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German Chocolate Brownies

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Some days I have a lot to say; however, today is not one of those days. So instead of telling you about the fact that right now my neighbor is wielding a broom while running around his backyard shooing away geese or about the fact that my dog has been incessantly licking my toes for the past 2 hours, I’ll simply talk to you about German Chocolate Brownies.

For as long as I can remember, German Chocolate anything has been on my radar, not because I love it, but because it’s one of my dad’s absolute favorites. Since he’s pretty much a lover of all things chocolate, coconut, and pecan – it’s no wonder he’s mildly obsessed with this classic flavor combination.

To create this winning combo, I started with my favorite recipe for moist, decadent, fudgy brownies and because that’s simply not enough – I slathered them with an irresistibly delicious nutty coconut frosting.

There’s something about dense chocolate covered in gooey coconut and pecan topping that just says Fall to me. Maybe it’s the autumnal colors, maybe I’m just crazy (really, there’s no maybe about it), but I thought you might like to make these on a random Monday night because… well, just because. Sometimes that’s the only reason you need.

German Chocolate Brownies


For the Brownies

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted and cooled (see How To Toast Nuts)
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted (see How To Toast Coconut)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large bowl microwave-safe bowl at medium (50% power) for 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted.
  3. Stir until chocolate is melted. Whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually add in flour; stir until just combined.
  4. Spread the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes; do not over bake.
  5. Remove to cooling rack to cool. Prepare the frosting.

For the Frosting

  1. In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolk and butter.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, pecans, and coconut.
  4. Spread on brownies while still warm.
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Marilyn York

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Can I substitute German's Sweet chocolate for the unsweetened chocolate? 


Sunday 17th of March 2019

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie


Thursday 8th of March 2018

Made these brownies last night...guess my topping didn’t thicken that much after 10 minutes of cooking, so I doubled the pecans and coconut and it turned out just fine! My brownies ended up being a bit more cake than fudge but still were delicious! My physical therapists (whom have been my test subjects) loved them!

Mary S.

Sunday 19th of June 2016

These look awesome. I don't have any unsweetened chocolate on hand so I am going to try with semi-sweet chips and cut back on sugar. Wish me luck!


Monday 20th of June 2016

Let me know how it goes, Mary!

Carolyn Walden

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Unsweetened or sweetened coconut?


Saturday 13th of February 2016

Hi, Carolyn! The coconut is sweetened. I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday 15th of March 2015

Can these be stored at room temperature or need refrigeration? Looking for a German Chocolate frosting that can be left out at room temp. TIA!


Monday 16th of March 2015

YayaOrchid- These brownies should be fine stored at room temperature. I hope this helps.


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