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German Chocolate Cake Brownies

I’m  a big fan of anything German chocolate, just like the rest of my family.  So when I saw this recipe for German Chocolate Brownies, I knew that I’d have to try it eventually.  I had a sweet tooth craving the other night, and decided to make a small batch of these.  I also wanted to see how they lived up to their German chocolate name.  To my delight, they definitely did!  These start off as basic brownies, and then you add the traditional coconut-pecan topping, and place it under the broiler until it browns slightly.  The brownies themselves were good.  They were sweet, but not overly so, which was  a good thing because the topping is very sweet.  I loved this recipe because sometimes I want to have the flavor of a cake, but don’t want to make an entire layer cake.  It’s also a good dessert to take to a place where an entire layer cake isn’t practical.  Who wouldn’t want a German chocolate dessert to just pick up in your hand?

If you like German Chocolate, check out these other desserts:

German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Pie
German Chocolate Ice Cream

German Chocolate Cake Brownies
Source: Baking Bites

Note: I cut the recipe in half and baked them in two 4.5-inch springform pans.

1/2 cup butter
3 ounces semisweet chocolate or German sweet chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
1/2 cup chopped, toasted and salted pecans
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt together the butter and the chocolate. Stir until smooth and then allow to cool for several minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl with sugar. Beat in vanilla extract and then add the eggs one at a time.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and stir until everything is just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with very moist crumbs, not just batter, attached.

While the brownies bake, prepare the topping. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. When brownies are done, gently spread the topping over the brownies, adding it in dollops to cover the whole surface evenly.
Place pan under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, until topping has lightly browned. Watch closely so that it does not burn.

Cool completely before slicing. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 20 brownies.

5 Responses

  1. Oh yummy! I will have to add this to my growing list of brownie recipes to try.

  2. I don’t like nuts, but I could definitely make this without them. YUMMY!! Thanks for posting such a great recipe.

  3. Since german chocolate is one of my all time favorite cakes, I know I would love these!

  4. I also love anything German Chocolate. These look fabulous.

  5. Perfect. Just like you I love anything German chocolate, but making the whole layered cake is often just too much. These brownies look and sound like a perfect alternative.

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