German Chocolate Brownies

German Chocolate will forever remind me of my mom. Growing up she would always make it.  It has become one of my favorite cakes… I just love the taste of the frosting! I am definitely more of a brownie girl that a cake girl so these were perfect for me!  Try these out!  They are SO easy and your friends and family will think you are absolutely incredible!
3.0 from 1 reviews
German Chocolate Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ tsp. Vanilla
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cups fresh flaked coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  1. For the Brownies: Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and blend well. Add vanilla, salt, cocoa and flour. Don’t overbeat. Pour into a greased 9X13 pan.Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1 minute and drizzle with a spoon over brownies.
  3. Melt caramel bits in microwave for 1 minute and drizzle over chocolate.
  4. For the Frosting: Combine egg yolks, sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla in a large saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 minutes ( Make sure to stir consistently for at least 10 min). Add coconut and pecans. Beat until thick enough to spread. Pour over top of brownies. You may want to place in the refrigerator to harden.
  5. I drizzled some melted chocolate over the brownies and topped with pecans.

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  1. cookie

    I wonder what part about that recipe is supposed to be German, I have never seen anything like this, and I should know ;)

    1. Cheryl

      Cookie, this might help explain the name. :)

  2. Becky

    oh man! These look ridiculously good - and I'm trying to be good. You've given me quite the dilemma. :)

  3. Spencer

    How good do they look? I reckon I could eat about 50 of them in one go! Absolutely awesome.

  4. Cookin' Cowgirl

    Nikki, I LOOOOOOVVEEEEE the new look of your blog!!! It's spectacular! We all need a little face lift once in a while ;)
    Now, on to these brownies.....I'm dying here. Can you please box me up a few, or 10? or 20?
    These sound freakin' amazing!!

  5. Jen

    In the instructions you mention malted milk powder, but don't have it listed in the ingredients. ??????

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry about that. For some reason, my whopper brownie recipe showed up there. I fixed it now to just the brownie recipe :) No malted milk powder in this recipe.

    2. Shelley

      You call for "caramel bits". I have never seen this product in my area. What could I use in place of it.? Toffee bits or Brach's caramels are the two items I was thinking about.

  6. S.Brewer

    a. yummy! can't wait to try them!!!
    b. I love your fonts!! where did you get them? thanks in advance :)

  7. Katie Jane

    I do not know how to express my love for this.

  8. Rick

    How many calories?

  9. Jan

    This sounds so wonderful. Can't wait to make these.

  10. Sheree beauboeuf

    What kind of flour?

    1. Chef in Training

      I just used all purpose :)

  11. Debbie

    I also live Gernan Chocolate. What are Carmel bits?

    1. Debbie

      Love* German Chocolate.. (Sorry)

  12. wolf

    what do you mean fresh coconut flakes? the moist kind for baking? Dehydrated/unsweetened? Or fresh as in grated from a fresh coconut? Does it matter?


  13. Denise Brown

    would have been nice if I could have printed this recipe out. The only thing that would print was like 5 pages of comments!!!! I wanted to make these brownies but since you have made it inaccessible I guess I won't

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry about that. I have to switch all my old recipes to the new recipe layout and just got around to doing this one. You can print it out now :)

  14. Amy

    I received a picture of these from my husband on facebook, asking why these have not come out of our kitchen yet. LOL Made them today, very simple recipe, looks delicious, just waiting for the husband to come home and see them. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Phyllis

    This looks really good, but it's not German's Chocolate, which is a specific type and flavor of chocolate. This is semi-sweet or whatever type of chocolate chips you use. My husband wanted me to make this because he love German's Chocolate, but I will have to adjust the recipe to make it turn out right. Still, looks yummy!

  16. Donna

    what are caramel bits?? different than caramels?

  17. Joanne

    Looks delicious. Is this self rising or all purpose flour

    1. Chef in Training

      all purpose :)

  18. Frannie Garcia


    Though these have really delicious flavor, I would recommend using caramel sauce in place of the melted down caramel bits. The caramel bits turn rock hard as soon as the drizzles cool, and then you can't cut the brownies. I removed all of the frosting and put it into a sauce pan. Then I removed the slabs of hardened caramel(which pulled off all of the drizzled chocolate too) and added it to another sauce pan, adding about 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream. On very low heat, I melted down the caramel/chocolate/cream mixture and drizzled it on the brownies. I then warmed up the frosting just enough to make it spreadable and spread it on top. Also I found that I had to increase the baking time for the brownies by an additional 20 minutes. For flavor alone, I'd give these a 5-star rating.