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Gooey & Decadent German Chocolate Cookies

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Crafted with the convenience of cake mix and pudding mix, these German Chocolate Cookies boast a soft, chewy texture that melts in your mouth with every bite. But the true star lies atop – a generous dollop of pre-made Coconut Pecan frosting, adding a rich, nutty sweetness that perfectly complements the chocolatey base. For the ultimate flourish, a delicate drizzle of melted chocolate crowns each cookie, elevating them to irresistible heights of temptation. Treat yourself to the irresistible allure of these German Chocolate cookies, a harmonious symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more.

German Chocolate Cookies with coconut pecan frosting and drizzled with chocolate.

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Why You’ll Love These German Chocolate Cookies

Imagine diving into the most delicious cookies that bring together the richness of chocolate chips, the gooeyness of melted chocolate, and the exotic sweetness of coconut pecan frosting. That’s exactly what German chocolate cookies offer.

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They marry the chewy delight of chewy chocolate cookies with the complex flavors of your favorite cake in a delightful cookie form. Whether you’re longing for a big slice of German chocolate cake or a decadent dessert that will stand out on the dessert table, these cookies encapsulate all that and more in just one bite.

Perfect for cookie exchanges, Christmas gatherings, or a simple treat for yourself, they’re the easiest way to satisfy your taste buds and impress guests. The final step of drizzling chocolate over the tops of the cookies is the piece de resistance that makes every bite truly unforgettable. 

Ingredients to make cake mix German Chocolate Cookies.

German Chocolate Cookie Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Embarking on the journey to create these delicious cookies couldn’t be simpler, thanks to a few key ingredients that make this one of the best cookie recipes around. Whether you’re prepping for a cookie exchange, dressing up the dessert table, or simply craving a decadent dessert, here’s what you’ll need:

  • German Chocolate Cake Mix: The base of our cookie dough, providing that rich chocolate flavor and signature German chocolate cake cookies taste. 
  • Chocolate Instant Pudding: Adding that extra layer of chewy chocolate cookies texture to our cookie base. 
  • Melted Butter: Ensuring our german chocolate cookies have that moist, melt-in-your-mouth feel. 
  • Large Eggs: Binding everything together for that perfect cookie form. 
  • Milk Chocolate Chips: For chocolate lovers wanting that double dose of chocolate in every bite. Also used as a final touch drizzled over the top of each cookie.
  • Coconut Pecan Frosting: This sweet coconut and pecan blend is the secret weapon that turns a simple german chocolate cake mix cookies into the best cookies reminiscent of a big slice of traditional german chocolate cake. Find a container of pre-made frosting on the baking aisle at your local grocery store.

How to Make German Chocolate Cake Cookies

[Step 1] In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and eggs with an electric mixer. Add the cake mix and pudding then mix again to combine.

German chocolate cookie dough.
Step One

[Step 2] Stir in one cup of chocolate chips, then cover and chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.

German chocolate cookie dough with chocolate chips.
Step Two

[Step 3] Use a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to place cookie dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

German chocolate cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.
Step Three

[Step 4] Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest on the sheet for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Chocolate cookies on a cooling rack.
Step Four

[Step 5] Once the cookies have cooled completely, add about 1 tablespoon of coconut pecan frosting to the top of each cookie.

A container of coconut pecan frosting over chocolate cookies.
Step Five

[Step 6] Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power, stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds. Add to a small ziplock bag and cut off the tip. Drizzle the chocolate over the top of each cookie and allow the chocolate to cool. Enjoy!

German Chocolate Cookies with coconut pecan frosting and drizzled with chocolate.
Step Six

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How To Store Leftover Cookies

Ensuring your delicious German chocolate cookies maintain their gooey decadence for as long as possible is easier than you might think. First and foremost, choosing the right storage container is crucial. Opt for an airtight container to keep the cookies fresh and to preserve their chewy texture.

When stacking them, lay a sheet of parchment paper between each layer to prevent the cookies from sticking together. This simple step keeps every cookie as perfect as when it first cooled on the rack. As tempting as it might be to leave these tasty treats out on the counter, storing them in a cool, dry place will extend their freshness, allowing you to enjoy these delightful desserts for up to a week. 

