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April 29, 2009   •   Ariel and Whitney

Lookie at my Cookies: Neiman Marcus Brownies

I have to credit my mom for this recipe, think of it as an early Mother’s Day thank you. My mom is a former gourmet chef/caterer so I grew up having home cooked meals almost every night. I feel so fortunate that my mom was able to pass on her love for food to me and my siblings. She’s an amazing woman who I am continually inspired by and she’s a damn good cook! Since I can remember I’ve been spoiled by my mom with family dinners, pound cake, banana bread, and these Neiman Marcus Brownies that I am about to share with you. I have helped my mom make these a few times and consumed a TON of them over the course of my 19 (20 tomorrow!) years. As a college student craving a taste of home, I finally made them all by myself!

Had to put a picture of my mommy to give her credit! If she figures out how to use the computer she’s probably gonna kill me, love you mom!
My mom sent these to me last year at school so my friends, well prepped for the tasty treats, were hovering in my tiny kitchen when they came out of the oven. I even received multiple text messages asking me “Neiman Marcus’s ready yet?!”. After inspecting the brownies for a minute I decided that sadly they weren’t ready, the middle was too soft and they didn’t look quite done so I put them back in for another 10 or so minutes which my mom said is normal. The brownies are SO easy to make but they do take a bit of watching while you’re baking them. I was actually incredibly surprised at how easy they were to make, they probably took me the same amount of time that it takes to break Pillsbury “Break and Bake” cookie dough apart. Once the Neiman Marcus Brownies were cooled and ready to taste we dug in. Just as amazing as I remember. The buttery cookie crust harmonizes with the sugary cream cheese filling, all topped off with a nutty crunch on top from the pecans. They’re foolproof, they are the perfect baked good for any occasion: dessert at a dinner party, bake sale, lunch with friends, anything. I LOVE these brownies, always have, always will. I’m so happy to share my mom’s recipe with you, she doesn’t remember where it originated from so if anyone knows the history let me know!

Neiman Marcus Brownies
From Diane Edwards
1 box Betty Crocker Butter Pecan Cake Mix (of course I couldn’t find this kind here in NYC, as I have said before, the curse of small grocery stores in a crowded city, so I substituted a box of Butter Cake Mix and added half a cup of finely crushed pecans)
2 sticks butter, 1 melted*
1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
1 8 oz bar softened cream cheese*
3 eggs*
1 cup pecans
*Healthy Swaps: I used Smart Balance blend butter, Neufchatel cream cheese (1/3 less fat) and egg whites instead of eggs (2 egg whites per egg called for) 
Preheat oven 300 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan, set aside.
Do not prepare cake mix as the box directs, instead mix together cake mix, stick of melted butter, and 1 egg. Press into bottom of pan to create the crust.
Blend together cream cheese, other stick of butter, 2 eggs, and the box of powdered sugar. Mix well. Pour over cake mix crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top. Bake for 55-1 hour and 10 minutes. Time will vary depending on your oven but start checking at 55 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.
Enjoy!
Bon Eating,
Whitney

11 thoughts on “Lookie at my Cookies: Neiman Marcus Brownies

  1. geneko says:

    ah the best! soo goood.
    -one of your biggest fans haha

  2. anjalijane says:

    I’m assuming that person texting you about the Neiman Marcus’s was me…? Haha well they’re amazing. I’ve had Mama Edwards’s ones and Little Edwards’s ones and they’re always perfect every time. SO GOOD.

  3. Risa says:

    Once again you have posted an incredible recipe! Thanks to you mom for sharing!

  4. LK- Healthy Delicious says:

    uh, this sounds pretty freaking fabulous!

  5. A & W says:

    Hellooo!
    Gene: glad you liked them, you’re always welcome to my baked goods
    Anjali: yes those were your text messages…multiple ones.
    Risa: Thanks so much for the complement! Hope you like them and I will pass the message along to my mom she will be so happy!
    LK Healthy Delicious- they are pretty fabulous, a whole box of powdered sugar+cream cheese, you pretty much can’t go wrong!

    Thanks for all the comments I’m so happy to know y’all enjoy everything! and Bon Eating!
    Whitney

  6. LanaAnn says:

    Hi! These look and sound great! But, was that really supposed to be 1 oz bar of cream cheese? I’d think you’d need the full 8 oz., no?

  7. A & W says:

    LanaAnn: thanks for the correction! you are right, should be 8 oz. bar of cream cheese :) it wouldn’t be very good with only 1 oz!

  8. Ingrid says:

    Looks and sounds good but those are closer to blondies, or cheesecake then brownies. Brownies get all the glory! :)
    ~ingrid

  9. girl says:

    omg who is that hot guy you shouldn’t have cut out of the picture?

  10. Kevin says:

    Those look so decadently delicious!

  11. anjalijane says:

    HAHA why do I get the feeling that the "girl" commenting is Leonard…
    Also, time for more of these? Yes ma'am.

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