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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



  • 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



  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.