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German Chocolate Brownie Pie: A decadent fudgy brownie topped with the classic coconut and pecan German chocolate frosting!

German Chocolate Brownie Pie in a ruffle edged pie plate with pecan halves

German Chocolate Brownie Pie

It had been quite a while since I’d whipped up my Brownie Pie, a simple dessert composed of a rich brownie batter baked in a flaky pastry shell. To make it even easier, I decided to omit the crust and gild the lily with a topping of the classic German chocolate cake frosting.

I could probably eat a bowl of this caramelly coconut icing with bits of pecans. It’s heavenly, especially for coconut fans like me. I gave my coconut phobic husband permission to scrape off his topping with strict instructions to save it for me! I call this a win for me and a win for him.

German Chocolate Brownie Pie in a red and white ceramic pie plate

A Treat for Friends

I brought this German Chocolate Brownie Pie to an intimate dinner party hosted by my food blogger friend, Kate of Kate’s Kitchen. I knew Kate was a coconut fan (she keeps tiny squares of my Mounds Bars in her freezer for those unrelenting cravings).

And, upon request, I baked a German chocolate cake for another one of the dinner guests, my dear friend, Pam,  on her birthday a few years back. So I knew this pie would be a hit with her (and me!). And it was!!!

German Chocolate Brownie Pie slice on a white dessert plate

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 two short months ago. Today, the Sunday Supper team is making Dad’s favorite recipes. 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.

 Collage of my dad, The Dude, through the years

More Coconut Recipes You’ll Love

If you need your coconut fix, these White Chocolate Coconut Truffles have minimal ingredients and taste amazing! Chewy Coconut Cookies take nearly no time to whip up and these Coconut Apricot Bars are always a hit! Plus, don’t miss these German Chocolate Brownies. I’m also drooling over these Chocolate Coconut Cookies!

German Chocolate Brownie Pie

German Chocolate Brownie Pie

A brownie twist on the classic German chocolate cake.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings


For Brownies:

  • 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

For topping:

  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. 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 minutes
  3. Whisk in eggs and vanilla, then stir in flour and salt until just combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake 40 minutes or till crust is brown and top of brownies is appears set. Cool to room temperature.
  5. To make the topping, cook heavy cream, sugar, yolks, and butter over medium heat, stirring constantly till 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 3gSugar: 49gProtein: 5g


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37 comments on “German Chocolate Brownie Pie”

  1. Hi Liz, so sorry to hear about your father, love the pictures of him and both of your parents together. Very thoughtful post….

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Your German chocolate brownie pie looks divine!

  3. 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!

  4. Love the colourful post! Have an awesome week, dear!

  5. I love anything coconut (and chocolate, for that matter!). What a heavenly pie!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. I can see the whole family swooning over this one!

  9. my whole family would be swooning over thisone !

  10. This dessert was a hit! Even my husband who (like your dad) doesn’t like sweets, went for seconds! It’s definitely a keeper.

  11. I can’t even handle how good this is! Will be making again and again and again!

  12. I <3 this blog post! Saving this one to make for a gf's b-day!

  13. What a wonderful tribute to your dad! And what a fabulous way to re-create a German chocolate cake!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. No doubt this will quickly become a favorite pie in my house!

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