German Chocolate Cake Cookies

German Chocolate Cake…but in cookie form!  A sweet and soft chocolate cookie stuffed full of toasted nuts and toasted, sweetened coconut flakes.  The perfect treat to celebrate upcoming Oktoberfest.  Plus chocolate compliments a golden ale or a Munich-style lager, in case you need an excuse to have a beer with your cookies.

I was super excited when Milena from Craft Beering asked if I would be interested in contributing to her Oktoberfest Recipe Round-up!  YES!!  I knew immediately that I wanted to make some spin off of a German chocolate cake.  But have you ever made a German chocolate cake, frosting and all, from scratch before???  I have.  And it is time consuming.  So to keep it easy, I figured I would take all the flavors of a classic German chocolate cake and put them in a soft chocolate cookie.  Easier to make and even easier to eat than a hunk of frosted cake!

Make sure you scroll all the way down past my recipe, to see all of the Oktoberfest recipes the other bloggers are sharing!

But first….these German Chocolate Cake Cookies that I made.  I used walnuts (yes…..pecans are traditional, but I didn’t have any in the pantry) and unsweetened coconut flakes in my cookies.  The recipe gives you directions on how to sweeten your coconut chips if you use unsweetened like I did, or you can just use sweetened coconut chips.  I definitely recommend toasting your nuts and coconut chips before adding them to your cookie dough.  Toasting brings out a nutty flavor to the coconut and intensifies the flavor of the walnuts.  But it’s totally optional!

There’s no shortage of toasted walnuts or toasted coconut in these cookies!

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

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Serves: 22 Cooking Time: 8-minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Ballard Extracts Chocolate Extract)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (thick) chocolate sundae sauce
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, toasted (I used Our Daily Eats Walnuts!)
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted (I used Our Daily Eats Unsweetened Coconut Chips)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar



In a small sauce pan, over medium heat on the stovetop, add the cup of chopped nuts. Toast nuts, stirring frequently to prevent from burning. Once nuts are toasted, remove from the pan and dump onto a plate to cool. In the same small sauce pan, add the coconut flakes. Toast coconut flakes on medium heat on the stovetop, stirring frequently to prevent from burning. Once coconut flakes are toasted and slightly browned, remove the coconut flakes from the pan and add the coconut flakes to a bowl. If using unsweetened coconut flakes, sprinkle two tablespoons of powder sugar over the coconut flakes, coating all of the coconut flakes in the sugar. Set aside.


Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.


In the bowl of your stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, mix the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and white sugar to the butter and mix until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Add the eggs into the mixture, one egg at a time, mixing the first egg into the mixture completely before adding the second egg. Add in the chocolate sundae sauce. Mix on medium-high speed until all ingredients are completely incorporated.


Change the mixer speed to low, and slowly add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and cornstarch into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber scraper to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips, nuts and coconut flakes.


Scoop standard sized cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheets, leaving two-inches in between cookie dough balls. Bake cookies in 375-degree oven for 8-minutes. Remove cookies from oven and set on counter to set. Once set, transfer cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat process with second cookie sheet of cookie dough balls.


Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

James does not like coconut….but loved these cookies.  The coconut chips that Foodlyn sent me, did not have that “suntan lotion” smell or taste.  I would definitely recommend buying raw, unsweetened coconut chips and then toasting them and sweetening them yourself.  Totally different texture than the bags of sweetened coconut you buy at the store.

Thick, soft and still a little gooey.  Exactly how I love my cookies!

O’zapft is!  That’s a Bavarian expression, meaning, “it’s tapped.”  At noon on the first day of Oktoberfest, the Mayor of Munich traditionally taps the first keg of beer, exclaiming the above phrase, which marks the official opening of the festival.  So let’s get this Oktoberfest started….O’zapft is!

Click on the recipe title to check out the recipe!  The title of the recipes are above the pictures!!

Bavarian Soft Pretzels

Kartoffelsuppe (German Potato Soup)

Beef with Beet Puree and Purple Cauliflower

Schweinshaxe (Bavarian Roasted Pork Knuckle)

Traditional Pork Schnitzel

Beer Mustard Crusted Pork Loin


Porchetta Panini

German Beef Rouladen

Bee Sting Cake

Cheese and Cherry Strudel

I hope you enjoyed of all these fantastic Oktoberfest recipes brought to you by several fabulous bloggers!  Which recipe was your favorite?  Do you celebrate Oktoberfest??



Want to use the same ingredients I used in the recipe?  The following ingredients are all from Foodlyn, the best online boutique grocery store!  If you would like to purchase the Our Daily Eats Raw Walnuts!, click HERE.  If you would like to purchase Our Daily Eats Unsweetened Coconut Chips, click HERE.  If you would like to purchase the Ballard Extracts Chocolate Extract, click HERE.

