German Chocolate Brownies

These German Chocolate Brownies are a fudgy brownie topped with a to-die-for coconut pecan frosting!

German Chocolate Brownies - a fudgy brownie topped with coconut pecan frosting! | | #brownie #chocolateparty

Can you believe I used to hate coconut? I look back on my coconut-free years and think about what I was missing.

Magic Bars.

Almond Joys.

Coconut Cupcakes.

I mean, what was I thinking?

You know what else I avoided like the plague because I *thought* I hated coconut? Coconut-Pecan Frosting, aka German Chocolate Frosting.

I mean really? I went 30 years of my life without knowing the wonderment of coconut pecan frosting? Or German Chocolate Cake?

Or, better yet, German Chocolate Brownies?

German Chocolate Brownies - a fudgy brownie topped with coconut pecan frosting! | | #brownie #chocolateparty

I have years to make up for people. Decades! So I better get started.

First of all, I didn’t know wether or not I should call these Coconut Pecan Frosted Brownies or German Chocolate Brownies. We can call them both.

The brownie is my favorite brownie recipe. It’s rich and fudgy and tastes better than a box (I promise!) but is almost just as easy to make. I can never get enough brownies  - ever.

When I realized that one kind of frosting was lacking from my diet (this coconut pecan frosting) I decided to pair it with brownies. And that was a very, very good decision.

If you’ve never made coconut-pecan frosting, let me tell you about it. It’s a cooked frosting, and it has egg in it. (I know, weird right?) I was skeptical, since I’d never made it before, but I was wrong to be anything but sure about this frosting!

Besides egg yolks, the frosting has sugar, evaporated milk, and butter in it. Once boiled, these things form a thick and gooey sweet frosting. Then you stir in coconut and pecans and vanilla and magic happens. It’s like unicorns flew through the room with magical rainbow dust and sprinkled it over brownies.

Best. Frosting. Ever.

And now I want to put it on everything: cake, pie, cookies…

German Chocolate Brownies - a fudgy brownie topped with coconut pecan frosting! | | #brownie #chocolateparty

I have a lot of coconut loving time to make up for, after all!

German Chocolate Brownies


    For the Brownies
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans


    Make the Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the two baking chocolates and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well. Add flour and stir carefully.
  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick 2 inches from the outside of the pan comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  4. Make the Frosting
  5. Combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter has melted and the mixture thickens and bubbles. Once it bubbles, reduce heat to low and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla, coconut, and pecans. Cool about 1 hour, until the mixture is spreadable.
  6. Spread frosting over the top of the cooled brownies. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.


{Coconut-Pecan Frosting from The Cake Book.}

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Check out Roxana’s version of my brownies here!

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  1. I never used to be the biggest coconut fan either – boy how times have changed for me too! Gorgeous brownies. I never make GCB’s because honestly, I’d eat the whole pan, or eat that whole top layer off, by myself :)

  2. Used to hate coconut?!?!? It’s ok, we all make mistakes in our younger years. These bars look like serious retribution!
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  3. I was the same way. Well, I had just never tried coconut and thought I did not like it, now? Now it is one of my favorite ingredients. Especially mixed with chocolate! These brownies are like a slab of heaven!
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  4. I could eat these all day Dorothy! Pecan frosting is THE best!
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  5. Chocolate + coconut is definitely one of my favorite flavor combos! But I think you’re doing well at making up for your previous lack. :) These look great! I was also drooling over the truffle brownie recipe you linked up… oh my goodness. So much brownie goodness.
    Erin | The Emerging Foodie recently posted..Healthier Sweet Potato Mac and CheeseMy Profile

  6. I could eat brownies all day and the frosting but you know me and coconut! Pictures look great!
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet recently posted..Peanut Butter Ball PopcornMy Profile

  7. I used to think I hated coconut too, but I’m so glad I came around on that one! These brownies look fantastic- dying over that gooey frosting!

  8. These look absolutely amazing…. I totally want to do german chocolate week on my blog now. Yum! BTW LOLed when you said that unicorns flew through the room. Love it!
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent recently posted..Pineapple Zucchini BreadMy Profile

  9. I have always had a deep love for coconut and these brownies are calling my name!
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry recently posted..Strawberry Basil PieMy Profile

  10. I’ve always really liked german chocolate cake but in brownie form??? These look amazing!! Especially with that fudgy brownie part. One of these for an after-lunch snack would be perfect right about now!
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  11. Is it bad I want to face plant in that frosting? I hope not. German chocolate brownies have been on my baking bucket list for forever … its now moved to the top. Looks beyond decadent!
    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life recently posted..Cinnamon Apple {Zucchini} Cake with Oatmeal CrumbleMy Profile

  12. AHH-MAZING!!! Who doesn’t love Brownie Anything???
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen recently posted..Pumpkin Pie Cookies with Brown Sugar FrostingMy Profile

  13. I want a brownie!! Love the coconut chocolate combination. Its a favorite!
    Emily @ Life on Food recently posted..WIAW: South CarolinaMy Profile

  14. These bars look SO irresistible, Dorothy! I am a huge German chocolate cake lover… it’s a wonder I’ve never made it for my blog!

  15. I did a happy dance when you shared this recipe with me. I love German Brownie anything and these brownies were so good I had a hard time sharing them! The frosting is to-die-for indeed!

    Thanks for the recipe and for allowing me to share it with my readers
    Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking recently posted..German chocolate brownies recipeMy Profile

  16. I like the name German Chocolate Brownies — so creative! German Chocolate Cake is actually my dad’s favorite (along with a lemon bundt cake), so I’ll have to tell him about your brownies this weekend when I visit my parents. He’ll get a kick out of them!!
    Amy recently posted..Baking Basics 101My Profile

  17. I love, love, LOVE coconut. My husband HATES it. Which is good or bad, depending. Good that I get the entire coconut dessert to myself, or bad that I get the entire coconut dessert to myself. :-) I am drooling over that frosting – looks phenomenal!
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl recently posted..Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger SoupMy Profile

  18. I am not a huge fan of coconut, however my husband LOVES coconut and his favorite dessert is German Chocolate Cake. He is always asking me to make this for him! And I of course LOVE brownies, now this is a match made in heaven! These brownies look incredible! I will absolutely give them a try!
    sheila @ Sweet Baked Life recently posted..Frosted S’mores BrowniesMy Profile

  19. You’re right, that coconut pecan frosting is to do for. I’d eat that just with a spoon and one of these yummy brownies on the side, lol! :)
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme recently posted..Chocolate Covered Banana Bread TrufflesMy Profile

  20. I’m out of control when German chocolate Frosting is around! These looks so good! Easy eat for sure!
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  21. I never understood people who said they didn’t like coconut, until I read a book where the author compared eating coconut to the texture of chewing on cuticles. Ewwwww. Regardless, I love coconut and I love german chocolate frosting!

  22. Love that you turned German chocolate cake into brownies! These look so decadent!
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  23. These look amazing!! I would have a rough time stopping at one.
    Jaclyn recently posted..Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar SoupMy Profile

  24. Oh! I love German Chocolate Cake. What a great idea to make it as brownies! These look delicious!
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  25. Your sense of humor cracks me up. Thanks for the witty posts and the yummy recipies!

  26. Dorothy, I just made these and I’m waiting for them to cool and the frosting to cool also, can’t wait to give them a try! Thanks for sharing this recipe, you are the queen of sweets!


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