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5 from 1 vote

German Chocolate Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies - a rich, dense, chocolate-y cookie topped with a heavenly coconut pecan frosting and drizzled in chocolate. A deliciously indulgent dessert!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


for the cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

for the topping:

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 ounces 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate melted


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture, and mix to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop the dough into one inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack.
  • While the cookies are cooling, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolk, and butter in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Simmer 10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and turned a caramel color. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Allow the frosting to cool slightly and thicken, then spread on cooled cookies. Drizzle with semisweet chocolate and let cool before serving.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 4.5% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 4.6% | Iron: 5.8%