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German Chocolate Cookies
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German Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 24
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Handle the Heat


  • Chocolate Cookies:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • Coconut Pecan Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 heaping cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate wafers melted for drizzle, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  • Combine the flour together with the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; mix until well combined.
  • Beat together in a separate bowl the butter and sugars until creamy.
  • Add the full egg, yolk, and vanilla; beat until creamy.
  • Slowly add the flour to the butter mixture - the batter will be thick.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  • Scoop spoonfuls (about 1 ½ tbsp) of the dough onto the baking sheet placing them 2 inches apart.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until set.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to set for 7-10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Make the frosting by combining the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolk, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often for 10 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Add the coconut, pecans, and vanilla; stir until well combined. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Once the cookies are cooled completely and the coconut pecan frosting is cooled completely, add a dollop of frosting to each cookie you plan on serving.
  • If desired, melt some semi sweet melting wafers in the microwave per instructions and drizzle on top of each cookie. Serve with ice cold milk and enjoy.
  • Store the remaining cookies in a sealed container. Store the frosting in a sealed container in the refrigerator.