Bar #68: Red Velvet Candy Cane Neiman Marcus

If you ever want to eat a bite of Christmas…you should try this bar.  Red velvet, check. Candy cane, check.  Delicious, check.

This should be your go-to dessert recipe all month long.


Shopping List

1 box of red velvet cake mix
4 eggs
1 stick melted butter
1 box of powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup peppermint crunch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease (I use Pam) one 9×13 inch pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter.  Spread in bottom of pan as your “crust”.
In a second bowl, beat with electric mixer, powdered sugar, 2 more eggs, peppermint extract and cream cheese. Stir in your peppermint crunch.  Spread mixture 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 or up to 2 days.

*Peppermint crunch is found on the chocolate chip aisle during the holidays.  If you can’t find it, you can just crush up candy canes.

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  • Kris December 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Do these need to be refrigerated for 2 hrs-2 days before cutting and serving? Also, I assume they should be kept refrigerated? Thanks!!!

  • Mix and Match Mama December 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Yes, when not enjoying, keep refrigerated.

  • Andrea December 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    These look AMAZING! I am going to make these for my staff Christmas luncheon at my elementary school!

  • Ellie D December 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Sounds delicious! Why are some of your bars called Neiman Marcus bars? I'm not getting the connection. Thanks! Ellie

  • Addie Hicks December 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Sound delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Anonymous December 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    These look like they might be my favorite bar yet!!! I love anything peppermint-y!!
    I have a question- what is the different between a nieman marcus version and a not nieman marcus version? Sometimes you put nieman marcus and sometimes you don't. Explain the theory to me because I am not a professional baker 🙂
    Thanks Shay!

  • Haley Southey December 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm


  • Mix and Match Mama December 7, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Neiman Marcus Bars are this method of bar making (using cake mix, eggs, butter and then topping it with cream cheese, powdered sugar and more eggs). Some people call them Gooey Butter Bars but where I'm from (home of the original Neiman Marcus), we call them NMB bc they're so rich (I guess like shoppers at Neimans would be). When I refer to them as NMB, it means I followed that method of bar making. When I don't, then that's a different variety of bar. Hope this helps!

  • mim and company December 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Is the peppermint crunch in a package or do you just crush peppermints?

  • Mix and Match Mama December 7, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    It's in a package just like chocolate chips. Enjoy!

  • Katie Compton December 9, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I love all things peppermint so I can't wait to try these! However… my husband is not a fan of peppermint at all. I was thinking of trying this recipe for him but replacing the peppermint. Maybe with almond extract, and leaving out the peppermint crunch? Thoughts? If that just sounds horrible just tell me. I'm new at the "mix and match". 🙂

  • Mix and Match Mama December 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

    If it were me, I would switch peppermint extract for vanilla and then replace the peppermint crunch with white chocolate chips. I think he'll love that!

  • Katie Compton December 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Oh that sounds wonderful! He loves white chocolate chips… what a great idea. Thanks so much for the response and all your wonderful recipes. I have shared your blog with all my fellow teachers and we are all big fans!! 🙂

  • Melissa A December 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I made these last week and my frosting layer fell to the bottom/got engulfed by the cake layer. They tasted delicious just looked less than desirable. Any idea what went wrong?

  • Anonymous December 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Could you chop up some peppermint kisses…Love white chocolate & not sure if I'd like all that crunch?

    Thanks SS

  • Anonymous December 22, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Have you ever made these bars with a different flavor of cake mix? My sweet little grandson cannot have any food dyes, and red velvet cake has dye. I'm wondering how it would turn out if it was made with chocolate cake, or even white cake. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  • Mix and Match Mama December 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

    You can totally make this with either white or chocolate cake mix instead! Enjoy!

  • Anonymous December 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    WE made this over the weekend…not as nice as your pic. The edges got too done. When you say wobbly middle…our edges were starting to turn & the middle didn't look set at all. The "crust" puffed up through the cream cheese layer…what did we do wrong? Tasted pretty good..just not the edges!!!


  • Mix and Match Mama December 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    It sounds like you cooked them too long. The middle will be wobbly. You have to remove it and allow it to rest per the directions before refrigerating, slicing and serving. They're so good! You need to try the once more :).

  • Anonymous December 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Thank You… I was worried middle wasn't done…
    Oh we will try them again for sure!!!!

  • Leigh (Balancing By Faith) December 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Making these for a party this weekend – thanks Shay!