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German Chocolate Brownies

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These German Chocolate Brownies deliver the same terrific chocolate, coconut, caramel and pecan flavors as their namesake cake with a fraction of the work.

My dad, who claimed not to like sweets, always got a German chocolate cake for his birthday, and demolished a big slab every time. The gooey coconut topping always sealed the deal every time. I can see why!

German Chocolate Brownies on a square white plate with pecan halves

German Chocolate Brownies with Coconut Topping

We love dense, fudgy brownies at our house and I’ve made a zillion versions. But adding a nutty coconut topping was something new. And it was no ordinary topping, but one reminiscent of the sort of filling you’d find in a German chocolate cake. Sweet, and slightly caramelly from the brown sugar, these decadent coconut topped bars are one of my new favorite treats.

Overhead view of a stack of German Chocolate Brownies on a square white plate with pecan halves

German Chocolate Brownie Bars from Scratch

I packed these German Chocolate Brownies up and took them to two luncheons. You see, Bill won’t touch anything with coconut and I cannot get enough of it. So these sort of tempting treats must be high tailed out of the house.

I did sample one of these German Chocolate Brownies first, though, and declared them  blog worthy. And even more than blog worthy, they were insanely delicious.  So off they went. To the hospital on Thursday and to a holiday lunch with my girlfriends on Friday.

I’m also a fan the caramel brownies made from a box of German Chocolate Cake mix, but these German chocolate Brownies from scratch are a pure, wholesome indulgence!

Tips for Making these German Chocolate Brownies

  • I line most of my baking pans with non-stick foil. When a dessert has a sticky component like these brownies, it’s especially helpful to assist in removing the brownies.
  • PRO-Tip: As with many of my desserts, I chill these brownies before slicing. Cold brownies will cut cleaner when first refrigerated. But serve at room temperature for the best eating experience. Check out my post on cutting bar cookies for more details.
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German Chocolate Brownies | Fudgy brownies topped with a caramelly, coconut, pecan topping

German Chocolate Brownies

Rich brownies topped with the classic, gooey German chocolate frosting

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Bar Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


For Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick foil (or use regular foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray). Set aside.
  2. In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Add flour and salt and mix till combined.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of pan comes out clean.
  4. For topping, combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add coconut, pecans, corn syrup and milk. Mix till well combined. Drop spoonfuls over top of brownies then spread evenly over top.
  5. Broil about 6 inches from the element, watching carefully, for about 3 minutes, till lightly browned and bubbly.


Adapted from Taste of Home

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53 comments on “German Chocolate Brownies”

  1. My kids loved it!! Perfect dessert in my house!

  2. This was a stellar recipe. One that I will be making often in the week, months and years to come.

  3. My favorite cake with a brownie! Yes please!

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