German Chocolate Brownies

by Jillian
Fudgy dark chocolate brownies topped with a thick layer of everyone's favorite coconut-pecan frosting!

Fudgy dark chocolate brownies topped with a thick layer of everyone’s favorite coconut-pecan frosting!

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Ok, guys. Life-changing fact of the day: German Chocolate Cake didn’t actually originate in Germany.

WHAT???

I know! I’m just as stunned and bewildered as you are!! Why do I feel like my entire life was a lie??

As history notes (AKA, Wikipedia), its roots trace back to the mid 1800’s when an English-American chocolate maker named Samuel German created a type of dark baking chocolate for the Baker’s Chocolate Company, which was then named after him–Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate. In the 1950’s this very chocolate was used in a recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake”, created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from Dallas, TX. Eventually, the possessive form (German’s) was dropped, making it “German Chocolate Cake”.

BOOM! There’s your history lesson of the day!

So now that all of you are likely questioning everything in life at this point, allow me to ease your worries with these German Chocolate Brownies…

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Along with pretty much every single male inhabitant on this planet, I can’t get enough German Chocolate Cake in my life. However if I’m being honest, it’s not the actual cake I’m into, but that rich and ultra gooey coconut-pecan frosting. AKA, better-than-pretty-much-everything-frosting.

Seriously, if someone just straight up served this stuff in a bowl, I’d chug it down in a millisecond. Oh, and it HAS to be homemade. None of that canned earwax sold by Better Crocker or Pillsbury. (If you’ve ever fallen victim to this horrendous can of slop, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.) When it comes to coconut-pecan frosting, you can’t take any shortcuts. Homemade is the ONLY way to go!

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And don’t let this frosting of the Goddesses intimidate you. Just because it’s the most magical stuff in the entire universe doesn’t mean it’s difficult. Not only does it come together in less than 10 minutes, but it’s probably the most ambrosial frosting you will ever put into your mouth. EVER.

So how does one create this unicorn of a frosting? Well, first it starts out with a couple of egg yolks and some evaporated milk. Whisk that together and then stir in some brown sugar, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat until boiling and thickened. Remove mixture from the heat, and add the vanilla, pecans, and coconut, mixing until combined. And that’s all she wrote, folks!

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The brownie part is just as easy, if not, easy-ER. Whisk together some melted butter and cocoa powder. Stir in some granulated AND brown sugar along with some eggs and a little vanilla. Fold in your dry ingredients (i.e. flour, salt, and baking soda), pop into a baking dish, and bake for about 25 minutes.

While these brownies aren’t technically considered German Chocolate Brownies since they’re not made with German Sweet Chocolate, I’d say they’re close enough with the frosting. Besides, the richer, dark chocolatey flavor that these brownies contain is so much more satisfying and exquisite than the sweeter subtle flavor of traditional German Chocolate. 

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As you can tell, these brownies are NOT lacking in the fudgy department. Combined with the thick and gooey coconut-pecan frosting, this brownie is likely to be a crowd pleaser at any upcoming holiday gathering.

Or in my case, Netflix-and-binge-by-yourself-a-thon. 

German Chocolate Brownies | A baJillian Recipes (collage)

Fudgy dark chocolate brownies topped with a thick layer of everyone's favorite coconut-pecan frosting!

German Chocolate Brownies

Fudgy dark chocolate brownies topped with a thick layer of everyone's favorite coconut-pecan frosting!
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 43 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 Large Brownies

Ingredients
  

Brownies:*

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Coconut-Pecan Frosting:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut toasted**
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans toasted

Instructions
 

Make The Brownies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder until smooth and glossy. Whisk in both sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla, stirring until fully incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-28 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Make The Frosting:

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk the egg yolks and evaporated milk together. Add the sugar, butter, and salt and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture is boiling and thickened. The consistency should coat the back of a spoon like a thin pudding.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla, coconut, and pecans. Allow filling to cool completely before spreading on top of brownies.
  • Once brownies and frosting have cooled to room temperature, spread frosting evenly on top of brownies. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until frosting is fully set.

Notes

*If you're in a rush, you can also just use any regular-size box brownie mix!
**Finely shredded coconut can usually be found in the natural foods bulk section of most grocery stores. If you can't find any, the regular sweetened shredded kind will work too!
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2 comments

Amanda November 6, 2018 - 6:46 AM

“Canned earwax” vs. “Ambrosial frosting?” God-dang, you are funny, Jillian. This is spectacular. You are right–a whole bowlful of frosting is all that is needed. Stunning–just like how you and your mom know how to do eye makeup:) I loved the videos/pictures from your recent NY trip (And I hope you don’t mind, but when I saw all of the hot-spots you hit up in NY, I had to direct a fellow Austrian blogger to visit your website because she’ll be in NY in about a week) . Thanks for sharing with us. You truly are just pure sunshine.

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Jillian November 12, 2018 - 2:02 AM

Awww…thank you so much, Amanda! I’m so glad you enjoyed my recent NY trip vlog. The abundance of unique/uber-delicious food in NY is absolutely insane, and the atmosphere is just electric. There’s SO MUCH to do in NY. Thank you for recommending my video as well! Hopefully they find it helpful on their trip even though it was mostly me stuffing my face with sweets 😉 Next time, I’ll have to diversify a little by trying more savory foods. Thank you for always being so kind, Amanda 🙂

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