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Neiman Marcus Bars

Neiman Marcus Bars, also known as Gooey Butter Cake, are rich and delicious. They are the perfect amount of chocolate and cream cheese mixed together in a simple to make dessert.

Neiman Marcus Bars

This recipe came from a friend years ago when my husband was in college. She brought these to several gatherings and everyone loved them.

Once I tried them I knew I had to get the recipe. They were so good.

Neiman Marcus Bars

These are rich and delicious. 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 shouldn’t 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 about twenty 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 have tried Paula Deen’s version and I actually like this version better. I think the texture is better on the Neiman Marcus Bars.

Neiman Marcus Bars

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.

Note about making these gluten free. I shared this recipe long before I was gluten free. I have tried these with a gluten free cake mix, and they are good, but not great. They are one of those desserts that I have yet to perfect gluten free

Neiman Marcus Bars

Neiman Marcus Bars

Neiman Marcus Bars

A simple rich and delicious dessert.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Crust Layer

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 chocolate cake mix

Filling Layer

  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. For Crust: Combine 1 egg and ½ cup butter and beat well.
  2. Add cake mix and mix until well combined.
  3. Press into greased 9x13 pan.
  4. For Filling: In a bowl combine cream cheese and 3 eggs. Beat until combined well.
  5. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix together well and spread over cake mix layer.
  6. Sprinkle with pecans.
  7. Bake at 300 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until center is set. You do not want to over bake these.
  8. Cool completely and cut into squares.
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  1. 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. 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 🙂

  13. I made these and used dark chocolate cake mix! So Daggum Good!

    • I am so glad that you enjoyed them! And I am glad to know that the dark chocolate cake mix was good with this recipe. Thanks for letting me know!

  14. Great recipe thank you

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