German Chocolate Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies

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Prep: Bake: Yield:
30 Min. 8 Min. 2 Dozen
Prep: 30 Min. Bake: 8 Min. Yield: 2 Dozen


Chocolate Cookie Dough

3/4 cup unsalted butter softened (169 grams)

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk (396 grams)

3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)

1 large egg room temperature

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour (382 grams)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (75 grams)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Coconut Filling

2 (14 oz.) cans Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk (792 grams)

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut (132 grams)

3/4 cup chopped pecans (81 grams)

3 tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 cup coconut milk, or heavy cream

To decorate

1/3 cup chocolate

3 tbsp shredded coconut

3 tbsp chopped pecans



Chocolate Cookie Dough

Start by beating the butter with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until fluffy and creamy.

Add the Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk and sugar  and mix to combine.

Then add the egg and vanilla to the bowl. Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally to ensure all ingredients are getting blended together.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, mix on the lowest setting until almost entirely incorporated. I like to finish mixing the ingredients by hand with a spatula which ensures the dough isn’t getting overworked, and also ensures all ingredients from the bottom of the bowl are getting incorporated nicely together.

Transfer the dough to the counter and wrap it on plastic tightly. Place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour, you an also make it the day before and roll it out the next day.

Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.

After 2 hours, remove the dough from the fridge, cut it into 4 pieces and work with one piece at a time, leaving the other pieces covered with the plastic, inside the fridge.

Sprinkle the counter with some flour, and then sprinkle some flour on top of the piece of dough. Begin rolling with a rolling pin, until the dough is 1/4” thick. You may need to add more flour to the bottom of the dough, so it doesn’t stick to the counter, but don’t be so liberal with the flour, you don’t want to add too much of it, because it can make the dough dry.

Use the cookie cutters of your choice to cut shapes out of the cookie dough, I used a 2” round cutter. Place the cookies about 1 inch apart from each other on top of a parchment paper lined baking sheet. They actually won’t rise or spread too much during baking.

Bake the cookies in the pre-heated oven for about 8 minutes, time baking will depend on the size of the cookies, smaller cookies will take less time to bake, and big cookies will take longer. Once the cookies don’t look wet on top anymore you can remove them from the oven, if they still look wet to shiny in the middle on top, keep baking them for another minute then check again.

Gather the leftover dough back into a ball, then flatten it out and roll it out, repeat cutting with the cookie cutters.

Repeat rolling, cutting, and baking with the remaining dough that’s in the fridge.

Keep the baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature. You can freeze the cookies for one to two months.

Coconut Filling

To make the coconut filling, add the sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, pecans, butter, and coconut milk (or heavy cream) in a medium saucepan. Cook the ingredients over medium heat, stirring nonstop the whole time, for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and falling into chunks off the spatula.

Remove it from the saucepan and pour into a bowl. Let it cool down completely, keep it at room temperature. The filling can be kept at room temperature for a day. If you place it in the fridge, might become too hard to pipe. You can always let it come to room temperature before piping or heat it up gently for about 5 second increments in the microwave.

To assemble

To assemble the cookies, place the coconut filling in a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

Pipe some filling on the bottom side of a cookie, then top with another cookie.

To decorate

Melt the chocolate in the microwave, then you can dip the sandwich cookies in the melted chocolate, or drizzle it on top of the cookies. While the chocolate is still wet, top it with shredded coconut or chopped pecans.

To store

Store the cookies in the fridge for up to 5 days, in the freezer for up to 2 months. It can also stay at room temperature for up to one day.

Recipe by our friend Camila @Piesandtacos