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Chewy German Chocolate Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


4 dozen

When I want a cookie that's as chewy as a brownie, this is the recipe I reach for. Coffee granules add the right amount of mocha flavor. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
Chewy German Chocolate Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 12 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 48 pecan halves
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350° In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Stir in coffee granules; cool and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and lemon-colored. Beat in cooled chocolate and the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture and mix well. Stir in chopped pecans.
  3. Working quickly, drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Place a pecan half in the center of each. Bake until cookies are set, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 98 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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