German Chocolate Cookies with coconut pecan frosting and drizzled with chocolate.

Baking Tips & Tricks

Unlocking the secret to the best cookies involves a blend of precision and gentle handling, especially when it comes to German Chocolate Cake Cookies. Here are a few baking tips & tricks to ensure your cookies are just as delicious as they are beautiful:

  • Avoid Overmixing the Dough: Mixing the cookie dough too much can lead to tough, chewy cookies instead of the desired soft and tender bite. Combine the ingredients until just mixed to preserve the delicate structure. 
  • Check Cookies Early: Oven temperatures can vary, so start checking on your cookies a couple of minutes before the recommended time. This can be the difference between delightfully soft and accidentally crispy cookies
  • Use a Cookie Scoop: For cookies that bake evenly and look uniformly delectable, a cookie scoop is your best friend. This ensures each cookie is the same size, promoting an even bake and a consistent chocolate flavor in every bite. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of chocolate chips for my German chocolate cookies?

Absolutely! While the recipe suggests milk chocolate chips for that indulgent sweetness, feel free to experiment with semisweet or even dark chocolate chips for a deeper chocolate flavor. The beauty of these delicious cookies lies in their adaptability to please all chocolate lovers. 

Do I need an electric mixer to make the cookie dough?

No, you don’t. While an electric mixer does make the process quicker and ensures a smooth cookie base, you can also mix your ingredients by hand. Just ensure your butter is melted, making it easier to blend in with the German chocolate cake mix and bind with the other components for chewy, chocolatey perfection. 

I live in a high-altitude area. Any tips on adjusting the German chocolate cookie recipe? 

High altitude baking can be tricky, but a couple of simple adjustments can help. Consider adding an extra 2-3 tablespoons of flour to thicken the dough and prevent cookies from spreading too thin. Also, you might decrease the baking temperature by 25°F and increase baking time slightly. This will allow your cookies to rise properly without drying out. 

Is this recipe too challenging for beginner bakers? 

Not at all! One of the best things about these German chocolate cookies is their simplicity. Using a box of cake mix and instant pudding significantly reduces the steps involved, making this an easy cookie recipe perfect for bakers at any skill level. Plus, the results are so spectacular; these cookies will taste as if you’ve slaved away in the kitchen for hours!

German Chocolate Cookies with coconut pecan frosting and drizzled with chocolate.

Final Thoughts

Bringing the iconic flavors of your favorite cake into the delightful form of chewy chocolate cookies has never been easier or more satisfying. With every bite of these German Chocolate Cookies, you’ll discover the joy and decadence of a big slice of German chocolate cake, now in an irresistible cookie form.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or taking your first steps into the delightful world of baking, this easy cookie recipe is designed to guide you towards creating a dessert that’s not only delicious but also impressively decadent. So, go ahead, preheat your oven and let your taste buds revel in the sweet coconut and rich chocolate flavor that make these cookies a must-try. Let this be the year you bring the ultimate dessert table centerpiece, one delightful cookie at a time. 

German Chocolate Cookies with coconut pecan frosting and drizzled with chocolate.

German Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 24 Cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Crafted with the convenience of cake mix and pudding mix, these German Chocolate Cookies boast a soft, chewy texture that melts in your mouth with every bite. But the true star lies atop – a generous dollop of pre-made Coconut Pecan frosting, adding a rich, nutty sweetness that perfectly complements the chocolatey base. For the ultimate flourish, a delicate drizzle of melted chocolate crowns each cookie, elevating them to irresistible heights of temptation. Treat yourself to the irresistible allure of these German Chocolate cookies, a harmonious symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more.

Ingredients

  • 1 Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 Small Box Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Container Coconut Pecan Frosting

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and eggs with an electric mixer. Add the cake mix and pudding then mix again to combine.
  2. Stir in one cup of chocolate chips, then cover and chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Use a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to place cookie dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest on the sheet for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  5. Once the cookies have cooled completely, add about 1 teaspoon of coconut pecan frosting to the top of each cookie.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power, stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds. Add to a small ziplock bag and cut off the tip. Drizzle the chocolate over the top of each cookie and allow the chocolate to cool. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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