German Chocolate Cookies

I have been anxiously awaiting to share this recipe with you!

First, I really need to thank you all for your patience with me as I endured some serious morning sickness for nearly half of my pregnancy. Being so sick sure made cooking and baking really difficult. Luckily, I seem to be better… knock on wood. Have I announced to you its a BOY?! We are so excited! Our oldest is a girl, Avrie, and I am now excited to have two of the same gender in a row. Our little Jace needs a little brother around the house :)  Since I am finally feeling myself-ish again, you can expect to see more recipes on the blog again! woot!

Okay, back to today’s recipe… German Chocolate Cookies. They are German Chocolate Cake in cookie form… which means these cookies are insanely delicious!

They begin with a soft and chewy German Chocolate Cake Mix cookie and are topped with Coconut Pecan Frosting and then drizzled with chocolate! Is your mouthwatering yet?! It should be, just take a look at these beauties….

German Chocolate Cookies from ...These cookies are seriously SO GOOD! A must try recipe!

German Chocolate Cookies

A delicious and unique cookie that will be a family favorite
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 234kcal


  • 2 boxes chocolate cake mix dry
  • 4 eggs
  • 10 Tablespoons butter melted

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 ounces melted chocolate for drizzle


  • Combine cake mix, eggs and melted butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until well mixed. Batter should be sticky and thick.
  • Roll into one inch balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet, 12 balls to a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes. DO NOT overcook these cookies. Place on wired wrack to cool and let them cool completely.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • Add evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla to a large pan and place on stovetop over medium heat. Stir to evenly combine and continue stirring until thickened (takes about 12 minutes).
  • Once thickened remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Beat until thick enough to spread.
  • Spread frosting over the tops of cooled cookies.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate and let set up.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Anna

    First of all: Congrats :) A boy is great. If our situation was any better we would try for a second child as well.

    Second, and this is the not so good part :D Sorry :D
    As a German I have to say: Those don't sound German at all :D We would not use Cocounut and Pecan for anything really. You have to be really lucky to even guy Pecans anywhere in Germany. Most stores around us don't sell them. Its sad :/ I love them after 3 years in America. I substitute with Walnuts, but its just not the same.

    It still is a good recipe :D I would just not put the Frosting on top.
    Btw I love your blog. Will follow on Pintrest and Facebook :)

    1. Krystal

      German chocolate cake gets its name from a man who invented it whose name was German, not because the recipe comes from Germany :-)

    2. Michele

      German Chocolate Cake isn't supposed to be German in origin, it was actually invented by a guy whose last name was German, so that should explain the recipe not being a traditional German one :)

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Nikki, I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! And Happy New Year to you! I love these cookies. German chocolate cake will always make me weak at the knees. So good!

  3. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    I will be trying these out for sure! My family loves German chocolate cake and I know they would enjoy these.

  4. Deborah

    Oooh, I know my mouth is watering! German Chocolate cake is one of my favorites - I must try these cookies!!

  5. Patt



  6. Nancy Long

    congrats on the boy - I had 7 wonderful sons, but never lucky enough to have a girl, but did end up with wonderful dil's and granddaughters. and oh yeah, my adorable great-granddaughter! Hubby's fav cake is German chocolate, so just imagine how he will feel about these cookies

  7. Emily @ Life on Food

    Chocolate, pecans, coconut! Yes, please. I am glad you are feeling better and can share such good sweet treats with us.

  8. Lou

    How many cookies does this recipe make? Thanks!

  9. Kelly O.

    Does the icing stay gooey? or does it set up hard like a chewy candy?
    they look delish!

  10. Carolee

    These cookies look so delicious..

  11. Donna Andrews

    To gooey to roll into balls. They never set up into a firm cookie.

  12. Madison

    When these set up, are they stackable?

  13. Joan Henninger

    I finally got this recipe to turn out, but ruined the first 16 cookies.
    First of all, 8 minutes are not long enough. They were doughy and fell apart. I baked the next ones 10 to 12 minutes.
    I also refrigerated the dough. It is so much easier to roll them into balls. When I make Chocolate Crinkles, I do this.
    I can't believe that more people didn't have problems.

    1. erinn

      I definately agree with 10-12 minutes. I had the same problem, but once i baked them a little longer, they were delicious :)

  14. Casey

    I would love to make these for teacher gifts this year. Is the icing pretty messy after they are finished? Thanks!


    German chocolate is my wife's favorite cake. They look
    Yummy..going to have to make some this Thanksgiving

  16. erinn

    I say to bake them 10-12 minutes. They were a little too gooey at 8 minutes, but once i baked them a little longer, they were delicious :)

  17. Jane


    I'm not sure what melted chocolate candy coating is! Can you just melt choc chips?

  18. Christina R

    Haven't been able to find German Chocolate Cake mix in Canada anywhere. Is it possible to use just a chocolate cake mix in place? Or are there different/special flavours in the German Cake mix that will be missing?

    Thanks :)

    1. Chef in Training

      any chocolate cake mix will do :)

  19. Sandra

    I wish this didn't use a cake mix! They sound delicious but I only cook from scratch.

  20. Nancy

    These are awesome!! The cookie is chewy and really, let's face it all we really want is a vehicle to get that delicious frosting in our mouths. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Janet Hoyer


    Hi a #1 fan, congratulations on new baby, love your recipes and thanks for taking the time to post them.

  22. Renee

    How many cookies do you yield ?

  23. Diana Banks

    How many cookies does it make?

  24. Holly Harrington


    I absolutely LOVE this recipe and have made it more than any other cookie. Awesome, very easy, recie. I often use devils food and german chocolate together just for a more chocolaty flavor. Excellent! Thank you for posting this!!

  25. Sherri Kay-Bishop

    They look mouth watering. Will have to give them a try. Thanks for the post.

  26. Roxie

    Hi Nikki, your German Chocolate sheet cake was a winner yesterday. Thank you! So today got an encore request to make your cookies :-) How much do your boxes of cake mix weigh? The ones I found in the store today varied from 21 oz - 15.25 oz per box. Doubled, that makes a huge difference to the recipe.

  27. Dorothy

    Salted or unsalted butter?

  28. Vanessa Lanoux-Magette


    Fabulous cookie recipe - the best!