German Chocolate Brownies

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

Yield: 12 brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes


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.

41 Responses to “German Chocolate Brownies”

  1. Blog is the New Black — September 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Love love LOVE german chocolate cake, etc. The coconut gets me every time. This looks insanely tasty!


  2. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} — September 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my, these look and sound amazing. The coconut and peccans is making me happy.


  3. Rachel — September 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    There’s nothing like chocolate to pick up your mood. The pecan coconut frosting is a great combination!


  4. Ann P. — September 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve always wondered why this is called German chocolate cake when coconut is nowhere near a native German fruit! But that would never stop me from eating this delicious confection :)


    • paula — September 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

      German chocolate cake was named after Sam German, an american that developed a dark baking chocolate for the Baker’s chocolate company. The company named the product Baker’s German sweet chocolate.

  5. Sue/the view from great island — September 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Sounds and looks great—-any idea why this combination is called German? Just curious, but love it all the same!


  6. fishgirl182 — September 11, 2012 at 2:51 am

    omg these look soooo good. i must try them.


  7. Mathilda — September 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Miam ! Definitely a reason to cook late at night on Monday ^v^


  8. ThisBakerGirlBlogs — September 11, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Brownies are my nemesis – I can never get them right! But these look delicious :D


  9. leslie — September 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I love German Chocolate ANYTHING! These brownies certainly fit the bill!!!


  10. shelly (cookies and cups) — September 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Love this! We both had German Chocolate on the brain this week :)


  11. Mary Beth Elderton — September 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    My son always asks for German Chocolate cake for his birthday–this year he’s getting brownies! YUM!


  12. Meg @ Peaches and Cake — September 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Holy LORD do these look naughty but oh so good.


  13. Aya B. — September 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Looks awesome
    I bet they are very rich and yummy


  14. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    That coconut pecan frosting sounds and looks amazing, especially sitting atop a fudgy brownie!


  15. Michelle — September 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I wish I would have seen this recipe sooner! I’m baking German Chocolate-Pecan bars from this month’s Southern Living right now, for a German-Chocolate loving friend of mine, for his birthday.


  16. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Oh, these look SO good. My dad would love them too!


  17. Mara — September 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I live in Germany and have never heard of that before….but it looks absolutely delicious and I think I will try it for the next party :)


  18. Nancy L — September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    OMG!! Those look so incredibly delicious! I am like your dad…anything German-Chocolate is definitely among my favorites!


  19. what katie's baking — September 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    you are a genius for making these into brownie form! i don’t like german chocolate cake because i don’t like chocolate cake, but i LOVE the frosting and i LOVE brownies… so this is awesome!


  20. buttercream bakehouse — September 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    My Dad who loves German Chocolate Cake would LOVE these. Must make for him soon…thanks for posting.


  21. Holiday Baker Man — September 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    These look perfect… Cakey base…gooey topping!


  22. Sarah — September 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Apparently, the cake has nothing to do with Germany at all. They are actually named after Sam German, who developed a brand of dark baking chocolate for American Baker’s Baking Company. Originally, they were called German’s Chocolate Cake. Eventually the possesive of German’s was dropped to German in some publications and voila, a new name for a cake giving false credit to the country of Germany.


  23. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 24, 2012 at 12:23 am

    My grandma always makes German Chocolate cake for my Dad’s birthdays. I know he would love these as much as I would.


  24. Laura — January 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    German chocolate is my dads favorite too! I am always on the lookout for good recipies and this one seems great!


  25. Jessie — January 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I was so excited to try these- and I followed the recipe exactly- but they turned out extremely dry (and they were done in only 15 minutes) and neither the frosting nor brownie was near sweet enough. Are the sugar amounts correct? I’m a pretty experienced baker and can’t figure out what went wrong.


  26. Michelle Garringer — May 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    just found your site and made these, they are incredible. and so easy.. one hour to make bake and make the frosting, total. SO good.. thank you SO much for posting. this totally is the german chocolate of my childhood.


    • Jamie — August 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm


      That’s wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for reporting back to let us know! Have a wonderful day!


  27. Zoe — June 10, 2013 at 5:09 am

    german chocolate us just perfect, the best chocolate in the world. Loe your recipe and can’t wait to try this one!


    • Jamie — August 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm


      Thank you so much! Please come back and share your experience with the recipe! Have a wonderful day and thank you for following MBA!


  28. Sorath — August 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Mmmmmm! These look delicious! Just wondering though, if i were to make these with coco powder, how much would i use? That is, if I could use coco powder as a substitute for the chocolate pieces. Thank You!


    • Jamie — September 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Sorath,
      I would not suggest substituting cocoa powder in these brownies. The texture would be very dry.
      – Jamie

  29. Adriana — February 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I just ate a piece of this great brownies and I love them. I’m not a big fan of chocolate but these brownies are amazing!!


  30. Jane — August 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    These look amazing! Can I double the recipe and make it in a 9×13 pan?


    • Jamie — October 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Sorry, I haven’t tried doubling this recipe.

  31. YayaOrchid — March 15, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    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!


    • Jamie — March 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

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


  32. Carolyn Walden — February 11, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Unsweetened or sweetened coconut?


    • Jamie — February 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

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

  33. Mary S. — June 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    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!


    • Jamie — June 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Let me know how it goes, Mary!

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