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German Chocolate Cake Cookies


German Chocolate Cake Cookies - Soft, chewy chocolate cookies with a rich caramel, coconut, pecan frosting - these won't last long on the cookie plate.

Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 176 kcal
Author: Sandra from dash of sanity.

Ingredients
CHOCOLATE COOKIES
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
GERMAN CHOCOLATE FROSTING
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Optional: ¼ cup chocolate candy coating melted for drizzle
Instructions
CHOCOLATE COOKIES
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer or large bowl using a hand mixer, blend the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and blend until combined.
  3. Drop the dough by tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets, 12 cookies per sheet, and bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a baking rack.
GERMAN CHOCOLATE FROSTING
  1. Add evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla to a large pan and place on stovetop over medium heat.
  2. Stir so that it becomes well combined. Continue stirring until thickened, this takes approximately 11-12 minutes. I set my time for 11 minutes and 30 seconds, this seems to work every time.
  3. Once thickened remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Beat until thick enough to spread.
  4. Spread frosting over the tops of cooled cookies.
  5. Optional: Drizzle with melted candy coating and let set up. Top with white chocolate heart. See note.
  6. Note: I melted some pink chocolate candy coating, put it into a Ziplock lunch baggie, snipped off a small corner. Then on some wax paper drew hearts with the chocolate. I let them harden, then gently placed them on top of the cookies. A great decoration for upcoming Valentine’s Day.
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