German Chocolate Brownies


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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour


  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (full fat)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter , diced into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sweetened , shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans , toasted


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For the topping:
  4. 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.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, German Chocolate
Author: Jaclyn
German Chocolate Brownies | Cooking Classy



  • Lorrie: Can I use Dutch Process cocoa powder or does it have to be regular? Thanks! March 29, 2017 at 7:31pm Reply

  • Erika: can you just buy german chocolate frosting instead of making the homemade one yourself lol October 17, 2016 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Patricia: i’d like to know if after freezed, the topping is solid or kind of liquid ? because i really wish it would be solid….tomorrow i’ll try the recipe anyway but please i need to know :D September 24, 2016 at 10:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I’m not sure because I haven’t tried freezing them. September 24, 2016 at 10:15pm Reply

  • kayla moore: What is the best way to store these brownies if I need to make them a day before our party? February 6, 2016 at 8:00am Reply

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