Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Neiman Marcus Brownies

I can't believe school's almost out!

With the kids home all day beginning next week, I'm just waiting to see how long it takes them to say, "I'm bored!"

One of my kids' favorite things to do is to help me bake, so I've got these Chess Squares or Neiman Marcus Brownies on the list of "things to do when all else fails."  :)  It never takes long, when the kids see me sorting through recipes and pulling out the flour, before they're up on the counter ready to measure and stir.  It's usually a fun experience, but if the recipe has more than a few ingredients, suddenly I start hearing, "It's my turn to pour!", or "She scooped the last one"!

So, with only 5 ingredients, these bars are a perfect kid-helping (and kid-eating) kind of dessert.

 They're flaky, buttery, gooey, and divinely sweet, but not lemony.  With a cream cheese top layer and a yellow cake layer for the crust, these bars are simply irresistible!

Their fabulous yellow color gives them the look of a bright, happy summer's day.  Serve them with a few scoops of cool, refreshing icecream, or pack a plateful and go have some fun in the sun!

Originally from Kevin and Amanda

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 cups (1 lb.) powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a 9x13 dish with cooking spray.  Mix cake mix, butter, and one egg to form a soft dough.  Press into the bottom of the pan.   Mix powdered sugar, softened cream cheese and remaining two eggs until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.  Pour on top of crust.  Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 

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  1. wow! These look delicious! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try and make some this weekend:)

  2. Yumm....I am pinning this.

    Have a nice day,

  3. They look so good. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. These look FAB, Christine!!! Pinning!!!!

    ~Jen @

  5. Look so delicious and fattening... guess what I'm making this weekend!
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  6. These look yummy! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

  7. This looks outrageous! Yum!

  8. This is nice. What's not to like? Thanks for sharing. Linda

  9. I am going to have to make these - how could I not? They look delicious and sound like a breeze to make. Love it! I found this post at the Weekly Creative Link Party. Pinning right now. :)

  10. Wow,my hose look really yummy and easy which is my favorite quality in a recipe.

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  11. They look really good ... question though, where does the Neiman Marcus reference come from?

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    1. Great question! I couldn't find any information about the history of the Neiman Marcus Brownie. No one seems to know why they're called that. I'd love to know, though. :) I checked on the Neiman Marcus site and they sell a variety of brownies, though not the blonde brownie like this, that I could see, anyway.

  12. I made the Neiman marcus CCC once and they were good. so I am willing to pin and try the brownies. They look easy and tasty. Andi thewednesdaybaker

  13. I'd be curious to know why they're called this too. Hmmm...

    Anyway, they look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  14. You answered my question in another comment. I guess I wasn't the only one wondering why they are called Neiman Marcus Brownies.

    Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!!

  15. Oh YUM!! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  16. This is different, sound delicious! I'M PINNING, thank you for bringing them to the party at Memories by the Mile. I sharing at google +

  17. I really like that you can make these w/your kids! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday. Sincerely,

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  19. Thanks so much for linking up to The Weekly Creative! I'm featuring this delicious recipe tomorrow in my 9 Sinfully Delicious Treats round-up. I hope you stop by. :) XOXO

  20. I am pretty sure you all are trying to make me fat! Just kidding! These look amazing though!!

    Thanks for sharing on Party In Polka Dots!

  21. I've heard of these Neiman Marcus brownies, spoken in hushed tones in the blogosphere. :) They look yummy, but it always irks me that they're called brownies! lol Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

  22. They have Neiman Marcus Cafe and restaurants.


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