Original Neiman Marcus Bars

Gooey Butter Bars…or maybe you’ve heard of them as Neiman Marcus bars…or maybe Gooey Butter Cakes…no matter what the name, the bar is delish! It’s kind of a blondie…kind of a cheesecake square…kind of a cake…it’s flippin’ awesome.  That’s what it is.
My grandmother has been making these for at least 40 years.  They’re a staple in our family.  They’re easy, they’re a crowd pleaser, they’re absolutely perfect.  You’ll make these again and again…and then I’ll mix and match the recipe and you’ll make them some more.
 The main ingredients couldn’t be simpler.  You might even have everything on hand.

 The first layer is the base..the crust, sort of…then the second layer is spread on top.

Shopping List
1 box of yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 box of powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter.  Spread in bottom of pan.

In a second bowl, beat with electric mixer, powdered sugar, 2 more eggs and cream cheese until smooth.  Spread on top of crust mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes until edges are brown and center set (it will still be slightly wobbly in the middle).

Cool on counter 30 minutes, then refrigerate 2 hours up to 2 days.

Slice…devour…thank me.  They’re that good.

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  • The Vaughans September 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Love these! They are a staple in our family too (we call them chess squares). By the way, I'm making red velvet whoopie pies today šŸ™‚

  • The Genella Family September 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    LOVE your new blog!! Can't wait to try some of your yummy recipes!! Miss you! Take care–Laura

  • Jody September 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Yumm! Your new blog is scrumptious šŸ™‚ Can't wait to try some of these recipes!

  • klmoore23 July 30, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Can't wait to make these to take on my family vacation. However, up here in Canada we buy powdered sugar in the bag. Do you happen to know the quantity of powdered sugar in a box, so I can hopefully find something of the same amount up here?
    Thanks kindly!
    Kristy šŸ™‚

  • Mix and Match Mama July 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hi Kristy! There are about 4 cups of powdered sugar in a box. Enjoy!! XOXO

  • Anonymous March 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hi! May i use white instead of yellow cake mix?
    Your recipes look easy and delicious.
    Cant wait to try your bars and cakes!
    Thanks!

    Kristine B

  • Mix and Match Mama March 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    You totally can!! Mix and match with whatever you like!

  • Melanie Lien August 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I thought you should know I have made these for every office party this year. They are always requested! They are SO good!

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