Vacuum Cleaner Cookies – Neiman-Marcus Squares

Vacuum Cleaner Cookies - Neiman-Marcus Squares

Dive into Decadence: Unveiling the Mystery of Vacuum Cleaner Cookies

Picture a cookie, more than a treat, but a culinary enigma. A golden square, its edges dusted with powdered sugar, hinting at secrets within. This isn’t your average chocolate chip; this is the Vacuum Cleaner Cookie, a retro masterpiece as intriguing as its name.

A Crusty Canvas:

Imagine a buttery, crumbly crust formed from a simple union of margarine and yellow cake mix. It’s not perfect, not flawless, but its imperfections hold the promise of something deeper, something hidden.

The Creamy Heart:

Unveiling the crust reveals a lusciously smooth layer of cream cheese. Its sharp tang is a counterpoint to the crust’s sweetness, a playful dance on your palate. This isn’t just any filling; it’s a creamy surprise waiting to be savored.

A Tropical Treasure Trove:

Scattered atop the cream cheese like precious gems are shredded coconut and chopped walnuts. The coconut’s sweet, tropical notes mingle with the cream’s tang, while the walnuts offer a satisfying crunch and earthy richness. Each bite is an adventure, a discovery of unexpected textures and flavors.

A Name Steeped in Mystery:

Why “Vacuum Cleaner”? Theories abound. Some say the cookie can “suck up” crumbs on the dessert table. Others whisper of its resemblance to the vintage appliance’s air vents. But the truth, like the cookie itself, is shrouded in delicious mystery.

More Than Just a Cookie:

This Vacuum Cleaner Cookie transcends its humble ingredients. It’s a nostalgic treat, a taste of grandma’s kitchen and childhood picnics. It’s a conversation starter, a puzzle to be solved with each bite. It’s a reminder that the most intriguing things often come in the most straightforward packages.

So, preheat your oven, gather your ingredients, and embark on this culinary mystery. With every bite of this Vacuum Cleaner Cookie, you’ll savor the buttery crumb, the creamy surprise, the tropical treasures, and the pure joy of a dessert that’s as fun to eat as it is to name.

Bonus Tip: For an extra touch of nostalgia, serve your Vacuum Cleaner Cookies with a glass of cold milk. Remember, sometimes, the simplest pairings create the most magical memories.

Enjoy the journey, and please let me know how your Vacuum Cleaner Cookie adventure unfolds!

Vacuum Cleaner Cookies - Neiman-Marcus Squares

Vacuum Cleaner Cookies
A vintage clipped recipe for Vacuum Cleaner Cookies made with margarine, yellow cake mix, eggs, cream cheese, powdered sugar, coconut, and walnuts or pecans.
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  • 1/2 cup margarine not butter, melted
  • 1 box yellow cake mix 18.25-ounce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened 8-ounce
  • 1 box powdered sugar 1-pound
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Combine margarine, cake mix, and 1 egg.
  • Stir together until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Pat mixture into bottom of a well-greased 15×10-inch jellyroll pan.
  • Beat remaining 2 eggs lightly, then beat in cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Stir in coconut and nuts.
  • Pour over mixture in a jellyroll pan, spreading evenly.
  • Bake at 325-degrees 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool pan on wire rack to room temperature.

Kitchen Helper 2

Retro Mixing Bowls
Wooden Spoons
Jelly Roll Pan
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Bars, Coconut, Cookie, Pecans


Makes 4 dozen bars.

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2 Responses

  1. I love this recipe. I made these bar cookies for years. It was passed down from a friend. She found it in a newspaper article.

  2. I love these bar cookies. I have been making them over 30 years. My church friend passed the recipe to me. She got it from a newspaper article. My family loves them.

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