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German Chocolate Cookies

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German chocolate cake (named for the brand of chocolate that's commonly used, not because it has anything to do with Germany) is one of my all time favorites. With it's decadent caramel/coconut/pecan icing on top of rich, moist cake, there's really no downside to this awesome desert. As delicious as it is in cake format though, there's nothing that can't be even more yummy when cookie-fied.
 
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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For the Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Large pinch salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
For the Icing
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Splash of vanilla extract

Hardware
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer or spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cookie scoop
  • Cookie sheets (lined with parchment)

Step 3: The Cookie Will Crumble

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and stir until well blended
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips
  5. Scoop balls of dough onto cookie sheets
  6. Make small depressions in the tops of the balls of dough and fill with coconut/pecan frosting
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  8. Allow to cool slightly before transferring
  9. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk
abbyr2 years ago
they look like poop but they're probably amazing
shesparticular (author)  abbyr2 years ago
I promise they're a million times more delicious than they look :)
What a great idea! My husband and son love GCC and cookies. I'll make these and score some mom-points.
shesparticular (author)  CatTrampoline2 years ago
I hope you enjoy them!
Oh yes. These look beyond delicious.
shesparticular (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy them if you give them a try!
Phil B2 years ago
Your cookies look great. Thank you for explaining about the word 'German.' Every time I am at a potluck and people are supposed to bring something 'German,' someone always brings German chocolate cake. I like it, but I cringe because they do not realize it has no connection with Germany.
shesparticular (author)  Phil B2 years ago
Thanks so much - they're really delicious! It's a shame that people automatically think of German Chocolate Cake (instead of something that's actually German), especially considering how many totally amazing German foods there are.
I'm not a fan of coconut and pecans, but those sure look good!
They might be tasty enough to change your mind :)