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German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

If you love German Chocolate cake but want it in cookie form, do I have a treat for you! You’ll love these sweeter-than-coconut sandwich cookies, stuffed with coconut pecan frosting! They can be baked up in minutes. Best of all, they start with a simple box of cake mix!

Can I Make German Chocolate Cookies from a Box of Cake Mix?

You can. . .and you should. And I’m here to tell you, you won’t be sorry. I’ve done this, myself. Multiple times!

It started so innocently. I saw a recipe online. I thought, “Wow, I could tweak that a little and add it to my blog.” So, I did. And boy oh boy, was I ever glad I did!

I took a cake mix, changed things up a bit, created lovely cookies. . .and stuffed them with my homemade coconut pecan frosting! There’s no need for a cookie cutter for this one, y’all!

I’m sure you’re drooling right now, so let’s get to it!

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

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You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need. These are simple ingredients you might already have on hand! (Trust me when I say you’ll want to add this to your own personal cookbook!)

German Chocolate Cake Cookie Ingredients:

You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need. These are simple ingredients found in most grocery stores.

  • German Chocolate Cake mix
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • chopped pecans
  • flaked coconut

Coconut-Pecan Filling:

  • pecans
  • evaporated milk
  • granulated sugar (or light brown sugar, your choice)
  • butter (salted or unsalted butter, your choice)
  • egg yolks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to Make this German Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix well at medium speed. Add pecans and coconut.

As soon as the batter/dough is mixed, scoop into 1” balls of cookie dough and drop dough balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

(Size of the cookies can vary, if you like. If you want larger cookies, just fill your scoops to overflowing.)

Bake for 11 – 15 minutes (depending on your oven).

Remove and place on wire cooling racks.

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Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan on the stove:

Heat the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, and egg yolks in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan (medium heat). Don’t stop stirring! Cook about three or four minutes.

You’ll know you’re at the right point when the butter melts and the sugar is fully dissolved. Now, brace yourself! Time for a workout!

Lower the heat and keep cooking (stirring non-stop) for 12 to 14 minutes or until mixture becomes a light caramel color. It’ll be bubbling and oh, so yummy looking! At this point it will reach a pudding-like thickness, which is perfection!

Remove pan from heat. It’s time to add the good stuff: the coconut, one cup pecans, and vanilla extract. Stir well then transfer the frosting to a bowl. You can use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula for this part.

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How to Put Together German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies:

When these soft chocolate cookies are completely cooled, flip half of them over. (You’re getting ready to load up half of the cookie with that delicious filling!)

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Add a heaping tablespoon of the yummy coconut filling to each.

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Use the remaining cookies to top them off.

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Makes 10 – 12 sandwiches, depending on size.

You can store these cookies at room temperature for 2 – 3 days in an airtight container. (They probably won’t last that long!)

These cookies can be frozen if you like.

What to Expect from these Cookie Sandwiches

Y’all, these are beyond good! If you love pecans and coconut you’re going to flip over the flavor combination in this sweet treat. This is the perfect way to enjoy German Chocolate cake. . .without the cake!

Maybe it’s because I used my homemade coconut pecan frosting. . .I don’t know. I just know that I practically swooned as I took that first bite.

Yes, they’re that good. These chewy chocolate cookies have a special place in my heart.

The crunchy pecans, the sweet, sticky caramel, the flaky bite of the sweet coconut: It’s sheer perfection.

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Couched in two soft cookies, this is the most delicious stuffed cookie you’ll ever eat!

Best of all, they’re simple to make!

Variations on this Recipe:

If you like, you can add chocolate chips to the cookie dough. (Delicious!)

Another option would be coconut, which you can easily add to the cookie dough.

Coconut milk can be used to replace evaporated milk for a richer coconut flavor.

Other Coconut and Pecan Treats from Out of the Box Baking

If you love these two flavors, you’re in luck! I’ve got a host of other sweet coconut and pecan offerings. Here are a few fan favorites:

Traditional German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting: Still one of my top two cakes. . .ever! You can’t go wrong with a yummy German chocolate cake and this one’s the best!

Easy Pecan Pie Cookies: These little cookies taste just like pecan pie. . .but they’re much simpler to make and serve.

Easy Coconut Cream Pie: This is my favorite pie on the planet! I’ll take this any day over any other flavor! (And talk about a great recipe!)

Easy Caramel Pecan Pralines: If you love those chewy, rich pralines, the kind that leave your teeth feeling a bit sticky, you’re going to flip over this great recipe. You cook these pralines up in a heavy saucepan. There’s no baking involved! 

Follow this link for a comprehensive post listing more of my fall cookies and bars, perfect for autumn!


That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe. 

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

If you love German Chocolate cake but want it in cookie form, do I have a treat for you! You’ll love these sweeter-than-coconut sandwich cookies, stuffed with coconut pecan frosting!

Ingredients

  • COOKIES:
  • 1 Box German Chocolate Cake
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 ounces (1/2 can) evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly whipped

Instructions

    PREHEAT OVEN TO 350
    MIX TOGETHER: cake, oil, and eggs.


    WHEN THOROUGHLY MIXED, ADD: pecans and coconut.

    As soon as the batter/dough is mixed, scoop into 1” balls and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 11 – 15 minutes (depending on your oven).

    MEANWHILE, IN A SAUCEPAN ON THE STOVETOP, MIX TOGETHER: evaporated milk, granulated sugar, butter, and egg yolks, lightly whipped

    Heat the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, and egg yolks in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan (medium heat). Don’t stop stirring!

    Cook about three or four minutes. You’ll know you’re at the right point when the butter melts and the sugar is fully dissolved.

    Now, brace yourself! Time for a workout! Lower the heat and keep cooking (stirring non-stop) for 12 to 14 minutes or until mixture becomes a light caramel color. It’ll be bubbling and oh, so yummy looking! At this point it will reach a pudding-like thickness, which is perfection!

    Remove pan from heat. It’s time to add the good stuff: coconut, pecans, and vanilla extract.

    Stir well then transfer the frosting to a bowl.

    BUILDING YOUR COOKIES
    When the cookies are completely cooled, flip half of them over and add a heaping tablespoon of the yummy frosting to each. Use the remaining cookies to top them off.

    Makes 10 – 12 sandwiches, depending on size.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 8g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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