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German Chocolate Cake Cookies

If you’re a fan of the classic German Chocolate Cake but looking for a simpler and equally delicious alternative, these German Chocolate Cake Cookies are sure to satisfy your cravings. With rich chocolatey cookies and a delectable coconut-pecan frosting, this recipe offers an irresistible treat that requires less effort than baking a whole cake. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply indulging in a sweet treat, these cookies are guaranteed to bring joy to any occasion.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Why You’ll Love These German Chocolate Cake Cookies:

  • Irresistible flavors: Indulge in the rich chocolatey cookies and creamy coconut-pecan frosting that perfectly mimic the flavors of the classic German Chocolate Cake.
  • Easy to make: Enjoy the same delightful flavors without the extensive effort of baking an entire cake. These cookies are quicker and easier to make, perfect for satisfying your cravings in no time.
  • Easy to take along: Unlike a cake, these cookies are portable and easy to share. They are great for parties, gatherings, or simply enjoying as a grab-and-go treat.
  • Balancing textures: Experience the delightful combination of soft and chewy cookies paired with the crunchy and nutty texture of the coconut-pecan frosting, creating a satisfying contrast in every bite.

Ingredients You Need To Make German Chocolate Cake Cookies

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Arrowroot (substitute cornstarch)
  • Kosher salt
  • Gluten-Free flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chocolate chips
German Chocolate Cake Cookies

How To Make German Chocolate Cake Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract, and mix well after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, arrowroot (or cornstarch), salt, gluten-free flour, and cocoa powder.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well incorporated.
  6. Chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator.
  7. Portion out the dough onto the prepared parchment-lined sheets, spacing them apart.
  8. Bake the cookies until set around the edges but slightly soft in the center.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool before transferring them to a wire rack.

Ingredients You Need To Make Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  • Evaporated milk
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg yolks
  • Pecans
  • Coconut flakes

How To Make Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  1. Combine the egg yolks, butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a stockpot.
  2. Heat the mixture, stirring continuously until it thickens.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Set the frosting aside to cool. Once cooled, fold in the chopped pecans and coconut flakes.
  5. Spread the coconut-pecan frosting on top of each cookie once they have cooled completely.
German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Are german chocolate cake cookies dairy free and gluten free?

This recipe includes butter and evaporated milk, which are dairy products. However, it is possible to make dairy-free and gluten-free versions of these cookies by using suitable substitutions for the ingredients.

Here would be a possible adjusted ingredient list:

  • Dairy-free butter or margarine
  • Sugar
  • Eggs (or suitable egg replacement for a vegan option)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Arrowroot (or cornstarch)
  • Kosher salt
  • Gluten-free flour blend
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips

Commonly Asked Questions

Can you taste the chocolate in german chocolate cookies?

Absolutely! The German Chocolate Cake Cookies are infused with rich chocolate flavor. The combination of unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the recipe ensures that the cookies have a distinct chocolate taste.

The cocoa powder contributes a deep chocolatey essence, while the chocolate chips provide bursts of melted chocolate throughout the cookies. This combination creates a delightful chocolate experience, making the cookies a treat for chocolate lovers. So, if you enjoy the taste of chocolate, these cookies are sure to satisfy your cravings.

How do you store these cookies?

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies have a tendency to stay soft and chewy even after a day or two, thanks to the moisture-retaining ingredients like butter and sugar. Properly storing them in an airtight container helps maintain their texture and freshness. However, it’s worth noting that the coconut-pecan frosting may become slightly softer over time due to the moisture from the cookies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies offer the same irresistible flavors as the classic cake but with less effort and more portability.

The rich and chocolatey cookies paired with the creamy coconut-pecan frosting create a harmonious balance of flavors and textures.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat, these cookies are guaranteed to bring joy to your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

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German Chocolate Cake Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies are easy and delicious. This is just as tasty as the cake but less work. Cookies are a fun treat to serve at your parties and life’s celebrations.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 dozen cookies


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stock Pot
  • Oven
  • Whisk
  • Cookie sheets


Ingredients: Cookies

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp arrowroot sub cornstarch
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups Gluten Free 1.1 flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chip’s

Ingredients: Frosting

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups pecans chopped
  • 1 cup coconut flakes.



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add the sugar and butter to a mixing bowl and mix for 5
  • Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla extract.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  • Place in the fridge for 1 hr.
  • Remove and scoop equal size cookies onto the
parchment paper.
  • I used a 1 1/2 tbsp scoop. Space 2″ apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool on the pan.


  • In a pot add the egg yolks, butter, sugar, and milk.
  • Place over med/low heat, continually stirring.
  • After a few minutes the sauce will start
to thicken.
  • Once it starts to get thick and bubble, stir in the
  • Pull and set aside to cool. Once cooled add the pecans and
coconut. Top the cookies. Enjoy!
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