German Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I found this on Recipezaar and daringly tried it out even though it hadn’t been reviewed. I’m going to be the first to review it and I believe it will get 4 stars because it lives up to expectations and is attractive.


These cookies don’t contain any German’s chocolate but they do have what I think is the best part of German chocolate cake, the evaporated milk/coconut/pecan/ frosting.

I made a half batch of these and produced 10 cookies, so thefull recipe (as written below) will probably yield 20-24, depending on how generous you are with your scooping. The icing was very simple to make, and thickened up very quickly – in less than a minute. Then again, I made half batch, so there wasn’t much in the pan.

German Chocolate Brownie Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Β½ teaspoon salt
ΒΌ teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup vegetable shortening (I used butter flavored)
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet or Bittersweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup evaporated milk (not condensed!)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened, salted is best
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped pecans which have been toasted
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine cocoa, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well and set aside. Cream together brown sugar, shortening, water and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and continue beating for 2 minutes. Stir in flour mixture until well mixed, then add chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 7-9 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet then transfer cookies to wire rack.

Prepare frosting. Combine evaporated milk, sugar, butter and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, pecans and coconut. Allow to cool slightly, then spoon over cookies. Note: The icing will thicken as it sits, so don’t worry if it seems thin. You should take it off the heat when it’s the consistency of runny pudding or when a finger drawn down the back of a coated spoon produces a line.

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  1. says

    I LOVE German Chocolate cake and never tried making a cookie along that theme – they look great. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Anna says

    Brenda, let me know how yours turn out of if there’s some way we could improve them.

    Sandra and Tanya, the cake part tastes like brownie, but the frosting makes the cookies like German Chocolate Cake.

    Claire, these cookies can travel, but you might want to chill them a little bit before packing so the glaze will be a little firmer. I don’t think I’d stack them.

  3. says

    Those look delicious. I tend to stay away from anything with a topping (messy, they don’t last as long), but I might have to make an exception! πŸ™‚

  4. Lea says

    Hi! Your stuff looks amazing. Have you ever thought of posting the macros? Just a thought, for those who are interested.

  5. Anna says


    I’m not a big fan of gooey things either, which is why I tend to chill bar cookies and such….I like them set. These cookies start out gooey, but they do set up nicely.

    Lea, if I can turn out some decent macros, I’ll try it. I really don’t know much about photography, but I think my little Canon Elph could do macros if I got the settings and the light right. I don’t put a lot of time into the photography. Mostly, I just try to take a good enough shot of the cookie so that people can get an idea of its texture and color.

  6. Debbi says

    I made these 2 days ago and everyone that I made them for just LOVED them!! Super nummy. We ran out of the goo to go on top but I do think that we put on a LOT though. SOOOOOOOO good! Thanks!

  7. d says

    There is a local bakery that makes something like these. Theirs are amazing.
    The base on theirs is a little more cake like rather than brownie like, but I’ll try these and go from there. Thanks!

  8. Cookie says

    I made these for an Oktoberfest at work. I brought about 6 of them home and my husband has been begging, on a daily basis, for me to make him some. I had never made them before and the recipe was very simple to follow and not very time consuming. I highly recommend the recipe. Everyone at work also loved them. I had to hurry and grab the 6 I took home because they were going fast!!!!!

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