The Best German Chocolate Brownies

If my Turtle Brownies and Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies had a baby, this is what it would look like.

The Best German Chocolate Brownies - Rich, ultra fudgy brownies topped with the best German chocolate frosting!! Sinfully delicious! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's an automatic hit with everyone!!

Dense, rich, ultra fudgy brownies topped with a coconut and pecan frosting that’s sweet and full of texture from shredded coconut and pecans.

I’m not sure why the ‘frosting’ on German chocolate cakes or brownies is called frosting when it’s more like a topping, but I’m not about to question the name of something that tastes so good.

The Best German Chocolate Brownies - Rich, ultra fudgy brownies topped with the best German chocolate frosting!! Sinfully delicious! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's an automatic hit with everyone!!

I used chopped Fisher Pecans in the topping. Fisher Nuts is the only national brand of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives making them an excellent choice for baking.

The brownies would be a wonderful treat for any mom you’d like to celebrate on Mother’s Day. Check out these Fisher recipes created by celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli.

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The brownies are an easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that’s as fast as using a boxed mix and they turn out fudgy with zero cakiness.

It’s a brownie base I’ve fallen in love with because it’s easy and always delivers amazing results. Many of the Related Recipes below use the same base.

The Best German Chocolate Brownies - Rich, ultra fudgy brownies topped with the best German chocolate frosting!! Sinfully delicious! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's an automatic hit with everyone!!

The frosting takes less than 10 minutes to make.

The hardest part is whisking it continuously but I just considered that a mini arm workout before diving into these decadent brownies that are the best German chocolate brownies I’ve ever had.

The Best German Chocolate Brownies - Rich, ultra fudgy brownies topped with the best German chocolate frosting!! Sinfully delicious! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's an automatic hit with everyone!!

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The Best German Chocolate Brownies

Dense, rich, fudgy brownies topped with a coconut and pecan frosting that's sweet and full of texture from shredded coconut and pecans. The brownies are an easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that's as fast as using a boxed mix and they turn out fudgy with zero cakiness. The frosting takes less than 10 minutes to make and tastes so good on top of these decadent brownies that are the best German chocolate brownies I've ever had.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 22 minutes

Total Time: about 90 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe's 72% Pound Plus Bar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (leftover or cold coffee is okay), optional but recommended
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Topping/Frosting 

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) full-fat evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened and quartered
  • 2 large egg yolks (discard whites or save for another use)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped Fisher Pecans, lightly toasted if desired

Directions:

  1. Brownies - Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang and spray with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. To a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, chocolate, and heat on high power to melt, about 2 minutes. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute. Heat in 15-second increments until chocolate has melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. Allow mixture to cool momentarily before adding the eggs so they don't scramble.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, optional coffee, optional espresso granules (neither make brownies taste like coffee and both enhance and round out the chocolate flavor), and whisk vigorously to combine.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and stir until smooth and combined without overmixing.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula as necessary.
  6. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until center has just set and is no longer glossy. A toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow brownies to cool in pan on top of a wire rack while you make the topping.
  7. Topping/Frosting - To a medium saucepan, add the evaporated milk, butter, egg yolks, brown sugar, salt, and heat over medium-low to low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until mixture has thickened. Whisk constantly or there's a high likelihood you'll end up with scrambled eggs in the bottom of your saucepan. The mixture should be boiling gently while whisking.
  8. Remove pan from the heat, add the vanilla, and whisk to combine using caution because the mixture could bubble up.
  9. Add the coconut, pecans, and stir to combine. Allow topping to cool in pan for about 5 minutes.
  10. Turn topping out over brownies, using a spatula to spread it as necessary.
  11. Allow brownies to cool uncovered for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. I prefer to cover the brownies with foil and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight because they're much easier to slice when chilled and I prefer the taste when chilled. Brownies will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I store them in the fridge.

Adapted from The Best Turtle Brownies and Allrecipes

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29 comments

  1. That brownie base is probably the best thing to ever happen to brownies. And no, it’s not frosting. But who are we to fix what ain’t broke, ya know?

  2. Is it cheating to just make the frosting and eat it out of a bowl???   I’m not a huge fan of traditional frosting but I LOVE this kind of topping.  I suppose it’s best to have a base to put it on.  :)

  3. I would inhale the entire pan of these! That frosting. Holy cow! And I just made a topped brownie for Sunday, but it’s got a different flavor profile. #twinsies :)

  4. I mean….!!!! WOW. I could literally sink my teeth into a whole stack of these right now, they look SO good! pinned :)

  5. These look awesome! I love German chocolate cake because of that yummy frosting/topping! I love a sohisticated brownie–when I was a kid they were usually either plain or frosted. So many fun ways to change them up now that I’m old(er)😊

  6. These look amazing! They are cut so perfectly. I love using a tiny bit of coffee in chocolate desserts. I can’t wait to make these!

  7. I could eat German Chocolate Cake frosting with a spoon, no cake needed! LOVE it! These brownies look incredible! Your squares are always so perfect! Pinned! 

  8. oh yummy! This looks so good! I know my Mom would love these!

  9. Made these yesterday for my dad as he LOVES german chocolate cake and he said they beat any cake he has ever had! I love the versatile brownie base-SO much better than boxed (he could immediately tell it was homemade) and super versatile! I’m interested to see what other things you can do with the base (oreos, cheesecake or my favorite PB!!) and look forward to more brownie creations :) 

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and glad it came out great for you! And yes the base is super versatile! Many of the ‘Related Recipes’ use that base. Glad your dad was impressed!

  10. Oh wow, that frosting! And the brownies look so rich. These look delicious, Averie!

  11. LOVE THIS! I’m so glad your brownie base uses chocolate instead of a cocoa powder/sugar mixture. Real chocolate makes a world of difference when making brownies! I’ll definitely give these a go!! 
    -Claire
    tallgirlbigworld.com

    • I am so with you on the brownie bases that use cocoa powder. Everything says they’re just as good and while I have tried it once and think it’s decent, NOTHING beats real chocolate and butter and sugar :)

  12. Dear Averie,
    These brownies look amazing! I love how the frosting only takes ten minutes to make. I was surprised that you did not need a mixer to make the brownies. I have not found many recipes where you do not need a mixer. I did not know before reading your blog post that there is a type of pecans that do have any preservatives. I will have to try those out. Would you make these brownies again? Do you have any tips on making the topping? Maybe I will have to try making these brownies for Mother’s Day.
    Sincerely,
    Lauren

  13. Nice one.. Hey,what the importance of picking unsalted butter??

    • So you can control the salt level since all brands of ‘salted butter’ vary widely in the amount of salt used and you have no idea what that amount is.

  14. German chocolate cake is amazing! I never thought about making brownies!! Yum!

  15. These brownies were so delicious. I’ve made 4 batches in one week all for different people but it was hard to let them go lol!! I am in love with them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. Going to make these this weekend, last time I made this brownie recipe (for the mounds bars brownies) I used chocolate chips, but I have the TJ’s chocolate bar now, are a certain amount of squares 6 oz? Or do you just measure after you chop it up? I feel when I do that, I have a lot of empty space in my measuring cup – I could chop smaller? I just don’t want to miss any chocolate :) Thanks!

    • The one thing about the TJ’s bars is they’re not an ‘easy’ size, i.e. 1 square = 1 ounce, no not like that. I use a food scale that was about 9.99 on Amazon and although I am not a baker who tends to measure my ingredients by weight, with chopped chocolate it’s invaluable because you really can’t go by how the measuring cup looks because you could way over/under estimate it that way. Get a food scale and you’ll be so happy!

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