German Chocolate Brownies


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So I came up with the most AMAZING brownie recipe a few weeks ago, I just had to share! German Chocolate BROWNIES! My family loves German chocolate cake.I love it too… BUT only because of the frosting! The frosting is DIVINE! I eat it by the spoonful’s (I probably shouldn’t admit that). ;) I’m really not the biggest cake lover…but brownies, those are a whole different story! So I decided to combine my love of brownies, chocolate, caramel and coconut frosting to create these little naughty brownies. They are super rich and full of chocolate goodness! Trust me, you’ll want to file this one away!

German chocolate brownies dessert recipe ...drizzled with extra caramel and chocolate! The BEST!

All you need for this recipe to start it a box of brownie mix and caramel bits. Then you’ll bake brownies according to package and allow to cool. Next you’ll melt caramel bits in microwave for 1 minute and then drizzle over brownies. Then you’ll top with the most amazing german chocolate coconut frosting. MMM… I can (and do) eat that stuff by the spoon!

German Chocolate Brownies Video

German Chocolate Brownies


  • 2 boxes of brownie mix (I used Hershey's double chunk)
  • 1 1/2 cup caramel craft bits


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut (make sure it’s fresh)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


1. Bake Brownies according to package. Allow to cool

2.  Melt caramel bits in microwave for 1 minute and drizzle over brownies.

3. Make frosting by combining butter, egg yolks, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 10 - 12 minutes (make sure to stir consistently). Add coconut and pecans. Spread over top of caramel. You may want to place in the refrigerator to harden before cutting.

4. Top with melted chocolate and pecans if desired.

For an extra layer of goodness, drizzle chocolate on top of the brownies (before the caramel) or add chocolate chips to the brownie batter.

German chocolate brownie recipe ...drizzled with extra caramel and chocolate! The BEST!

Mmm… German Chocolate Brownies!! Don’t you want to just take a bite?! Grab a cup of milk, you’re going to need it with these bad boys! Here’s a pinnable image for you! :)

German chocolate brownies ...drizzled with extra caramel and chocolate! The BEST!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Shona posted on October 18, 2011 at 6:59 am (#

    These look awesome! German chocolate is mine and J’s fave!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:01 am (#

    Oh My Goodness!! Those look DELICIOUS!! I think I just might have to make those for dinner (uh, I mean dessert) tonight. :)

  3. Amber D. posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:08 am (#

    Oh, My. Gosh. Those look like heaven. Definitely gonna have to try them!

  4. Emily posted on October 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm (#

    Mmm those look so good! I love that kind of frosting also. But something I can eat by itself is cool whip.

  5. maks posted on October 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm (#

    I’m not sure what’s German about them ;-), but these look so extremely delicious, that they just made number one on my “recipes I must try” hit list ;-). Love your blog, you are such a great source of inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} posted on October 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm (#

    Ooh, those look delicious!!
    Hugs from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  7. Heather posted on October 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm (#

    Those look fabulous! I’ll definitely have to try those next time I get a hankering for chocolatey goodness! :)

  8. Joy posted on October 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm (#

    Yum. I live german chocolate cake.

  9. Shoregirl posted on October 27, 2011 at 6:11 am (#

    Wow -those sound delicious! Does it get any better than German chocolate and brownies?

  10. Janel Hutton@hatingmartha posted on October 28, 2011 at 6:17 am (#

    These look dangerous! But oh so yummy!

  11. Lisa posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:45 am (#

    Two of my favorite things in 1! Holy Cow I am so excited to make these!
    Lisa @ Over the Big Moon

    If you ever link up to parties I would love for you to link these up to our first ever 4th Friday Finale @ Over the Big Moon!

  12. Kristina posted on October 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm (#

    German chocolate cake is my favorite! I will definitely be making these; thanks for sharing!

  13. Jenn posted on October 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm (#

    This sounds heavenly!! Not that I need any more goodies around the house but I do have some extra caramels that I need to use up! Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark – featuring it tomorrow. Happy Halloween to you and your family!
    Jenn :)

  14. Samantha posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:14 am (#

    I heart this recipe! Yummy- my favorite cake made into brownies. Thinking this looks like a good Sunday afternoon project with my girls. Visiting from Under the Table and Dreaming.

  15. Kristy posted on June 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm (#

    I am going to make these brownies for father’s day. What size pan did you use? Thanks so much for a great recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm (#

      I used a 9×13 pan! :)

      • Kelley posted on August 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm (#

        2 boxes of brownie mix in one 13×9? How long did you bake it? 

      • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm (#

        Hi Kelley! Yes, I used 2 boxes, but I can’t remember how long they baked for. I would add 10 minutes to what the package says and then check it with a toothpick and add time accordingly after that.

  16. Gwen posted on August 20, 2014 at 6:53 pm (#

    I was getting ready to make these and realized the brownie mixes that I bought are for an 8×8 pan not 9×13. What did you use? 
    I get irritated when I forget to look at that,  but I think it should stand out more on the box.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm (#

      Hi Gwen! The 8×8 should work fine! I’ve used both.

  17. Marci posted on October 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm (#

    Hi, do you think that if I halved this recipe it would still work out even if I made the brownies in a 9 X 13 pan? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:50 am (#

      Yes definitely, it will just be a little thinner! :)

  18. Reshma posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:01 am (#

    Awesome!will definitely give a try 

  19. Sandy posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:47 am (#

    I can not eat Coconut this there a replacement for that? Thank you Sandy

    • Jamielyn posted on April 18, 2015 at 11:56 pm (#

      Hi Sandy! I’m not sure what a good substitute would be, but you could leave it out! It may just be a little thinner.

  20. Abby posted on July 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm (#

    I made this yesterday and took it to work. The taste is great! It’s not overly sweet. The problem I had was the frosting did not thicken enough and oozed out everywhere after I cut it. It seems like it needs a thickening agent. I put a little powdered sugar in, but it still didn’t thicken up. Did I do something wrong? 

    • Laura Capello posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:36 am (#

      Hi Abby! I make German chocolate cake a lot (it’s my dad’s favorite!) and the frosting can be kind of tricky. I’ve found you really have to cook it quite a bit to get a good, thick consistency. Then, make sure you add in all the pecans and coconut (sometimes, I add in even more than the recipe calls for!) to help it “gel.” Additionally, refrigerating it is a good idea, too, to help that topping set and stay thick. Once you master the topping, it’s quite a treat! (My husband sometimes just asks for topping, to eat straight! Or with graham crackers. Or pretzels. The list goes on and on!)

  21. Betty posted on November 16, 2016 at 11:19 pm (#

    These are amazing! The frosting is definitely a labor of love but worth it in the end. It took me 40-50 minutes on medium heat to get the frosting to a thicker consistency, so don’t give up on it! I will make these again!