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German Chocolate Brownies

Even as a young girl, I was always going through recipe books in search of something new to make. That's how I came across these brownies, a favorite for our family reunions and other get-togethers. They capture the rich flavor of a favorite cake with a few easy steps. Broiling the sweet coconut topping makes it goey and good. —Karen Grimes, Stephens City, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake).
  • For topping, combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add coconut, pecans, corn syrup and milk; mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto warm brownies; spread evenly.
  • Broil 6 in. from heat 2-4 minutes or until top is browned and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 247 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • meaganteal
    Oct 12, 2016

    made these for work--they were a hit!!! was asked for the recipe by everyone.

  • MOTCook
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  • TLPA
    Apr 3, 2014

    These are so good! I agree with others that the brownie part is a little on the dry side (I cooked for only 15 mins exactly) but that's doesn't bother me much, they are more cakey than fudgey, but I might try just putting the topping on my usual brownie recipe next time though because I don't have to buy German chocolate for that either.

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    Aug 14, 2013

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    Aug 5, 2013

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    Mar 29, 2013

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  • Marie_G
    Dec 15, 2012

    Very quick and easy to make. The taste is awesome. Perfect as a gift during the holiday season.

  • jordie89
    Jul 6, 2010

    I agree, the flavor of these is wonderful but the brownie turned out pretty dry. I think next time I will underbake them before I add the topping, so when I put them back in to broil they won't overcook and dry out. I'm pretty sure thats what happened because it took much longer than 5 minutes on broil for my topping to cook right. Still the flavor was amazing, and I ate them with vanilla ice cream to counter-act the dryness of the brownie!

  • lisa53202
    Dec 14, 2009

    These are good. My only complaint is that I would prefer the base to be a little more moist.

  • kcrowe02
    Mar 12, 2009

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