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German Chocolate Cookies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
November 11th, 2015
5 from 18 votes
5 from 18 votes

German Chocolate Cookies feature a homemade ultra soft, chewy, and gooey double chocolate cookie loaded with a flavorful coconut pecan topping. Amazing!

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Ultra chocolaty with that perfect combination of tropical coconut and nutty, earthy pecans.
Texture: The cookies are ridiculously soft yet chewy and loaded with melty chocolate chips. Top that with the super gooey yet crunchy coconut topping and each bite is pure bliss.
Ease: A few more steps involved than your typical cookie recipe but so worth it! The topping may seem weird at first but just follow the directions and you’ll be good.
Appearance: Taking the extra time to drizzle melted chocolate over these really does elevate them to a new level, especially because the topping looks kinda strange on its own.
Pros: Super fun and flavorful twist on a cookie.
Cons: None, except maybe that I preferred these cookies on the first day they were made.
Would I make this again? Mmmhmmm.

German Chocolate Cookies feature a homemade ultra soft, chewy, gooey double chocolate cookie loaded with a flavorful coconut pecan topping. Amazing!
I’ve seen German Chocolate Cookies a few times on Facebook. Each time I saw a recipe I made a mental note to add it to my “to bake” list.

Unfortunately most of the recipes I kept seeing involved cake mix. Now, I have nothing against cake mix on a moral level. Sometimes you just gotta take a shortcut.
German Chocolate Cookies feature a homemade ultra soft, chewy, gooey double chocolate cookie loaded with a flavorful coconut pecan topping. Amazing!
BUT on a pure food level, I almost never use the stuff. If you couldn’t already tell, I’m all about homemade from scratch goodies whenever possible. They just taste better! And if you only eat special treats when you can make them from scratch, it’s pretty hard to overdo it. Unless you’re like me and you bake things for a living. Let’s not get into that right now…

German Chocolate Cookies feature a homemade ultra soft, chewy, gooey double chocolate cookie loaded with a flavorful coconut pecan topping. Amazing!

This recipe takes cookies to a whole new level. I’ve had way too many sickeningly sweet yet bland cookies in my life. What a waste of calories. That’s why I love these German Chocolate Cookies. They’re rich and pack a huge flavor punch so they’re incredibly satisfying. And if you’re a huge chocoholic like me you’ll adore them! Plus, as a total cookie queen, you know I got you covered with a solid recipe.
German Chocolate Cookies feature a homemade ultra soft, chewy, gooey double chocolate cookie loaded with a flavorful coconut pecan topping. Amazing!

5 from 18 votes

How to make
German Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
German Chocolate Cookies feature a homemade ultra soft, chewy, and gooey double chocolate cookie loaded with a flavorful coconut pecan topping. Amazing!


For the cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cups (5.6 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 heaping cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted


For the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยฐF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat until combined. On low speed gradually add the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
  4. Using a medium spring-loaded cookie scoop, drop the dough by 1 1/2 tablespoon rounds onto the prepared baking sheets
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

For the topping:

  1. In a small saucepan set over medium heat combine the milk, sugar, egg yolk, and butter. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, coconut, and pecans. Let cool until thick enough to spread on top of the cooled cookies.
  2. Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the cookies. Let everything set for at least 15 minutes before serving. Cookies are best served the day they're made.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Alexia — November 28, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Excellent flavor and a big hit with everyone (that likes coconut)!

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    Susie — November 14, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Cookie calls for 1 stick of butter but then states 4 ounces. Can you confirm which is right, please?

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      Emily — November 15, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Susie! 1 stick of butter = 4 ounces, or 113 grams. We included the measurements for this recipe in weight as well as volume. I hope that helps!

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        Susie — November 18, 2021 at 7:13 pm

        Wow! Must have been a long day but I was thinking Tablespoons not Ounces! Thanks for the great recipes!

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          Emily — November 19, 2021 at 12:20 pm

          haha no problem ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for you to enjoy these cookies!

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    Elaine — November 5, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Iโ€™m also from Phoenix! I made these for the person I work for, he likes German Chocolate Cake so I thought why not make him cookies and they were a hit.

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      Emily — November 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      So happy to hear that, Elaine!

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    Collette Ricks — October 28, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Do you have the ingredients list with grams?

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      Haley Wehner — October 29, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      We don’t just yet, but we’re actively working to update all the older recipes on the site with gram measurements! Our Ingredient Measuring Guide might come in handy here to get the accurate weights:

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    Trisha Rodriguez — June 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I took a chance on these for my daughters wedding and they were fantastic! They froze and thawed really well for transport. The only thing I did different was added flour because Iโ€™m at altitude and the first batch wasnโ€™t as thick as Iโ€™d like. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Tessa — June 30, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Perfect, I’m glad you were able to tweak the recipe to work where you live! I’m honored you chose to use my recipe for your daughter’s wedding! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Meg — June 16, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Hi! What does 2 sticks of butter equals to in cups? Also what does 8 tablespoons of butter equal to in cups

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      Tessa — June 17, 2021 at 8:53 am

      On the butter wrapper, it shows how much ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 sticks = 1 cup. If you’re looking to switch out the butter in this recipe, I wouldn’t recommend it!

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    Rebecca — March 13, 2021 at 5:24 am

    I’ve made these and brought them to work everyone was raving about them , I don’t eat cookies I just enjoy baking and sharing and now that I’ve made these that are a fantastic and a favorite forsure. Thanks for the perfect recipe.

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      Tessa — March 15, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      So glad these cookies were a hit!

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    Diana — December 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I was my hardest cookie I have ever made, and frankly, I think it was the fact that I was not patient enough with it. I wanted to get it done ASAP as part of my Bakemas series. It was delicious but next time I will definitely take my time and I’m sure it will come out more delicious!

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    Samantha — October 13, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I was wondering how many cups of butter do I need to make to cookie batter?

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    Sharon Ochoa — August 20, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Everyone said it tasted like German Chocolate Cake and was easy to make .. Thanks for the recipe ! S. Ochoa

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    Crick — April 8, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    So very good, and I forgot the chocolate chips. Stored in the fridge and they were even better a couple of days later! I’m a cookie snob but this recipe made my filecrick!

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    Julie — February 16, 2020 at 8:45 am

    This is an outstanding recipe! I always double the recipe.

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    fran — January 28, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    iโ€™ve actually decided to make these cookies and so i could travel with them, decided to make them a sandwich cookie with the pecan coconut topping as a filling instead. iโ€™ll let you know how they turn out

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      Tessa — January 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Fun idea!

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