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German Chocolate Cake Cookies

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Let me start by saying I’m not really a German Chocolate Cake-person (or any cake for that matter), and I’m not a big fan of coconut either. Having said that, these German Chocolate Cake Cookies might be my favorite cookie I have ever eaten. Ever.

You’re going to make these and want to make them again and again! (Fortunately they’re pretty easy too!)

German Chocolate Cake Cookies recipe on Splendry

After my mom kept mentioning this cookie recipe she came across so we thought we’d give it a try, and I’m so glad we did!! I almost don’t want to share it with anyone else, but this needs to be shared with the world!

German Chocolate Cake Cookies Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 C light brown sugar
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
German Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 C evaporated milk
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 C)
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla
  • 1 1/3 C sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 C chopped pecans
  • Almond Bark – chocolate flavor (optional)
Cookie Steps

1. Preheat the oven to 375º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Mix the softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, and eggs using a stand or hand mixer.

german chocolate cake cookies wet ingredients

german chocolate cake cookies mixed wet ingredients 2

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies dry ingredients

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and blend until well mixed.

german chocolate cake cookies blended ingredients

5. Drop tablespoon-size dough balls onto baking sheet (12 cookies fit about right) and bake 8-10 minutes. Ours were perfect right at 8 minutes each time. After about a minute, place the cookies on a cooling rack.

german chocolate cake cookies baked 1 (2)

These cookies are pretty delicious just on their own!  Once we had one pan out of the oven we started on the “icing”!

Icing Steps

1. Add evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla to a large pan and place on stove top over medium heat.

german chocolate cake cookies filling on stove

2. Stir so it becomes well combined, continuing to stir until thickened – about 10-12 minutes.

german chocolate cake cookies filling mixed

3. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Continue to stir until the mixture is thickened enough to spread on the cookies.

german chocolate cake cookies filling with coconut and nuts

4. Spread frosting on the tops of the cooled cookies.

german chocolate cake cookies topped with filling

5. Melt some Almond Bark (I used the microwave) and drizzle on top of the cookies. I placed some melted chocolate into a sandwich bag and cut a tiny corner off to make it easy to drizzle.

Using tablespoon-size dough, I got about 4 dozen cookies out of this. Whatever isn’t immediately eaten can be stored in a container for a couple of days or you can freeze if you’re not planning to eat them just yet. They are just as delicious after they’ve been frozen too!

german chocolate cake cookies 2

Recipe adapted from A Dash of Sanity.

German Chocolate Cookies

Originally published September 28, 2015

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Wednesday 14th of September 2016

These look so good Jaime I am pinning these for later


Monday 12th of September 2016

These look AMAZING! I cannot wait to try these the next time I bake.

- Cait |

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