German Chocolate Brownies

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    German Chocolate Brownies – The BEST brownies loaded with chocolate, caramel and an amazing coconut pecan frosting. Super rich and full of chocolate goodness!

    I’m a brownie lover through and through. I can’t get enough of the fudgy texture and rich flavor. These German chocolate brownies are one of my favorite variations, as well as cheesecake brownies, chocolate caramel brownies, mint brownies and fudge brownies with chocolate frosting.

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

    So I came up with the most AMAZING dessert recipe a few weeks ago….German chocolate BROWNIES! My family loves German chocolate cake and I do too, but mainly because of the frosting! The frosting is DIVINE! I eat it by the spoonful, although I probably shouldn’t admit that. ;)

    I’m not really the biggest cake lover, but brownies are a whole different story! So I decided to combine my love of brownies, chocolate, caramel and coconut frosting to create these naughty little treats. They are super rich and full of chocolate goodness! Trust me, you’ll want to file this German chocolate brownie recipe away!

    box brownie recipe with chocolate chips


    If you know me, you know I’m all about dressing up a box of cake mix or brownie mix. It helps simplify the baking process and still turns out so delicious. That’s why I used premade brownie mix in this German brownie recipe. It makes it so simple and gives you time to focus on the homemade coconut pecan frosting.

    German chocolate brownies

    • Brownie mix
    • Caramel bits

    Coconut pecan frosting:

    • Egg yolks
    • Sugar
    • Evaporated milk
    • Butter
    • Vanilla
    • Flaked coconut
    • Pecans

    How to make German chocolate brownies

    Scroll down for the printable German chocolate brownie recipe and video tutorial.

    1. Bake brownies. Bake brownies according to package and cool completely.
    2. Melt caramel bits. Add caramel to microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave for 1 minute. Drizzle melted caramel over brownies.
    3. Make frosting. Combine butter, egg yolks, sugar, milk and vanilla in large saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes, until thickened. Stir constantly. Then mix in coconut and pecans.
    4. Spread on frosting and add toppings. Spread frosting on top of caramel layer. Top with melted chocolate and pecans if desired. Before cutting you may want to refrigerate to harden a bit.

    german chocolate brownie on a white plate with a bite taken out

    Baking tips

    • I used brownie mix to make this recipe a little easier, but feel free to make homemade brownies if you prefer.
    • Use fresh flaked coconut to make the coconut pecan frosting – it definitely makes a difference!
    • Don’t have caramel bits? Try making your own homemade caramel sauce.
    • For my chocolate lovers: drizzle chocolate on top of the brownies (before the caramel) or add chocolate chips to the brownie batter.
    • I like to top my brownies with melted chocolate or chocolate sauce and pecans.
    • I recommend refrigerating the brownies after frosting and adding toppings. They are easier to cut when hardened.
    german chocolate brownie on a white plate with a bite taken out

    German Chocolate Brownie Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: german chocolate brownies
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 399
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    German Chocolate Brownies - The BEST brownies loaded with chocolate, caramel and an amazing coconut pecan frosting. Super rich and full of chocolate goodness! 



    • 18 ounce brownie mix
    • 1 cup caramel bits

    Coconut Pecan Frosting:

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


    • Bake brownies according to package in a 9x9" pan. Allow to cool.
    • Melt caramel bits in microwave for 1 minute and drizzle over brownies.
    • 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 minutes (make sure to stir consistently). Add coconut and pecans. 
    • Spread frosting over top of caramel. Top with melted chocolate and pecans if desired. Allow to cool before slicing. Then slice into 16 squares.



    Note: The frosting makes a lot, so you can use two boxes of brownie mix and bake in a 9x13" pan to have more squares. 


    Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

    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!

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