Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Neiman Marcus Bars

On our recent ( all too short) visit to see family in Camarillo we had dinner one evening at my baby sister Jane's house. I always call her "baby " sister and I think she likes that even though there is only two and a half years separating us ( and we have another sister in between us.....people always told my Mom she might as well have had triplets). Anyway, at the ages we all three find ourselves now I'd guess I'd enjoy being called the "baby" too.
She had her house beautifully decorated for's just a little shot in the entryway. After dinner we all enjoyed our cups of hot coffee with not just one, but two desserts , one of which I'm featuring today. Neiman Marcus Bars. Since I've eaten at her place so many times over the years I was surprised that I had never tried these. By the way, these are also known as Vacuum Cleaner Cookies.....I think after you taste them the reason for that name will be obvious.

Not long after she gave me the recipe, I made these for my father-in-law. He has the habit of having a little something sweet everynight before going to bed. One of his current favorites had been to have a warm brownie (click here for my Brownie recipe post) topped with vanilla ice cream. Now I think he's hooked on Neiman Marcus Bars. Obviously this little "bedtime habit" of his hasn't done him much harm..........he'll soon be 91 years old! In any case he gives a big stamp of approval on these.
Neiman Marcus Bars
1 box of Yellow Cake Mix
1 box (1lb) powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup margarine (not butter)
3 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1 cup coconut
Heat oven to 325 degrees
Mix cake mix, 1 egg, and margarine until well blended. Spread mixture into a well-greased jelly roll pan or a large cookie sheet with sides.
Beat other 2 eggs slightly and add powdered sugar and cream cheese. Beat until blended then stir in nuts and coconut. Spread evenly over mixture in pan.
Bake @ 325 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown. You can serve these warm with vanilla ice cream or let them cool and cut into bars. (makes about 35 bars)



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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this sounds so yummy. I need to make them. The entry hall at your sisters is beautiful. Thanks for the recipe. Hugs, Marty

ButterYum said...

I've seen a few versions of Neiman Marcus cookies/bars over the years, but I don't think I've seen the recipe include a boxed cake mix. At any rate, your father in law sounds like my kind of guy! Happy FF.


Rachel said...

Boy do these look delicious! They look like they'd be really easy to make too! I love that part!

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Red Couch Recipes said...

They look fab and I love your FIL idea to have a spot of something sweet before bed -- maybe that HAS contributed to his longevity. Pecans and coconut sound yummy to me and they would whip up quickly using the cake mix. Joni

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EmptyNester said...

Two desserts? What a great sister! Have a great weekend!

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Sara said...

sounds delish! I might have to try them.

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GORGEOUS entryway!!! WOW!!

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Ginny Morton said...

Sounds like your sister is quite the hostess. Have to try these bars especially since they look like they would be pretty quick to throw together...always a plus this time of year. :) I really like her entryway decor. What a great shot of her Michaelangelo painting that is reflected in the mirror!

Trisha said...

Very nice! Very Yummy looking! If your father-in-law still has his 'sweet tooth" habit at 91, more power to him. Makes me feel not quite so quilty about mine! :)

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Love the Milne quote you have at the top of your blog. Winnie and friends hold very special memories for me.

I plan to try those yummy looking Neiman Marcus Bars soon. Made my mouth water just reading the recipe! Have a great weekend!

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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Do I see neiman marcus and boxed cake mix in the same recipe? I love it... another friday's favorite for sure :-)

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I've never had these before but they sound tasty! I like that they seem easy to make too.

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Kristin said...

I am so making these!!! Thanks!

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Becky said...

I'm going to try those!

Betty said...

I have heard of Neiman Marcus Bars but I have never tasted them. I will print out this recipe and give it a go. By the way, thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner. I love to visit blogs and when I reply I find some awesome ones. Your's being one of them.

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Melynda said...

these sound dangerous, but necessary!