The BEST German chocolate brownies loaded with chocolate, caramel and an amazing coconut pecan frosting. Super rich and full of chocolate goodness!
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Best German Chocolate Brownies
So I came up with the most AMAZING dessert recipe a few weeks ago….German chocolate BROWNIES! My family loves German chocolate cake and these German chocolate cookies, but mainly because of the frosting! The frosting is DIVINE!
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 german chocolate brownies.
They are super rich and full of chocolate goodness. Trust me, you’ll want to file this recipe away!
If you know me, you know I’m all about dressing up a box of cake mix or brownie mix. These oreo brownies are some of our favorites! It helps simplify the baking process and still turns out so delicious. It makes it so simple and gives you time to focus on the homemade coconut frosting, which really is the star of the show!
3 Delicious Layers
Jump to the printable recipe for the full ingredients and instructions!
- Brownies: The first layer starts with a classic brownie base. I used a box of my favorite brownie mix to make thing easier, but you could definitely make homemade brownies from scratch if you’d like. I also love mixing in some semi sweet chocolate chips for even more chocolate flavor.
- Caramel: Next comes a layer of gooey caramel. All you need to do is melt the caramel bits until smooth, then spread the caramel over top of the cooled brownies. You can skip this step if you prefer, but I love the extra gooeyness it adds.
- Coconut pecan frosting: The last layer is a rich and divine coconut pecan frosting. It’s perfectly thick and delicious and tastes amazing paired with the chocolate and caramel. After adding the frosting, I like to also add a drizzle of melted chocolate and a sprinkle of chopped pecans.
How to Make German Chocolate Brownies
- Make: Bake your brownies according to package or recipe directions.
- Melt: Place your caramels in a bowl and melt down until smooth.
- Drizzle: Add that caramel evenly over the cooled brownies.
- Cook: Combine the coconut frosting ingredients and cook according to directions.
- Spread: Gently spread the frosting over the top of the caramel.
- Slice: Cut the brownies and serve.
- After you bake the brownies in the oven, check them with a toothpick to make sure they come clean.
- Use fresh flaked coconut to make the coconut pecan frosting. It definitely makes a difference!
- For my chocolate lovers: drizzle chocolate on top of the brownies (before the caramel) or add chocolate chips to the brownie batter like I do in my cake mix brownies recipe.
- Make sure each layer has cooled completely before adding the next on top.
- I recommend refrigerating the brownies after frosting and adding toppings. They are easier to cut when hardened. A plastic knife works best to cut them.
- The frosting makes a lot, so you can also bake in a 9×13″ pan and use 2 boxes of brownie mix to have more squares.
- You can always sprinkle the tops with a little bit of flake sea salt for to cut the sweetness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Make sure to beat your eggs and sugar well. Also, make sure to not over bake, so the center stays soft.
Use milk instead of water and add extra chocolate chips in the batter. Make sure to not over bake them and also to add a frosting on top.
The term can refer to chocolate made in Germany, baking chocolate or a German chocolate cake. The coconut pecan frosting on top of these brownies makes them German chocolate brownies.
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German Chocolate Brownies
- 1 (18-ounce) box brownie mix , plus ingredients on box
- 1 cup caramel bits
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
Coconut Pecan Frosting
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- ½ cup butter , or margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups shredded coconut , make sure it's fresh
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Bake brownies according to package in a 9×9-inch pan. Let cool.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, cook caramel bits and heavy creamy for 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Drizzle over brownies. Let cool.
Coconut Pecan Frosting
- In a large saucepan, stir together butter, egg yolks, sugar, milk, and vanilla over medium heat 10 minutes, or until thickened (make sure to stir consistently). Add coconut and pecans.
- Spread frosting over top of caramel. Top with melted chocolate and pecans, if desired. Chill before slicing into 16 squares.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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I had never heard of these before but I am glad I found them since I love coconut and pecans and they were delicious.
Except I have been making this recipe for years. I don’t think this is your creation.
I have Kraft caramel cubes. Can I just cut those up into small pieces and use them instead of the caramel bits? And 2nd question, what brownie mix do you usually use for this?
Yes you can just melt them (no need to cut them). I like to use Ghirardelli :)
Loved these! I’m a German chocolate anything aficionado. Can the caramel be swirled into the brownie mix like a turtle brownie?
I haven’t tried it that way, but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it goes if you try it!
These brownies were amazing! I wish I made more!
The recipe is easy to follow and so delicious! Love the caramel flavor in the brownie. It’s definitely one of my favorite dessert recipes.
Last question….can you use sweetened shredded coconut? That’s what I am finding in store.
Yes definitely :)
Loved these german chocolate brownies! We used the homemade version you linked it the post. It did take a little while, but worth the effort!
German Chocolate is my husband’s favorite. We loved these bronwnies!
Yes, a 9×13 will work great! :)
We love this recipe and will make it often!. I made this twice and both times the sides were crispy. How do I back 2 boxes of brownies in a 9×13 pan and not have it get hard around the edges?
You could try lowering the temperature to see if that helps! :)
I’m the brownie making queen in our family and I’m always looking for a great new brownie recipe and I can tell you – THIS IS IT. We like the chewy texture of the brownie and the melted caramel on top makes it even better. I follow the recipe exactly and they turn out perfect every time.
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!