Why? One of the rare memories I have of my mother’s home cooking was German Chocolate Cake, loaded with sweet coconut, chopped pecans, and that gooey caramel frosting holding it all together. She didn’t bake very often but this she did extremely well. So when I spotted this cookie recipe during an online search for yummy treats I was immediately drawn to it. This excellent recipe for German Chocolate Cake Cookies comes from A Dash of Sanity, a fun-to-read food blog with great photos and lots of dessert - check it out!
If you really are filling out a sweets table for a special event, add one more plate of cookies or bars of a simpler style; a pie and/or layer cake; and some fresh fruit.
You can make the cookies smaller and standardize the topping placement for a more refined presentation. Personally I like them large and rustic-looking as you see here.
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Recipe source: A Dash of Sanity
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch salt
German Chocolate Frosting
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- ½ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Optional: ¼ cup chocolate chips, melted for drizzle
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer or large bowl using a hand mixer, blend the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and blend until combined.
- Drop the dough by tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets, 12 cookies per sheet, and bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a baking rack.
German Chocolate Frosting:
- Add evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla to a large pan and place on stovetop over medium heat.
- Stir so that it becomes well combined. Continue stirring until thickened, this takes approximately 11-12 minutes. I set my time for 11 minutes and 30 seconds, this seems to work every time.
- Once thickened remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Beat until thick enough to spread.
- Spread frosting over the tops of cooled cookies.
- Optional: Drizzle with melted chocolate and let set up.