German chocolate cake in a cookie!

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine brown sugar, 2/3 cup shortening, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in large bowl. Beat until well blended. Beat eggs into creamed mixture.

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  • In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Mix this mixture into creamed mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

  • Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Place cookie sheet in the middle of the oven. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7 to 9 minutes, or until cookies are set. Do not over bake. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

  • To Make Frosting: Begin by combining evaporated milk, white sugar, 1/4 cup shortening, and egg yolks in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove pan from heat. Stir 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, pecans, and coconut into the warm mixture. Cool completely, and frost cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts

368.9 calories; 4 g protein; 46.5 g carbohydrates; 45.5 mg cholesterol; 111.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2004
My family loved these chewy cookies. The only thing I changed is I didn't make the homemade icing instead I purchased the Betty Crocker pecan frosting that's already prepared (much cheaper and easier than buying the nuts and making it yourself). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/18/2004
I read all the reviews and tried it. I could not understand why it did not hold shape or resemble a cookie. After I baked them they crumbled were pretty much flat and more like a fudge then a brownie cookie I expected more of a brownie consistancy (half cookie half cake). I thought I made an error some where forgot something for it to have turned out this badly (my taste buds though) I made this to give to give to a caregiver and had to hold it back. I wasted the chips. I'm going to have to see if I can give it away. I'm giving it a because the chips saved it. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2004
My family loved these chewy cookies. The only thing I changed is I didn't make the homemade icing instead I purchased the Betty Crocker pecan frosting that's already prepared (much cheaper and easier than buying the nuts and making it yourself). Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2004
My family loved these chewy cookies. The only thing I changed is I didn't make the homemade icing instead I purchased the Betty Crocker pecan frosting that's already prepared (much cheaper and easier than buying the nuts and making it yourself). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Great cookies - very rich and chocolatey. Make sure cookies are completely cooled before icing or they break apart. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2007
Perfect! I found this recipe doing an ingredient search as I am down to bare bones. I didn't have Baking Soda but they still turned out very well. My hubby is happily munching away on a warm one right now. Will def use this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2002
My mother loves German Chocolate cake. I think she likes these cookies even more! I can't wait to make another batch. These cookies impressed my brother who is critical of everything. All the cookies were gone in two days. Make sure to let the icing cook awhile and if it seems runny add more sugar. I definitely will make these again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2007
These cookies are really good! They taste like double chocolate chip cookies w/ German chocolate frosting. But I didn't give 5 stars b/c they are really messy to eat and stick to my cookie sheets really bad. I prefer a cookie to be more portable. And I like to bring cookies to gatherings to share but with the frosting they don't package well. But like I said really yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2012
These were amazing! I did make a few changes though. Instead of 2 cups of chocolate chips I used 1 cup of chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and 1/2 cup of coconut. For the frosting I used the following recipe: Combine 1 egg (lightly beaten), 1- 5 ounce can of evaporated milk, 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup of butter in a saucepan. Cook and stir 10-12 minutes over medium-low heat until slightly thickened(don't turn the heat up too high or you could end up with some sweet scrambled eggs). Stir in 1 1/3 cup of coconut and at least 3/4 cup of chopped pecans. After the cookies are done I drizzle them with chocolate (chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag microwaved 20 seconds at a time until melted). Delicious and pretty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2004
mmmmm so good! great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2004
not bad. i used actual hersheys kisses not finding any other chocolate to bake with and it still turned out great. did the recipe by hand (no electris mixer) and it still worked. just wished it was more moist and chewy. maybe if i added more eggs. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/18/2004
I read all the reviews and tried it. I could not understand why it did not hold shape or resemble a cookie. After I baked them they crumbled were pretty much flat and more like a fudge then a brownie cookie I expected more of a brownie consistancy (half cookie half cake). I thought I made an error some where forgot something for it to have turned out this badly (my taste buds though) I made this to give to give to a caregiver and had to hold it back. I wasted the chips. I'm going to have to see if I can give it away. I'm giving it a because the chips saved it. Read More
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