Rich German chocolate cookies are soft and chewy chocolate cookies that are packed with sweet coconut, melty chocolate pieces, and pecans.
These cookies are the easiest way to enjoy the flavors of German chocolate cake without making a cake.
The recipe is based on the chocolate version of my chewy brown sugar chocolate chip cookies. They’re rich chocolate cookies packed with shredded coconut, pecans, and chunks of melty chocolate.
Aside from tasting great, the cookies are also really easy to make! They can be made in one bowl, and there’s no mixer required to whip up these yummy cookies.
How to make German chocolate cookies
Begin by melting the butter. Add the brown sugar, and stir in. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
Stir in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in just until combined.
Add the coconut, pecans, and chopped chocolate. Stir in just until incorporated.
Scoop 1.5 tablespoons (medium cookie scoop) onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake until set at the edges and soft in the middle.
Slightly underbaking will help to keep the cookies soft and chewy.
Tips for making perfect cookies
- Just melt the butter.
Once it is mostly melted, I remove it from the heat and whisk until completely melted. Continuing to cook the butter after it has melted can throw off the ratios and leave you with a dry cookie or a cookie that doesn’t spread.
- Be sure to measure the flour properly.
Either weigh the flour or measure properly. To measure properly, aerate the flour by stirring or sifting it. Spoon it into the measuring cup without packing and then level.
- Slightly underbake the cookies.
Bake the cookies just until the edges are set and the center are soft. This will keep the cookies soft and a little chewy.
How to store the cookies
Store the cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
More chocolate cookie recipes!
- Brownie Cookie Recipe
- Classic No Bake Cookies
- Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Turtle Cookies
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German Chocolate Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour¹
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt²
- 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 ounces semisweet or German chocolate chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan.
- Remove from heat, and stir brown sugar into melted butter.
- Let stand 5 minutes.
- Add egg and egg yolk; stir to combine.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just combined.
- Stir in coconut, pecans, and chocolate chunks.
- Using a medium cookie scoop (1.5 tablespoon), drop scoops of dough 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 8-12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are set.
- Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
- Correctly measuring the ingredients is key. I suggest either weighing the ingredients or aerating the flour (sifting or fluffing) and then scooping and leveling. Packing in too much flour will cause the cookies not to spread or to be dry and crumbly.
- Or scant 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- I recommend stirring this recipe together by hand rather than using a hand or stand mixer.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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Comments & Reviews
Dark or light brown sugar ?
Hi! Either type of brown sugar will work in this recipe.
Excellent cookie recipe! Fudgy, soft texture and delicious. The only things I would adjust would be to double the nuts, chocolate chips (I didn’t have a baking chocolate bar), and coconut!! Yummy😋
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made these cookies today and they are perfect! Definitely will be adding these to our “favourites” list. Pecans, chocolate and coconut- what’s not to love? Delicious 😋
Thank you so much!
Hello! I have everything except the coconut. Can I make it without or substitute something else? Thanks!
Hi! You can omit the coconut if you don’t have any. You could also use an additional 1/4 cup of pecans in place of the coconut if you’d like.
So much easier to make this cookie and get all the great flavor of a German chocolate cake. I love it!
Mary Jane says
This is one of my favorite cookies.
Thanks! I’m glad you like the cookies!
You get 10 thumbs up from the five of us. :) We love German chocolate cake and it was all rolled up into this cookie.
Pokemon Fan says
Debbe’ Baker says
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR OUTSTANDING & DELICIOUS RECIPES ! It’s always nice to find someone else who likes to bake as much as I do!?Debbe’ ?
You are so welcome! Thank you for your kind words! =)
Debbe’ BAKER says
SIMPLY AWESOME & DEELISH‼️?
Thank you so much!! =)
Lynae Zebest says
These are some of the best cookies I’ve made in years. I’m so thrilled to find this recipe. I was hunting for a German’s Sweet Chocolate cookie recipe that included all the same flavors as the traditional cake without a separate frosting, and sifted through quite a few duds before finding yours.
I followed your recipe almost exactly, except I also added 1/4c Heath toffee bits. Amazing!
One note: These only spread the way shown in the photos for me while my dough was a bit warm from the butter. Once the dough cooled, the cookies needed to be pre-flattened with a spatula.
Thank you so much! The toffee chips sound like a yummy addition. =) Thanks for commenting!
Laura Dembowski says
I made these cookies with carob since I’m allergic to chocolate and LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I posted about them on my blog if you have a minute to take a peek! https://piesandplots.net/german-carob-cookies/
That’s great! I’m glad you were able to make them in a way that works for you. Thanks for commenting! =)
These are delicious cookies! My whole family loves them!
Thank you! I’m so glad that the cookies were a hit! Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment! =)
Shauna Guymon says
I think I died and went to heaven. These are AMAZING!!!!!
Thank you!! I’m so glad that you liked the cookies! =) Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment!
These aren’t Keto friendly are they?
I’m not super familiar with the Keto diet, but I would guess that they have too many carbs to be Keto friendly.
Terry C. says
These sound delicious. I am wondering, would I be able to substitute the same amount of canola oil for the butter? We have some issues with dairy in our family.
Thank you! I haven’t tried using oil in these cookies, but it might work. Usually, you won’t need as much as you would butter. So, you would only need 3/4 cup oil if you were going to try it. Good luck! =)
I have used Country Crock Plant butter (olive oil) and it works just like butter
My kids gobbled these cookeis up and asked for more! Thanks for the recipe.
I’m so glad that they were a hit! Thanks for commenting! =)
My new favorite cookies! German chocolate cake is my weakness and these cookies are to die for. Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you! I love it, too. =) Glad you liked the cookies. Thank you for commenting!