Chocolate Cookie Baking Day Cookies Desserts

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

December 16, 2013

Another successful cookie baking day is in the books! Last Saturday mom and I did our annual cookie baking. Six different recipes of all kinds of cookies! First up were these German Chocolate Cake Cookies. You’ll notice there’s no actual German chocolate in the recipe, but it’s still got that fabulous combination of chocolate, pecans, and coconut. If you’re a chocoholic like me, you’re going to love these! We scooped our dough a little smaller than the recipe called for, so it made a lot of cookies. The more the merrier, right?!

German Chocolate Cake Cookies | So, How's It Taste?

So, how’s it taste?

You know you’re off to a good start when the first batch out of the oven produces “Oh my gosh these are good!” You should pace yourself on cookie baking day because there will be lots of eating, but I really wanted to keep shoveling these in my mouth. They were so chocolate-y and so good! They really taste like German chocolate cake! I’m a huge fan of nuts and chocolate together (especially pecans), but add coconut and I’m over the moon. The cookies are soft and chewy and the perfect companion to a huge glass of cold milk.

My one complaint about these cookies is that they don’t stay fresh very long. It usually takes a few days for most cookies to start drying out, but these were headed that way in less than 24 hours. A huge bummer since I mail out boxes of cookies and some take three days to get to their destinations. I did pack these cookies next to crispy cookies, so I’m not sure if the crispy ones sucked the life out of these or if that’s even a thing. I guess when I make these again I’ll just have to keep them all to myself. 🙂

Other goodies from Cookie Baking Day 2013:

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Milky Way Red Velvet Cake Cookies
Dark Chocolate Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
Gooey Butter Cookies
Vanilla Orange Cranberry Cookies


Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 45 min

German Chocolate Cake Cookies


2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a stand 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. Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans.

3. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, 12 cookies per sheet, and bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a baking rack.


You Might Also Like

  • Shannon Van Dusen @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. December 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    These look great! I’m not crazy about nuts, but when surrounded by chocolate, I can make do. I have to add these to my baking list. My mom would LOVE them.

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely December 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    That’s fun you baked 6 different kinds of cookies! But golly, you must have been tired after that. These cookies look amazing. Funny thing, I used to hate all things coconut when I was little, but I ate a German Chocolate Cake last year and fell in love with coconut. I don’t know what I’ve been missing! Can’t wait to try these.

    • Leah Short December 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

      We used to do 9 varieties, but that got crazy so we dialed it down to 6! We have a lot of fun with it. You will love these if you love the cake! I recommend a big ol’ glass of milk with them. 😉

  • amy @ fearless homemaker December 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I love your annual cookie baking day! It always sounds like such fun and you make such awesome stuff. I Looooove german chocolate cake, so I know I’d love these cookies!

  • Caitlin December 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

    yumm, I love german chocolate everything 🙂 I still wonder how they get the name, because every time I’ve been to Germany, I haven’t seen anything like it! Oh well, its delicious all the same.