German Chocolate Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies

Aw yeah. I went there.

Full confession: until a few years ago, I turned my nose up at all coconut desserts. All of them. And then one day, the angels spoke to me and I ate an Almond Joy. Boy, did I feel like an idiot. It was delicious.

Since then, I’ve come to realize how much a heap of coconut on top of a dessert can change the game. And when that heap of coconut happens to be couched in easy, gooey German chocolate frosting, so much the better.

German Chocolate Brownies

For the past few days, my family has been enjoying the benefits of Lancaster, PA. If you’ve never been there, it’s home to kiddie amusement park Dutch Wonderland, designed for kids aged three to eight or so. It’s pretty much a barrel of fun for your little crumb-crunchers. But that’s not the most exciting part.

It’s also home to Turkey Hill ice cream, and they have a museum and ice cream experience. As part of admission, you can not only create an ice cream flavor, but you can also have unlimited ice cream samples. Do you know how big those samples are? A scoop. YES. A whole scoop, my friends! Talk about heaven on earth!

German Chocolate Brownies

We recently had lunch with a family who informed us that wherever they go, they look for food factory tours, especially those involving chocolate. And I’ve been thinking about it since then. Those people are geniuses. Who wouldn’t make that part of a fun family vacation? And next time we hit Lancaster, I see that there are also pretzel factory tours. Sign. Me. Up.

While I’ve had my fill of ice cream over the past couple of days, it’s comforting to think that waiting for me at home are these brownies. I can never get my fill of brownies. Brownies are always there for me. And these are quite special.

German Chocolate Brownies

Filled with giant chocolate chunks and smothered in German chocolate frosting, these are pretty hard to resist and not difficult to make. Remember, liking German chocolate doesn’t mean making a cake every time. These brownies are a perfectly acceptable way to get your cravings taken care of without taking out the round cake pans and building layers!

German Chocolate Brownies

It’s Friday and after all the vacationing, I’m pretty much exhausted. Food factory tours will do that to you, as will kiddie amusement parks. But summer calls for all kinds of activity, not to mention indulgence. Make these brownies part of your season!


German Chocolate Brownies


1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup chocolate chunks
1/2 cup unsalted butter
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until done.
  4. While the brownies are baking, make the frosting. Melt the butter with the condensed milk and egg yolks, stirring constantly. When the mixture bubbles and begins to thicken, remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla, coconut and pecans.
  5. Allow the frosting to thicken, about 15 minutes. When the frosting is thickened, spread it over the brownies.
  6. Place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the frosting to harden a little more. They will cut more easily that way.
  7. When you're ready to serve, cut the brownies into squares. Store in the refrigerator this time of year to avoid the frosting getting too sticky or gooey on the counter.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – Ice cream factory tours are the best! It sounds like you and your family are enjoying some quality time together. I’d love to visit Amish country someday, but haven’t gotten out there yet. 🙂 Coconut desserts are wonderful especially German Chocolate. Thank you for sharing these with us. They look delicious.
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    1. Mir

      It’s really cool, Erin, and you’re not too far away. Try it!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I actually don’t like coconut at all, though I wish I did! These brownies look phenomenal! This would be a great Father’s Day treat, as my dad loves german chocolate cake. Have a wonderful weekend, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      You too, Gayle! I used to hate it, too. Maybe your taste buds will change!

  3. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    What a coincidence, I just blogged about something coconut yesterday! Your coconut frosting looks so good on the brownies, I’m tempted to buy a can of coconut to make this!
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    1. Mir

      Coconut comes in cans? I got mine in a bag! That’s so funny!

  4. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

    Oh yeah, coconut–that is one of my favorite dessert flavors! These brownies look incredible, so rich and chocolaty!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, June. They are rich. Love the giant chocolate chunks!

  5. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    Mir these sound amazing! I am with you on the coconut, it really adds a wonderful new dimension to desserts (if only I could get my husband to agree on that I’d be set). I really like the idea of german chocolate brownies for those times when you’re really not feeling like a cake!

    PS Turkey Hill makes the absolute best (in my opinion, anyway) ice cream in the world–Double Dunker! I’m not too far from their museum, I really need to visit it!
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    1. Mir

      I am going to try that this morning, Sam! We’re headed to Turkey Hill in a few minutes. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Sues

    German chocolate cake was the first kind of cake I ever made (and my first blog post!)… I haven’t made one in forever and these brownies look like the most perfect stand-in!
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    1. Mir

      Then it has special meaning for you, Sues! That’s so cool!

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Food factory tours need to be a part of my life, like now! Also oh my god I cannot believe you once didn’t like coconut desserts, but I’m glad you’ve seen the light. German chocolate anything is my fave, love these brownies! The topping looks soooo heavenly 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Yes, they do, Medha! We had so much fun. I created my own ice cream pint!

  8. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Food factory tours is totally genius! And so are these brownies! I used to be a coconut hater, but the angels spoke to me too! Your vacation sounds like a real good time and I’m totally jealous about all that ice cream. Happy Weekend, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, I actually got my fill of ice cream. That almost never happens, Rachelle!

  9. mira

    I love coconut desserts, but rarely make them! Love German Chocolate! These bars look awesome!

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! If you like them, you should make them!

  10. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    oh my gawd, Mir. . I was the SAME way with coconut. . I never liked it as a kid. . but then as an adult, ate my first Almond Joy and the rest is history! I LOVE these brownies!!! Turkey Hill ice cream sounds amazing!! I want to create my own ice cream flavor there!!! and if your summer is anything like mine, which, with the kids, sounds like it will be the same, we need all the ice cream and brownies we can get!!!! have a great weekend, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Are we separated at birth, Alice? Sometimes I think so! Have a great time with the kiddos!

  11. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    german chocolate cake is one thing BUT german chocolate brownies! YUMMMM Mir you come up with so many awesome combos! this looks awesome! 😉
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Michele! I love anything that can go into a bar!

  12. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I’ve actually never had German chocolate cake. And I lived in Germany for 6 months. I must have been too busy eating fabulous pastries and chocolate to try the cake! This looks pretty amazing, so I certainly must try it!
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    1. Mir

      I don’t know if German chocolate cake originated there or here! Or neither! Gotta look it up, Stacey!

  13. LoveCompassionateLee

    I also use to turn up my nose at coconut desserts. However, over the years I’ve come to appreciate the comfort & delight of a quality slice of german chocolate cake. I’m certain, I will indulge in this particular brownie recipe many times this year.

    Thanks & Happy Sunday, Mir

    1. Mir

      I guess it must be an acquired taste. Thanks!

  14. Harriet Emily

    I used to feel the same about coconut!!! I absolutely love it now though, my tastebuds have definitely changed. This dessert looks sooo tasty, Mir! I love brownies, but that frosting makes them even more delectable than any other kind!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Harriet Emily! Brownies are great, but FROSTED brownies…better!

  15. Erin@WellPlated

    An ice cream sample SCOOP?? Clearly I need to visit!
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    1. Mir

      As many as you want, Erin. IT’S HEAVEN.

  16. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    I love coconut and I love brownies! And I am absolutely loving these German brownies, Mir! YUMMYLICIOUS!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Anu!

  17. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I. Love. German Chocolate Frosting!! Especially on brownies!!
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    1. Mir

      Me, too. Brownies with frosting > Brownies without frosting!

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