German Chocolate Brownies


Be sure to have plenty of milk on hand for these rich delights.



  • 8 ounces sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs

Heat oven to 350ºF.  Grease rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.  In a medium size, microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate and butter with medium low power in microwave for 1 minute, then 30 second intervels until chocolate is melted.  Remove from microwave and stir in remaining ingredients.

Spread batter in pan.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.  Frost with Coconut-Pecan Frosting.  Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.  Yields 32 brownies.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Cook sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and egg yolk in 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat about 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.  Stir in coconut and pecans.  Refrigerate about 1 hour or until spreadable.

  • Jill! Lovely recipe! But what does it make it German?

    I have to confess that Coconut-pecan frosting sounds sublime!

    Gabi @ mamaliga.

  • Susan

    Hi! Well, I thought it was because my mimaw said it was because she was German and and this was her favorite cake. I probable asked her that question and it seemed like a reasonable answer I can be gulible (but I was probable 5 yrs old). I hope Jill doesn’t mind but this is what I found: But it has an interesting history. And considering I was born in 1957 it fits.

    A recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” first appeared in a Dallas, Texas newspaper in 1957.That it was sent in by a Dallas homemaker is all we know….. (maybe it was Mimaw!)

    According to Patricia Riso, a spokeswomen for Kraft foods . It used a brand of chocolate bar called “German’s” which had been developed
    in 1852, by an Englishman named Sam German, for Baker’s Chocolate Company.

    The cake had an immediate and enthusiastic response, and requests about where to find the German’s chocolate bar were so numerous that General Foods (who owned Baker’s Chocolate) decided to send pictures of the cake to newspapers all around the country.Everywhere the recipe had the same response and the sales for the chocolate exploded.

    Now the cake is a regular item in bakeries across the country, and
    a mix is on the grocery shelves also. It was my favorite cake when I was
    growing up and I requested it for my birthday every year.

    The cake most likely didn’t originate from this Dallas housewife.
    Buttermilk chocolate cakes have been popular in the south for
    over 70 years, and Pecans are plentiful in the area also, to
    make the nice frosting. German’s chocolate is similar to a milk
    chocolate and sweeter than regular baking chocolate.

    Again Jill hope you don’t mind….I just couldn’t resist. Susan

  • You did a GREAT job, Susan, and no, I don’t mind at all!

    I’ve read that same article. AND my MEMAW made German Chocolate Cake for MY BIRTHDAY TOO!!!!
    I have pictures of me at 9 years old through 30 years old behind my Memaw’s German Chocolate Cake.

    Baker’s makes a German Chocolate. I’ve never used it and it didn’t occur to me to buy it for these brownies. I already had semi-sweet blocks on hand and went with them.

    Let me say this out loud; I want to encourage everyone that reads Simple Daily Recipes to put in what they know. I am NOT an encyclopedia of knowledge. I Google & research like the next person. So please, please, talk to each other, let’s always be ready to help one another.

  • Jill, did you realize I’m trying to diet?! Or do you remember that German Chocolate Cake is my to-die-for favorite thing in the world? Sigh…off to the kitchen.

  • Oh Francie, just take an extra lap around the block and enjoy yourself.

    I’m completely convinced that the ONLY reason we have fat butts is because we don’t burn it off regularly. We could eat anything we wanted if we just walked it after we ate it.

  • I love it. German chocolate cake only easier with brownies. Coconut pecan frosting is an all time favorite of mine.

    • Oh yea, Martha! All you need is a glass of milk on the side and you’re set!