Whenever I make these brownies I get raving reviews about them.

It has almost turned into a selfish reason to make them because I know I will be showered with praise (very egocentric, I know, but what can I say…I love people to say nice things about me and my baking and I’m not ashamed to admit it…just don’t tell anyone, ok?).

They are delicious, but best of all, they are so, so easy, which always makes me feel mildly guilty for accepting the compliments. But you have to do what you have to do, right?

These brownies have a buttery, firm crust with extreme caramely, chocolatey, gooey softness layering on top.

Please don’t gasp if you read this list of ingredients realizing that several of them are pre-made, pre-packaged, pre-processed. Just slowly close down this browser and the rest of us will enjoy the decadence of these fabulous treats.

German Chocolate Brownies






  • 1 German chocolate cake mix
  • 2/3 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tub Coconut-pecan frosting (yes, the kind you find above the cake mixes at the store)
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9X13 pan.
  3. In a large bowl using a pastry blender, cut in butter with the cake mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Press 1/2 the mixture (about 2 1/2 cups) into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot crust. Drop frosting by tablespoonfuls over chocolate chips. Mix 1/4 cup of milk into the remaining cake mix/butter mixture. Stir to combine.
  7. Drop this batter by teaspoonfuls over the frosting.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Cool completely. Cut into squares and refrigerate until served. (These brownies really do taste best cool.)

Recipe Source: from The Lion House Entertaining Cookbook

16 Responses to German Chocolate Brownies

  1. Barbara says:

    Mel….another keeper! I made these for my husband today for Father’s Day…actually, my 12yo son found the recipe on your site when looking for a dessert for today. My husband LOVES German Chocolate cake, and these were perfect for something different! A hit with the whole family!

  2. […] Trust me. I hope you guys love these brownies as much as my family and I did! Thank you to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and my sister, Haleigh, for this life changing recipe : ) […]

  3. Lynn says:

    Stumbled across you blog yesterday and made these for my husband, His birthday is Sunday and his favorite is German cholate cake. I knew he would enjoy these.
    My question is, I had a hard time telling if they were done. I know all ovens vary.
    I think I had mine in at least an extra 15 minutes and they still seemed really “jiggly”
    when I took them out. They taste fine, but I’m wondering if I did something wrong.
    Should they look sort of underbaked when you take them out?
    Thanks, and thanks for an AWESOME blog!!!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Lynn – sorry it has taken me a few days to comment back to you. In answer to your question, yes, these brownies do look slightly underbaked and actually because of the frosting and chocolate chips, it’s hard to tell when they are really done. It sounds like you baked them just right!

  4. Kim says:

    I made these for my coworkers this week and they turned out amazing! This recipe will definitely be a keeper. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for many happy tummys!

  5. Meagan says:

    These are our favorite brownies. My husband isn’t a huge brownie fan, but he requested them for his birthday cake. Could you double these and put them in an 11 x 17 pan? Do I bake the same time??

    • Mel says:

      Meagan – I’ve never doubled this recipe but (crossing my fingers here) it should work ok. If the thickness in the 11X17 pan is the same in the 9X13, I would bake them for the same amount of time and check them after that to see if they need additional minutes. You could always bake two side-by-side 9X13-inch pans if you are worried about the outcome. Good luck!

  6. susan says:

    Can you freeze these german chocolate brownies ?

  7. Nicole says:

    These brownies are so tasty! I’ve been wanting to try them ever since I got to taste test them at your house. I never would have believed the flavor came from the coconut-pecan frosting, but now I know for a fact it does. Kevin and I both ate them until we were feeling sick. Soooo good! Kevin’s favorite dessert is brownies and he loves this version…I’ll definately be making it again!

  8. Kylie Walker says:

    I love these brownies. Nate used to make these when we first got married and today after I looked at your blog I said “Nate, Mel made Your brownies!” and he informed me that this wonderful recipe was from you. To think, all this time I gave him the credit! I guess I should have known the source 😀

  9. Melanie says:

    Nicole – glad you liked them!!

  10. Melanie says:

    deejay – these are some of my favorite brownies so I am so glad to know you (and others) like them, too!

  11. Garrison Family says:

    my dad is a big german chocolate cake fan – this sounds right up his ally i think i will give it a try.I didnt bother putting “lose weight” on the resolution list =-) I wanted obtainable goals this year!

  12. Dave and Julie says:

    I ALWAYS get great comments when I make these!

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