German Chocolate Brownies

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Fudgy, chocolate chunk brownies are filled with a generous helping of coconut and pecans, and topped with homemade, from-scratch coconut-pecan frosting!

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I spent the entirety of Sunday on the couch. I never left the house. I watched hours of football in-between blogging and shopping online. But can we talk about these gold glitter Valentino knockoffs?? I have to own them, of course. I wonder if I collected all of the items around my house that are adorned with gold glitter, and weighed the glitter, how much would it weigh? Glitter doesn’t weigh a lot though.. so how much volume would it take up?

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Anyway, barely left the couch. And there is more football to be had tonight – yes!!! I found it taxing to put a DiGiorno in the oven. I made excuse after excuse for why washing dishes and folding laundry can wait. However, blogging tasks always trump household tasks. I can justify getting blogging stuff done as the reason why the dishes and laundry aren’t. As a result of my household chore procrastination, I have had to use knives as forks and spoons because I still won’t do the dishes, however, I have been able to post a recipe almost every day this week. #win

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I do this thing where I work very far ahead making recipes and taking photos so that I won’t get behind. But being so far ahead makes me panic about how many recipes I have to post, that I end up actually feeling even more behind. It’s so illogical, but it’s just the way my crazy brain works. Does it even make sense? Yep, I’ll shutup.

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Are these German Chocolate Brownies out of the blue? Are they ‘fallish’ enough to share this time of year? Either way, we’re going to make it work. These are ridiculously fudgy brownies that are chock-full of tasty add-ins like coconut, pecans, and chocolate that gets all melty and wonderful. They’re topped with a sweet and gooey coconut-pecan frosting that is trademark to German Chocolate desserts. It’s a frosting that you want to eat with a spoon all by itself, or dunk any kind of dunkable object into.

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Say you have a 4 -1/2 pound tub of animal crackers that someone (cough, S.O. did it) bought from Sam’s Club and you think they might look pretty enticing with coconut-pecan frosting slathered all over them. Well, you’d be right. But almost anything would be delicious with this amazing frosting on top. It goes particularly well with super fudgy brownies though, like these simple and awesome German Chocolate Brownies.

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German Chocolate Brownies
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Fudgy, chocolate chunk brownies with a generous layer of coconut-pecan frosting!
Recipe type: Dessert - brownies
Serves: 24 bars
  • 1 box brownie mix with chocolate chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ c. vegetable oil
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • ½ c. shredded coconut
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 - 5 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1⅓ c. shredded coconut
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
For brownies:
  1. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, egg, vegetable oil, water, and coconut extract.
  2. Stir until just smooth.
  3. Fold in coconut and pecans.
  4. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack while preparing the frosting.
For frosting:
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and egg yolks.
  2. Cook, stirring consistently, until very bubbly and thickened, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Stir in coconut and pecans.
  4. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, and spread frosting evenly over the brownies.
  6. Cool completely. Slice and serve. Store brownies in the refrigerator.

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Alright, I bought the animal crackers.


  1. says

    Ooh this brings back memories! German Chocolate Cake is my Dad’s favorite and he always requested it for his birthday. These brownies look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    These look AMAZING!! Definitely need to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x


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