German Chocolate Brownie Pie
German Chocolate Brownie Pie: A decadent fudgy brownie is topped with the classic coconut and pecan German chocolate frosting!
This tasty twist on a German Chocolate Cake Recipe is so much easier than baking a full-fledged cake and definitely as rich and delectable!
Why You Must Make
- The base is a rich Brownie Pie.
- But to guild the lily, it’s topped with classic German Chocolate Frosting!
- The combination is amazing!!
How to Make
- I used my favorite One Bowl Fudgy Brownies and baked them in a pie plate instead of a square baking pan, using an offset spatula to smooth the top before baking.
- When the brownies cooled to room temperature, make the frosting.
- Gently cook the custard mixture, which will become the frosting base, over medium heat while stirring constantly. Add the coconut and pecans.
- Let the brownies cool to room temperature before frosting.
- Spread on top of the brownies. Paired with the fudgy base creates a dazzling dessert!
- You can use a favorite brownie recipe or box mix that is for an 8 x 8-inch pan.
- The frosting is actually a custard made with eggs. Stirring it constantly while it thickens so the egg yolks don’t scramble, but form a luscious base to which you add the coconut and pecans.
- Serve small wedges as this is a very rich dessert. And there’s no need for ice cream or whipped cream toppings!
- Store covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator but bring to room temperature to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
In 1852, American baker Samuel German developed a type of dark chocolate for Baker’s Chocolate Company. Sweeter than semisweet chocolate, it contains chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, flavorings, and lecithin, an emulsifier. To honor Mr. German, it was named Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate.
Now that you know what makes up German chocolate, you might surmise that this chocolate is a component of the cake. Since it’s similar to semisweet chocolate, that can also be used as a substitute. The first German chocolate cake recipe was posted in the Dallas Morning Star in 1957. Credit is given to Mrs. George Calay, a homemaker. So the cake is actually Texan, not German. Sales of German chocolate went crazy after this recipe was shared with the public.
Besides the German chocolate, a German chocolate cake recipe contains buttermilk, which makes for a moist, tender cake. It is also iced with a special German chocolate frosting recipe with coconut, pecans, sugar, butter, and cream cooked with eggs. If you love coconut and pecans, this is a to-die-for cake filling and frosting!
You May Also Like:
- White Chocolate Coconut Truffles
- Chewy Coconut Cookies
- Coconut Apricot Bars
- German Chocolate Brownies
- Mounds Bars
- Chocolate Coconut Cookies
- Plus, check out all my Homemade Brownies Recipes.
German Chocolate Brownie Pie
A brownie twist on the classic German chocolate cake.
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup (1 stick ) butter, cut into tablespoons
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine chocolate and the ½ cup of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave using 30-second increments till chocolate is melted, stirring frequently. Mix in sugar and let cool for a couple of minutes
- Whisk in eggs and vanilla, then stir in flour and salt until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or till the crust is brown and the top of the brownies is appears set. Cool to room temperature.
- To make the topping, cook heavy cream, sugar, yolks, and butter over medium heat, stirring constantly till the mixture starts to boil and thickens.
- Remove from heat and mix in coconut, pecans, and vanilla. Let rest till cools to room temperature then spread over the top of the brownies.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 3gSugar: 49gProtein: 5g
Memories of My Dad, AKA the Dude
German chocolate anything reminds me of my dad. Known by family and friends as “the Dude,” he passed away almost four years ago. I first shared this recipe with a twist on one of my Dad’s favorite recipes for Father’s Day. My dad was a huge fan of steak, sushi, tacos…well, almost everything except his mom’s oxtail soup. Every birthday, my mom would run to our local Randall’s grocery store and pick up their bakery German chocolate cake. It was a huge treat for the whole family.
And, even though my dad denied liking sweets, he would eat every crumb off his plate! I created these German chocolate brownies as a tribute to the man who showed me the value of education, altruism, loyalty to family, and unconditional love. Though I get teary as I remember him, I know he’s been reunited with my mom, his cherished wife of over 50 years, and they’re sharing a bottle of red wine and laughing. That’s the way I remember them both. Nostrovia!!!
37 Comments on “German Chocolate Brownie Pie”
A great way to honor your dad. I am with you I love the coconut and pecan topping! These German chocolate brownies are right up my alley!! They look delicious!!
No doubt this will quickly become a favorite pie in my house!
Liz, what a special way to remember your dad. I hope to make this soon and think of him when I do! Thank you for sharing such a special recipe.
Growing up I always stayed away from desserts like this because they had coconut in them (even though my Mom LOVES coconut in every form). Now that my tastes have changed, I like coconut a bit more and am trying all sorts of things I never had before. What a great topping to compliment a delicious brownie!
What a wonderful tribute to your dad! And what a fabulous way to re-create a German chocolate cake!!
I <3 this blog post! Saving this one to make for a gf's b-day!
I can’t even handle how good this is! Will be making again and again and again!
This dessert was a hit! Even my husband who (like your dad) doesn’t like sweets, went for seconds! It’s definitely a keeper.
my whole family would be swooning over thisone !
I can see the whole family swooning over this one!
This brownie pie looks heavenly 🙂
I’ve lost my Dad in my teens and I love to bake his favorites every now and then. I celebrate his birthday every year with a cake. So I see this as a beautiful tribute to your Dad
Condolances to you as you miss your Dad today. He (and your Mom) are smiling down upon you and wishing they could join you for this brownie treat.
I love anything coconut (and chocolate, for that matter!). What a heavenly pie!
Love the colourful post! Have an awesome week, dear!
Liz what a great way to honor your dad. I know he’s looking down and wishing he could sit down with you for a slice. This, your first, Father’s Day without him will be difficult, believe me I know. But all we can do is remember all of those happy times and past celebrations. Hey, maybe our fathers are up there getting to know each other. 🙂 Sending you a big hug!
What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Your German chocolate brownie pie looks divine!
Hi Liz, so sorry to hear about your father, love the pictures of him and both of your parents together. Very thoughtful post….