German Chocolate Brownies

by Erin

Brent’s favorite dessert is German chocolate cake, but mostly because of the type of frosting that goes on top. So every year for his birthday I make some sort of German chocolate dessert.

First it was the traditional cake, next it was cookies, this year was brownies! And I think it’s my favorite so far. Especially since there is SO much frosting on top and the brownies are incredible.

Thankfully the restaurant where we had dinner with friends last night allowed me to bring them. But we had to sit and stare at them on the table the entire time prior to ordering food, waiting on the food, etc. I’m surprised no one, especially myself, caved and had dessert first.

Last night was a good time however it was bittersweet because today, the day after his birthday, he is leaving for Medical Officer basic training with the National Guard in San Antonio, TX for the entire month of July. Sad face.

In other news, check out Lauren at Keep It Sweet’s bake sale to beat cancer featuring tons of great goodies including my peanut butter, banana & nutella bars! Bidding is open until midnight today!



12 oz German chocolate, broken into pieces

8 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1-1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

1 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, allowing the to overhang the sides of the pan. Coat the lined pan with vegetable spray.
  2. Melt the German chocolate, butter and cocoa powder in the microwave, about 1-3 minutes, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds. Let cool slightly.
  3. Beat the sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt together in a large bowl until combined, about 15 seconds. Beat in the chocolate mixture until smooth. Beat in the flour just until no streaks remain.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Top with the coconut pecan frosting (below) and let set completely. Grab the paper and remove the brownies from the pan. Cut into bars.



1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

1 egg and 1 egg yolk, beaten

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup flaked sweetened coconut


  1. In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla and cornstarch. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut.
  2. Spread on brownies while still warm. Allow the frosting to set completely before cutting the brownies.

Source: Adapted slightly from Journal Sentinel

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Jo June 12, 2014 - 9:39 am

Never use a full box of cornstarch & end up having to throw it out. Can I substitute 1 T flour for the 1 T cornstarch called for w/o ruining this divine-sounding recipe?

spiffycookie June 12, 2014 - 10:21 am

You can try substituting flour in the frosting but it may require more than 1 Tbsp to get the consistency right. Let me know how it turns out!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 30, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Great idea! I would pick brownies over cake any day!

spiffycookie June 30, 2011 - 10:11 pm

Me too!

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies June 30, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Those brownies are simply glorious.

spiffycookie June 30, 2011 - 10:11 pm

They really are!

Julia June 30, 2011 - 10:32 am

LOVE german chocolate cake, probably because of the frosting too! I can just imagine how divine the frosting is on moist yummy brownies!

spiffycookie June 30, 2011 - 10:43 am

Incredibly divine!

Maureen June 30, 2011 - 7:23 am

I think if I ate just one of these I would float. They look so good.

spiffycookie June 30, 2011 - 7:55 am

My PI (lab boss) had one yesterday and proclaimed “You suck!”. Gotta love it.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 29, 2011 - 10:12 pm

These look to-die-for! So glad the blog is back so I could see that fantastic photo. :)

spiffycookie June 30, 2011 - 7:55 am

Yay! Glad you stuck in there for the photo. I don’t know why it was down last night.

natalie (the sweets life) June 29, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Just bookmarked these to make sometime for my sis in law, she loves german choc!

spiffycookie June 29, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Great, she will love them!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 29, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Thanks for the bake sale link:-) I love brownies!


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