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Three german chocolate brownies stacked on a whtie plate
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German Chocolate Brownies

These rich chocolaty German Chocolate Brownies are 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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 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.


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.


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.7mg