German Chocolate Cake Cookies

One of my favorite cakes is the always reliable German chocolate cake with coconut-pecan frosting. Not very creative, I know. But, what can I say? I like what I like. Unfortunately for me, coconut is most definitely not what Quinn likes.

I snuck in baking these cookies while Quinn was still enjoying our amazingly chocolate Christmas dessert. As much as he’s been enjoying it, I felt pretty sure that he wouldn’t mind. Or notice, for that matter.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies feature all the great flavors of the classic cake in cookie form!

The selling point for me is that all the components of a German chocolate cake are squeezed compactly into a cookie. It’s all there – chocolate, pecans, coconut. While they may not taste just like the cake, they are perfectly delicious on their own merit.

I love the chewiness and super chocolate-y-ness of these cookies. They are plenty rich, too. And plentiful. The recipe, which was supposed to make 3 dozen, made 5 dozen. I think I need to seek out some coconut-loving neighbors. So, if anyone’s interested, I have a few dozen of these to spare.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 60 cookies

German Chocolate Cake Cookies


  • 2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and both sugars. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.


This recipe can be made into bars by pressing the dough into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

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  1. Erin December 29, 2011 Reply

    Imagine that. I actually thought I was all “cookied” out after Christmas but these just turned my interest right back on. Back to the oven I go!

  2. As if I needed another excuse to make MORE cookies! 😉

  3. Choc Chip Uru December 30, 2011 Reply

    I love cake turned cookie – do you really want to fatten me up more after christmas :P!!!

  4. German chocolate cake is my favorite too! And I also suffer from a family who doesn’t care for coconut. More for us I guess!

  5. Lori @ RecipeGirl December 30, 2011 Reply

    I’ve always wanted to make a German Chocolate Cake. The thought of baking one intimidates me a little. I’d rather make your cookie version!

  6. Stella Lopez December 30, 2011 Reply

    just when you thought you couldn’t find anymore cookie recipes! I’m so intrigued!

  7. Ryan December 30, 2011 Reply

    Yuuuuum these look awesome! :)

  8. Bake Up, Little Suzy January 1, 2012 Reply

    I am SO making these! I buy a box of Samoas from the Girl Scouts every year to get the taste of German Chocolate Cake in cookie form. These look way better — and I can make them all year. No need to wait for GS cookie season. :)

  9. kitchen_fairy January 1, 2012 Reply

    Woow I really fell in love with your website and also with this cookie recipe! I am a big fan of chewy cookies and I tried out a few recipes! 😉 I am from Germany and I am so excited to try out this recipe!

  10. Melinda January 8, 2012 Reply

    Oh, yum! I love german chocolate cake, but I’d rather not have a whole cake lying around for me to eat.. 😛 These cookies might just be the next best thing..will definitely have to try soon! They look delicious.

  11. Pooja December 29, 2012 Reply

    I am definitely going to try these cookies soon but sans the coconut. We do not like coconut in our food! How do you think the cookies will taste without?

  12. jennifer December 29, 2012 Reply

    Pooja, they’ll be just fine without the coconut. You might add more nuts and/or chocolate chips.

  13. Pooja January 3, 2013 Reply

    Thanks, Jennifer! Will try doing that. Having tried a few recipes of yours, I am kinda sure this will be a winner too! :-)

  14. Megan December 30, 2015 Reply

    Made these using the Food Network recipe. Looks exactly the same. They turned out awesome! I used unsweetened shredded coconut and the flavor is just perfect. Will make again.

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