If there was ever a dessert to enjoy this fall then this is it.  A moist and delicious German chocolate cake mix cookie, topped with a hearty amount of homemade coconut pecan frosting.  Packed with all of the elements you know and love about a German Chocolate Cake but in a cookie, these German Chocolate Cookies can’t be beat. Scroll down for all the info!

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

I have to admit something before we go any further.  I am not a coconut fan.  I know…I know!!  Then I made this frosting and although it might only be for this recipe…I am in love!

The combination of pecans and coconut in a sweet frosting is out of this world awesome.  Even Darby {who isn’t a fan either} ate one and liked it.

I guess what I am trying to say is that whether you think you like German Chocolate Cake or not these cookies are a game changer.  I can’t wait for you to make them for yourself.

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Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Cake mix cookies are really my jam lately.  I keep thinking of so many fun ways to make them and they just keep getting better and better.  I do however, have some tips that will make baking them even simpler.  Check them all out here.

How to make German Chocolate Cake Cookies with a Cake Mix

Begin by combining the German chocolate cake mix {that you have whisked to remove any lumps}, 2 eggs and oil.  Mix together with a hand held mixer or even by hand.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

The mixture will be very thick and sticky but no need to worry, that is exactly what you are looking for.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Using a cookie scoop, scoop mounds of dough onto a parchment {or silicone mat} lined baking sheet.  They spread out a little, so be sure to not over crowd your pan.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Tips for Baking Cake Mix Cookies

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 9-11 minutes.  They most important thing when making cake mix cookies is to not over bake them.

I know I sound like a broken record but the difference between a soft and moist cookie vs. a hockey puck is really only a minute or two.

My best advice is to bake them until set and then let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.  This will allow them to continue cooking but not over bake.

To be able to load the cookie with frosting, make a indention in the middle of each cookie.  I just used the back of the cookie scoop.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Coconut Pecan Frosting

While the cookies are baking, you can turn your attention to the frosting.  Start by melting the butter in a small saucepan.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Once the butter is melted, add the sugar, vanilla, egg yolk and evaporated milk.  

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

On medium-high heat, stir mixture until it starts to bubble.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Let the mixture cook and bubble for 8-9 minutes.  You will notice that the mixture has deepened in color a little bit.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Add the coconut and chopped pecans, then stir to combine.  Remove from heat and let the frosting cool.  To speed up the process you can put the mixture in the refrigerator.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

The final step is to take that frosting goodness and add it to each cookie.  I used about a tablespoon of frosting for each cookie.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

And the very best step…taking the first bite.  A moist and chocolaty German chocolate cookie, loaded with frosting.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

I am telling you, if you are a German Chocolate Cake fan {or even if you are not} these cookies are for you.  They are all sorts of fabulous and I honestly, just can’t say enough good things about them.

I keep a list of cookies to make at Christmas and this recipe has definitely made the cut.  I can’t wait to hear about how much you love them too.

Delicious German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

Do you love cake mix cookies?  Try these…

German Chocolate Cookies Recipe Using a Cake Mix

All of the traditional flavors you love from a German chocolate cake but in a cake mix cookie that is super simple and extra delicious.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Cookie

  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs {whisked}
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolk {whisked}
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine cookie ingredients in large bowl and mix until completely incorporated.  NOTE:  Dough will be thick.

    Using a medium sized cookie scoop {or heaping tablespoon}, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

    Bake for 9-10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  While the cookies are cooling, use the back of the cookie scoop to create a indention in the top of the cookie. Repeat until all of the dough is baked.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  1. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.

    Add evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble. Continue to cook for about 8-9 minutes longer, stirring constantly.

    Pour in coconut and pecans, mix to evenly combine.

    Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes or put mixture in the refrigerator to help speed up the process.

    Once cooled, add about a tablespoon of frosting to the top of each cookie and enjoy. Cookies keep at room temperature in an air tight container for 4-5 days.

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