PS- you can see this recipe linked up at the following link parties: Meal Plan Monday, Sugar and Spice, Pretty Pintastic Party.


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    September 14, 2017 at 5:49 AM

    I love German chocolate cake and I’ve never had it in cookie form. Genius! Pinning this one to try for sure!

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      September 14, 2017 at 6:54 AM

      Thanks Cathy!! These cookies were yummy….even those that don’t like coconut liked these cookies! XOXO 🙂

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    September 14, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    I love German chocolate cake, so I can only imagine how delicious these cookies are! Loving this idea and so perfect for Oktoberfest eating 🙂

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      September 14, 2017 at 6:55 AM

      Thank you! These cookies were so much easier to make that a full on German chocolate cake too. So if you love the cake, you would love these cookies 🙂 XOXO

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    September 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    So pretty and so good! What a great idea to have a German chocolate cake in cookie form. Love the addition of walnuts and coconut flakes (and I agree on toasting them to enhance the flavor)! Awesome collection of recipes for this Oktoberfest!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:26 AM

      Thank you for such a sweet comment! I definitely agree that the extra step of toasting the walnuts and coconut flakes are totally worth it! XOXO 🙂

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    September 14, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Love these beauties, Kelly! The flavors in German chocolate cake are so good but I totally agree–so much work! This is the perfect solution!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:28 AM

      Thanks Kelsie! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Milena | Craft Beering
    September 14, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    These are awesome to bring with for an afternoon at the brewery! One sip of Marzen, one bite of German chocolate cake cookie:) So glad you joined us and presented us with such a unique and fun twist on a popular German treat! Cannot wait to try your recipe Kelly!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:29 AM

      Thanks Milena! And thanks for hosting this round-up! I feel privileged to be among all the top notch blogs that participated 🙂 XOXO

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    September 14, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    What a great cookie. I love the Oktoberfest roundup. Your German chocolate cake cookies sound fantastic!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:35 AM

      Thank you Amy! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Maria Doss
    September 14, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    You are so brilliant my friend!! I love German Chocolate cake, but that in a cookie form is AMAZING!!!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:42 AM

      Awww thanks Maria! You are such a sweetheart! Have great weekend my friend 🙂 XOXO

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    Supriya Kuttty
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    All of the dishes are very mouth-water. I m hungry right was thinking to make something. Porchetta Panini I’ll try to maek and have. Thank you and tomorrow I’ll try to make something different dish from your recipe help.

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:43 AM

      Awesome! Thanks for checking out all of the yumminess. I get hungry just looking at all the food blogs out there. It’s like grocery shopping when you are hungry hehehe. XOXO 🙂

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    September 15, 2017 at 12:35 AM

    looks soo tasty, love it! txs for sharing!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:46 AM

      Thanks Sandra! XOXO 🙂

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    I love german cake, and I love chocolate cookies, so these seem like THE perfect sweet treat for me! love it!

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      September 15, 2017 at 7:47 AM

      Awesome! Thanks Georgie!! These cookies sound perfect for you 🙂 XOXO

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
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    German chocolate cake is one of my favorites desserts, but it takes so long to make a cake like that. These cookies are a perfect solution to that and I’ll be making these soon! 🙂

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      September 15, 2017 at 8:29 AM

      Awesome! Thanks Karrie! You will have to let me know what you think if you make these! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    September 15, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    German chocolate cake in cookie form is amazing!! And the recipe is super simple too!! Yumminess1

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      September 15, 2017 at 8:29 AM

      Thanks Deepika! So much easier than making a whole German chocolate cake 🙂 XOXOX

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    April Tuell
    September 15, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    These cookies sound amazing! German chocolate cake is one of my husband and I’s favorite cakes, I can just imagine how good these cookies are.

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      September 15, 2017 at 10:48 AM

      Thank you April! You should totally make these for your hubby 🙂 XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Ovenk
    September 15, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    I love German chocolate cake, so this cake in cookie form is just pure genius. This is such a fun recipe to include in the Oktoberfest roundup! Great idea Kelly! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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      September 15, 2017 at 10:49 AM

      Thanks Katherine!! Have a great weekend too 🙂 XOXO

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    What a great idea to turn German Chocolate Cake into cookies! That oozing melty chocolate has me drooling!

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      September 20, 2017 at 5:48 AM

      Thanks Rachelle!! XOXO 🙂

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      September 20, 2017 at 5:59 AM

      Awesome!! Thank you! I am so excited that this recipe will be featured! I will definitely be linking up this week too! Have a great day! XOXO 🙂

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