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German Chocolate Brownies

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

These is the BEST German Chocolate Brownie recipe ever! Fudgy and chocolatey brownies topped with a rich coconut pecan frosting - these are AMAZING!

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

Fudgy rich brownies topped with coconut pecan frosting!


For the Brownies:

  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter1
  • 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


    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: 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.
    5. Spread frosting over the top of the cooled brownies. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.

{Coconut-Pecan Frosting from The Cake Book.}

German Chocolate Brownies

This post is part of the 1-year anniversary of the #chocolateparty!

The monthly chocolate party is hosted by my friend Roxana over at Roxana’s Home Baking. This month marks the one year anniversary of the chocolate party (a post each month where bloggers create sinful chocolate desserts) and we’re celebrating with a giveaway and blog party!

Check out Roxana’s version of my brownies here!

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44 Responses to “German Chocolate Brownies”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:35 am (#)

    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 :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 18th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Yup, luckily I was giving these away or that would have happened!


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  3. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:19 am (#)

    Used to hate coconut?!?!? It’s ok, we all make mistakes in our younger years. These bars look like serious retribution!


  4. Tieghan posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:38 am (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 18th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Yes! I need to do more of it. It’s been too long!


  5. tanya posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:47 am (#)

    I could eat these all day Dorothy! Pecan frosting is THE best!


  6. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:44 am (#)

    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.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 18th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Yes and super chocolatey too!!


  7. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:45 am (#)

    I could eat brownies all day and the frosting but you know me and coconut! Pictures look great!


  8. Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:31 am (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 18th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Glad it wasn’t just me!! Thanks Meghan!


  9. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:34 am (#)

    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!


  10. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:51 am (#)

    I have always had a deep love for coconut and these brownies are calling my name!


  11. Ashley posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:23 am (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 18th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Yes, with a large glass of milk!


  12. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:45 am (#)

    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!


  13. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:07 am (#)

    AHH-MAZING!!! Who doesn’t love Brownie Anything???


  14. Emily @ Life on Food posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:40 am (#)

    I want a brownie!! Love the coconut chocolate combination. Its a favorite!


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  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Georgia! I know, I can’t believe it took me this long either. :)


  17. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm (#)

    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


  18. Amy posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm (#)

    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!!


  19. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm (#)

    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!


  20. sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm (#)

    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!


  21. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm (#)

    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! :)


  22. tahnycooks posted on September 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm (#)

    I’m out of control when German chocolate Frosting is around! These looks so good! Easy eat for sure!


  23. Elizabeth @ posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:25 am (#)

    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!


  24. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm (#)

    Love that you turned German chocolate cake into brownies! These look so decadent!


  25. Jaclyn posted on September 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm (#)

    These look amazing!! I would have a rough time stopping at one.


  26. Kathy posted on September 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm (#)

    Oh! I love German Chocolate Cake. What a great idea to make it as brownies! These look delicious!


  27. Laura posted on September 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm (#)

    Your sense of humor cracks me up. Thanks for the witty posts and the yummy recipies!


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  29. Suzanne posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 7th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! I hope you loved them!


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