German Chocolate Brownies

Published March 14, 2014. Updated March 9, 2020

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These things are dangerous! Somebody get them out of my house. But seriously, don’t. I can’t give them up, they’re just too good. I will maintain a regular diet once they are gone, until then I can’t make any promises.

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Why are these things so incredibly good? Well, first off they are inspired by German chocolate cake, so how could they not be good? Second, they are perfectly fudgy and chewy (just how I like my brownies) and they have just the right level of chocolate intensity to be labeled as German chocolate. My first batch – waayyyy too intensely chocolatey. Good, but not meant for these. The sweet coconut-pecan topping that covers these adds amazing texture and just takes brownies to the next level. Once you make them this way your basic, topping free brownies may start to seem rather boring.

These brownies would make your granny proud! I know my Grandma would have loved them. I’ll be making a batch with her in the next life :). Enjoy!

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German Chocolate Brownies

An over the top extra delicious brownie recipe! Two dreamy desserts in one!
Servings: 12
Prep30 minutes
Cook45 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a two-inch over hang on two sides. Butter foil and lightly dust with flour, shaking out excess flour, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs until frothy and slightly pale, about 1 minute. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar and salt and whisk until well combined. Stir in vanilla.
  • Sift cocoa and flour over top, pour in melted butter, and using a wooden spoon, stir until combined (it will be lightly lumpy).
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a thin coat of batter, about 35 - 40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For the topping:
  • In a medium saucepan combine, evaporated milk, egg yolks, brown sugar and butter. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla, then mix in shredded coconut and chopped pecans. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature about 30 minutes then spread over cooled brownies (for cleaner cut brownies cover and chill in freezer, about 15 minutes).
  • Cut brownies into squares just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
German Chocolate Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 601IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.