate without the nuts. These are also best when completely cooled. I think they are actually best the next day because the cream cheese layer has set up better. But either way they are really good.

For more great recipes and ideas see Tammy’s Recipes, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Blissfully Domestic.

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  1. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    I have had a version of this. OH SO GOOD!!! Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Happy Easter!

  2. Oh, do these sound so rich and good…bars are just my style too !

  3. Oh wow, those look SO fatteningly good! 🙂 I love that you can use the different flavored cake mixes! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day! 🙂

  4. Already laid out my cream cheese to soften. I’m baking dinner for 70 people tomorrow night and this will be the dessert. Thanks.

  5. Look away, look away! LOL! These look delish!! I could definitely see these would be a favorite. I’ve seen the Neiman Marcus cookies but hadn’t seen bars. 😀 I’ll have to give these a try.

  6. shopannies says:

    looks yummy thanks for sharing recipe

  7. newlyweds says:

    Yummo, these look too good for words, chocolate and cream cheese!

  8. YUMMY!!!!

  9. Kristen says:

    Wow those look fantastic – and I love the fact that it has less butter!

  10. Oh these sound so yummy. I am definitely going to try them out.

  11. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says:

    I’ve never heard of these. Sounds yummy!

  12. My mom used to make these and they are the best! She also made them with lemon cake. I couldn’t tell you which was my favorite because they were both so good! Thanks for the recipe! I’m so excited to revisit a childhood favorite 🙂

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