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German Chocolate Brownies Recipe

posted by Allison Mattina on May 10, 2016

German Chocolate Brownies Recipe ~ Rich chocolaty brownies topped with a gooey homemade coconut pecan frosting. Make the brownies from scratch, or use a boxed brownie mix as the base of this recipe. You’ll love this decadent dessert!

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That big stack of brownies is calling your name, isn’t it? Life is better with brownies, friends. It’s a fact.

The thing I LOVE about brownies (aside from their fudgy, gooey, chewy-edged deliciousness) is that no special occasion is needed to whip up a batch. Layer cakes are made for birthdays, fancy pies mark the end of a dinner party, and homemade pastries are for weekend brunch.

But, brownies can be made for any reason…


It’s 3:00 and you’re craving chocolate → brownies.

You’re a mom struggling to potty train a stubborn toddler (ahem) → brownies.

You thought it was Friday and just realized that it’s actually Thursday (ugh) → brownies.

There are so many ways you can flavor brownies. In the past I’ve added raspberries and white chocolate, peanut butter, creamy coconut, caramel, and espresso. Today I’m bringing you German Chocolate Brownies! These brownies are topped with a gooey, sticky, coconut pecan frosting. Feel free to use your favorite brownies for the base of this recipe. Here is my favorite homemade recipe, but you can absolutely use a boxed mix too.

My family loved these brownies. The frosting takes them over the top and adds fantastic texture and flavor. Note: Please, please, pretty please, stick a spoon in that frosting and take a big bite before pouring it over the brownies. Taste testing is half the fun of being in the kitchen, right?! You’re welcome. 😉

After slicing the brownies, most of the frosting will hold up without dripping down the sides, but you might get a few spots of drippy, sweet deliciousness. You can choose to eat these brownies by hand or with a fork. My husband and son have an irrational fear of being sticky (true story), so there is no way they’d eat these with their hands. My daughter and I dove right in without utensils. In fact, my camera is currently covered in stickiness from moving these brownies around while photographing them. Sshhhhh, don’t tell my hubby.

Now hurry and get in your kitchen! Bake some brownies, drown them in coconut pecan frosting, and then dive in. Enjoy, friends!

3 reviews

German Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Serves 12 servings     adjust servings

Rich chocolaty brownies topped with a gooey homemade coconut pecan frosting. Make the brownies from scratch, or use a boxed brownie mix for the base of this recipe. You'll love this decadent dessert!


  • One 8x8 or 9x9 pan cooked and cooled brownies (boxed or homemade)
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (full fat)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped toasted pecans (see note)
  • 1 3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolk and butter. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, whisking frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract, pecans and coconut. Spoon onto the brownies and carefully spread the frosting into an even layer. Cool completely (until the frosting has firmed up a bit) before cutting. You can speed along the cooling by placing the brownies in the refrigerator or freezer for a short time. Don't leave them in too long or the brownies could dry out.


Recipe Notes

To toast pecans: Place in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and toasted. Watch them closely so that they don't burn.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 229kcal Calories from fat 144
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 59mg2%
Carbohydrate 21g7%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 19g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Karly

    Oh, hello, beautiful. These brownies are seriously gorgeous. And that coconut topping? Insane. I cannot wait to try this out!

  • Debbie Caraballo

    I really love this recipe; I’d like to make them to send to hubby’s workplace for the Harvest Festival. Have you ever doubled them? Or do you think it would work well?

    • Allison Mattina

      Hi, Debbie. I have not doubled it, but I’m sure that you can with no problem. I would suggest doubling the topping for a 9×13 (or slightly larger) pan of brownies. You might have a little more topping that you need but just add as much as you’d like.

  • leah

    hi, just wondering if you had ever used this recipe (or thought of using it) to make brownie cupcakes? Do you believe it would work out well? Would definitely be a rich german chocolate style cupcake. LOL. TIA

    • Allison Mattina

      Hi, Leah. That should work just fine. I’m not sure on the cook time, so just check them periodically. Enjoy!

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