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Neiman Marcus Bars are the easiest indulgent treat! These addicting bars are a mix between a blondie bar and cheesecake square but gooey and have a shiny crispy top like a brownie. This is the perfect dessert for sharing with family and friends!

Sometimes you just need a quick, easy, and amazing dessert. These 6-ingredient gooey Neiman Marcus Bars are just that! If you’re looking for more dessert recipes that are quick, simple, and party worthy, try Perfect Lemon Bars and Chewy Butter Blondies.

Neiman marcus bars cut into squares.

Neiman Marcus Bars

The summer is full of parties but your schedule can still be just as hectic, leaving little time to whip up a fancy treat. Neiman Marcus Bars taste like a million bucks but no one will ever guess it all started with a box of cake mix and just 5 simple ingredients. These gooey cake bars are addicting and are sure to be a hit!

How to Make Neiman Marcus Bars?

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare you pan by spraying it with grease or lining with parchment paper.
  • With an electric mixer, combine the cake mix (just the powder. Disregard instructions on the box for adding other ingredients.), 2 of the eggs, and the melted butter. This will be thick but spread it into the pan as evenly possible.
  • Make the top layer by mixing the cream cheese, eggs, powdered sugar, and vanilla together. Pour it over the cake batter.
  • Bake for 35 minutes and then remove and cool completely.

Neiman marcus bars ingredients.

Why are they called Neiman Marcus Bars?

These bars are sometime referred to as “gooey butter bars”. They are so rich in flavor that they are often called Neiman Marcus Bars because Neiman Marcus is an upscale store for the rich. The recipe is not from the from store.

Neiman Marcus Bars cut into squares.

What kind of cake mix should I use?

For this recipe you need a yellow cake mix. I use Duncan Hines but you can use any other brand of the same size. If you want to experiment with different flavors, try using a lemon, chocolate, or red velvet cake mix!

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Close up on a neiman marcus bar with one bite taken out.

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Neiman Marcus Bars

4.34 from 9 votes
By: Melanie Dueck
Neiman Marcus Bars are the easiest indulgent treat! These addicting bars are a mix between a blondie bar and cheesecake square but gooey and have a shiny crispy top like a brownie. This is the perfect dessert for sharing with family and friends!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24



  • Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F if using a dark pan). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, 2 eggs, and melted butter. The batter will be thick. Spread into the bottom of the greased pan with a rubber spatula.
  • Reuse the bowl (no need to clean) to combine the cream cheese, 2 eggs, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake batter.
  • Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely and then slice and serve.



Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 245IUCalcium: 56mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Melanie Dueck

Melanie is the cook and photographer behind the blog Garnish & Glaze. When she’s not playing princesses with her two little girls, she’s experimenting in the kitchen. She takes simple ingredients and creates everything from healthy dinners to indulgent desserts.

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  1. 5 stars
    My mom made these all the time for my dad to take to work when I was a kid. This is the OG recipe! They baked up beautifully and tasted like childhood 🙂
    The proportions are perfect, they are just very rich!
    Thank you so much!

  2. 1 star
    I believe there might be a mistake in the recipe, the upper layer is way too big compared to the base, and compared to the picture., The result is a lot too sweet, it is like eating cake frosting all alone. If you cut the ingredients by two for the upper layer I think it might look like the pictures and have a better balance.

  3. I agree with several of the above comments. Great recipe, tastes great, but, the bake time is off. I kept checking and checking with a toothpick for doneness. I think I wound up baking mine for an additional 12-15 minutes, before I felt they were done enough to take out. After cooling and chilling they finally did set up enough to be able to cut into squares.

    1. This is my great Aunt’s recipe from Kentucky.

      The ingredients and cook times are off but I’m sure the bars still taste amazing.

      I also appreciate that you noted that the recipe is not from the store.

  4. Cake mixes now seem to weigh 15.25 oz. Have you tried to make them with this size mix? Did you make adjustments to the other ingredients? Thanks!

  5. This is quick, easy, and makes a lot of bars. Made it for a coworker for her birthday and they are all raving about it here in the office! Mine was a little runny also, so I checked the comments and I did use a cheap brand of cream cheese, so that’s probably the reason. But hey, I just refrigerated it before I set it out and nobody was complaining!

  6. I made these bars once and they were AWESOME! Now three tries later i cannot get it to work! Not sure what i am doing wrong… the cream cheese mixture is super runny and doesnt want to set up. Any suggestions?

    1. Oh no! I am sorry that you are having troubles especially when you have made these before. Are you at a different altitude? I am not sure why it would be runny for you.

    2. I have had that problem in the past if I used a cream cheese that was NOT Philadelphia brand….It took me a few tries to figure it out. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is a bit more pricey than a off the wall brand, but there is a tremendous difference…

    3. You might want to get an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is getting up to the correct temperature. Tip: with your oven off turn on the light inside and shut the door, look into the oven (with the door closed) and see if you need a hanging or a sitting oven thermometer. You want to place it where you can read the thermometer Without opening the oven! I bought the wrong one and had to return it.

  7. I made these and for some reason the middle was too soft and I followed the recipe exactly an it came out too cakey, it didn’t have that flaky look on the top like it should

  8. This is what I make, I cook mine in a cup cake pan, (not as thick as cup cake) ! My friends always wanted the ends, so now everybody gets one!