German Chocolate Brownies

I love chocolate, and I love coconut, so any dessert that combines the two is extra special to me!  A while back I pinned this delicious recipe (from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen) and I knew they would quickly become a family favorite.  I’ve made them several times over the past few months… but each time we (ok, mostly I) eat them all before I have a chance to take any photos!  For Memorial Day weekend I needed to make some treats to bring to a family BBQ, and I knew these would be perfect!  They are easy to make, easy to transport, and oh so delicious!

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German Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 16 small/medium brownies


1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 egg whites
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line an 8"x8" (or 9"x9") square baking pan with parchment paper (or line with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray).

2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, cocoa powder, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Add in the flour and stir until it's just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan, smoothing as needed with a spatula.

4. In a medium bowl combine topping ingredients. Stir until well combined.

5. Spread topping over brownie batter, then bake brownies for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.

6. Cool brownies on a wire cooling rack, remove from pan and cut as desired.

Love coconut?  You’re sure to love my Coconut Snoballs and Pina Colada Cupcakes.

Not a coconut lover?  Try my Fudge Mint Brownies, they’re always a big hit!

Happy Baking!


  1. I'm so glad you like these…they are always a hit with my husband!!

    Speaking of…maybe I need to make these for Father's Day!!

  2. Yum! These look soooo good! I must make them soon:-)

  3. YUMMO! Thanks for this recipe. I LOVE coconut too. Though seems to be one of those foods people love or hate. Will be using this recipe for sure.

  4. ~ Looks delish… Thanks for posting the recipe!

  5. Thanks for the recipe, I think I will be making these for Father's Day. My husband loves german chocolate cake, and these sound even better! :0)

  6. Lovely! They look yummy! The topping must be delish! Love coconut toppings!

  7. They look so good and you have them looking so pretty too! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

  8. Mmmm, they look so nice and fudgy! Can't wait to meet you in November:)

  9. I have had those brownies bookmarked too! Glad to hear that you loved them 🙂

  10. Yum, those look so delicious

  11. Yum! I love chocolate and coconut together!

  12. OMG, this is a wonderful brownie recipe. Ok, maybe have to remove the coconut from topping because my husband doesn't like it, but I can add more pecans…!!

  13. No raising agent?
    Only plain flour?

  14. Mmmm! I love chocolate and they look so yummy!


  15. YUM! I love german chocolate cake and so I'm pretty sure I'll love these! I'll have to try them out this weekend! Love you!


  16. Oh wow! I've never heard of German chocolate brownies until now. Thank you for introducing me to them! They look delectable!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  17. Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some.

  18. oh I have to try this, my mom loves german chocolate cake, so this would be even better!

  19. Looks and sounds so delicious! Chocolate and coconut are the best combo ever!

  20. They sure are delicious… Brownies with milk are great.
    I need to try this some day.

  21. Just shared this on our FB page! (Come to think of it, those Fudge Mint Brownies you mentioned sound yum, too!)

  22. Made these but didn't turn out. Very sad.
    what did I do wrong? Was I suppose to
    whip the egg whites to a peak ? It doesn't say.

  23. Made these this weekend and they were a HUGE hit and so divine. I used cake flour in mine. I left the pan at my friends house but will head by today to recover the left behind ones 🙂 thanks for the recipe, soooooo good!

  24. These look delicious! My husband would love these brownies – he loves coconut. Can’t wait to try them.

  25. Brownies never looked so good!

  26. I love the new look of your website! Oh, and these brownies look pretty amazing too.

  27. I like the polka dot and pattern liners. I have also “liked” the Bakers stock facebook. You have been “liked” for a while now. You’re one of my favorite go-to website for cupcakes.

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  29. These look so good! I absolutely love the milk bottle you used! Where do you purchase your props from?

  30. Thank you for the recipe. I tried it and they were great! First time ever making brownies from scratch. My only mistake was that I used the wrong size pan, so they were thin. I will be taking these to our class potluck in a couple of weeks.

  31. hi there
    Your baking is truly inspirational! I don’t think your mind ever rests.It must b spinning with creative ideas all the time.

    I’ve tried numerous brownie recipes.I have the same problem always, they always cave in! Never a flat top, why is this? CAN U HELP?

    Thanx for sharing your baking!!!!

    FATHIMA (South Africa)

    • Fathima, You made need to let the brownies bake a few minutes longer. Usually baked goods cave in if they are not fully baked in the center. I can’t think of any other possible problems, unless you live at a high elevation… that can effect baking results quite a bit. Best of luck!

  32. These have looked incredible since I started mixing them up. I was excited to only have to wait 25 minutes to dig in, but I’m 45 minutes into baking them and my toothpick still doesn’t come out clean :/ What am I doing wrong?!

    • I have made this recipe a few times, and usually cook it the recommened time (25-30 minutes). Ovens to vary a bit, but I can’t imagine it would take quite 45 minutes. How did they turn out? The toothpick should come out with just a few moist crumbs, but not wet, it does not need to be perfectly clean.

  33. Just made these! Everyone loved them! I didn’t have pecans so I used hazelnuts instead, and still turned out delicious! 🙂

  34. I tried these brownies last night and I had the same problem, they took forever to bake and ended up still being “wet” in the middle. After some research, the original recipe does say to “beat egg whites with a wire whisk until foamy”. Was disappointed in my first batch but will attempt them again-maybe even using one egg white to reduce the liquid. Love your blog Glory!

    • Hi Joy, Sorry the recipe didn’t turn out well for you. I’m not sure from your comment if you were more unhappy with the brownie part or the topping. The egg whites on top shouldn’t effect the brownie itself. The egg whites do need to be broken up, but I have found that can be done just fine in one step, by beating them with the other topping ingredients. Feel free to adjust the baking time a bit, as needed. This recipe does produce a fudgy brownie, versus a “cakey” brownie. I might suggest adding an additional 1/2 cup of flour for a more sturdy brownie. Also, it is important to allow them to fully cool before trying to cut them. Feel free to experiment and find a combo you like best! Happy Baking!

  35. I am baking these right now and they are definitely taking longer than 25 minutes to bake. I believe it’s because I wrapped the inside of my pan with foil rather than wax paper because that’s all I had. I’ve experienced the same kind of thing happening when I’ve used foil in cooking other things, so I really think that is what it is.

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