German Chocolate Cookie Bars

4.97 from 29 votes

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German Chocolate Cookie Bars have a chewy chocolate cookie layer topped with gooey homemade German chocolate coconut frosting.

A German Chocolate Cookie Bar with another one in the background on a plate.

These German chocolate cookie bars are perfectly chewy with a crunchy, yet gooey coconut frosting topping. They are heavenly! And SO EASY to make! I have probably made these German Chocolate Cookie Bars at least 5 times since the beginning of the year. I love them! I got this recipe from our friends over at Six Sisters Stuff who adapted the recipe from Paula Deen.

These would be a great treat for Easter — just shake up some green food coloring with the coconut before adding it to the recipe and add little mini eggs to the top. You can’t go wrong with these bars. They are a new favorite at our house! They are so gooey and delicious! Oh and did I mention they are super EASY? I almost always have all the ingredients on hand so I make these whenever I have a sweet tooth and I don’t want to make a trip to the store!

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As you will see in the recipe below you can use either a German Chocolate Cake Mix or a Devil’s Food Cake Mix. Originally we started off ALWAYS making it with German chocolate cake mix but when I was craving these and found all I had in the pantry was a Devil’s Food Cake mix I made it with that and haven’t gone back since. They were way more moist and I liked the taste better. Since I made this discovery months after we posted the first time, it was too late to change the name.. so we still call them German Chocolate Cookie bars but really we like them best when they are “Devil’s Food Cake bars with coconut topping”. Both ways are delicious so if you want to keep with the German theme, feel free to stick with it. You really can’t lose.

A German Chocolate Cookie Bar with another one in the background on a plate.

German Chocolate Cookie Bars

4.97 from 29 votes
German Chocolate Cookie Bars have a chewy chocolate cookie layer topped with gooey homemade german chocolate coconut frosting. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch, German
Servings 12



  • 9×13 inch pan





  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (I used non-stick cooking spray).
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and egg, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • The crust should not come up the sides.
  • Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven. The crust will not look done.
  • While the crust is baking, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, egg, pecans and coconut.
  • Pour evenly over the warm crust.
  • Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 24-30 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 2.2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars





    1. Wondering if these would freeze well and if so, how would you do it to get the best results? I am needing to make a very large quantity. Thanks!

      1. I haven’t tried freezing them before, but I would probably try to freeze the base and then make the topping closer to serving. Hope this helps!

    2. 4 stars
      I haven’t made these German Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie Bars yet, but plan to make them later today.
      I’m sure they are delicious, but I do feel there needs to be some clarification, as to the fact that the recipe lists them as German or Dutch origination. This is incorrect.
      German chocolate is not named after the country nor does it have anything to do with German or Dutch cuisine. German Chocolate originated in the United States and was discovered by a chocolate maker by the name of Samuel German, thus the name German Chocolate.

    3. I am baking them right now… way over 30 minutes and it still doesn’t look done. The mixture isn’t golden. They are for my husband’s birthday tonight. I’m worried they won’t turn out.🤷🏼‍♀️ Any suggestions???

      1. The top should turn a very light golden color. How did they come out? Wish your husband a very happy birthday from us!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow these look perfect! I have all the ingredients ready…so I am going to make it tomorrow. Yay!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! My family is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try! Looks so delicious and scrumptious!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these for a family reunion. What a hit. I used the German Chocolate cake mix and mini chocolate chips and many asked for the recipe. A definite keeper.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times already they are easy and delicious. Secret don’t overcook. I bake on convection for 24 min. Five stars

    1. I always make birthday cookies in a large round baking stone that has a slightly raised edge. (Pampered chef large white baking stone) Would this recipe work in that? German chocolate is my husband’s favorite cake, so I thought it might be fun to try this.

  6. They are in the oven now!!!
    I am taking them to Birthday
    Social at church tonight and
    Can’t wait to try them.😊😊

  7. 5 stars
    Just finished baking these delicious cookie bars. Moist, rich, and chocolatey. I have a new addition to our yearly Christmas cookie platter. Yummy!!!

  8. My kind of baking! I used to love scratch baking when I was younger, but not so much these days. Thanks and pinned.

  9. This is not GERMAN Chocolate Bars this is Deviled Food Bars. German Chocolate cake is a type of chocolate named for a man whose last name is German. So you would need to use a GERMAN Chocolate cake mix for this to fall under that category!

    1. German chocolate is a fairly common colloquialism for desserts that have chocolate, coconut and nuts. If it makes you feel better, just buy the cake mix that says German chocolate on the label. Amazing what people find to grouse about these days . . .

  10. I made these yesterday with a German chocolate cake mix and an entire 12 oz. package of milk chocolate chips on top. WOWZA! They are GREAT. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  11. I used German Chocolate pudding cake and it turn out a little more than golden brown and a little burnt around the edges, otherwise it was still very good. Very easy to make.

  12. Where is the German chocolate? Why call them German Chocolate Bars when there isn’t any German chocolate?

  13. After reading all comments, I am going try this. Making cookies, fudge, etc for Christmas gifts. This will be a good addition

  14. I am making these at 10:00 pm. They smell so good right now. Thanks for the recipe. Mine are taking a bit longer to cook as I used homemade sweetened condensed milk which was a bit thinner.

    1. They don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator unless you prefer to serve them cold. I think they taste best at room temperature. Thanks for asking!

  15. I made these today for my daughter to take to school for a party in her German class. I omitted the nuts due to obvious reasons (never knowing if their is a nut allergy in the bunch). Went together really quick and are baking now.

  16. Hey I am planning to make these soon, they look absolutely amazing! I have one question when I mix the cake mix with butter and eggs, do I use a mixer, or do I use a spoon

  17. I am so excited to make these but realized I bought the Devils Food with the pudding mix added. Will it ruin the recipe?

  18. I am not a cook or a baker. I wish the directions stated that the crust needed to be cooled before putting the condensed milk mixture on it. What I thought was going to be a easy delicious desert just landed in the trash. Total disaster.

    1. You are supposed to put it over the warm crust… it should be slightly undercooked. You don’t cut the bars until they are cooled or they will be too gooey.

        1. Usually 30-60 minutes. Sometimes I will put them outside on a cold day and they will cool quicker. Thanks for asking!

  19. Mmmmm these look so good, so obsessed with chocolate :/ oh and I still can’t believe I won your iPad mini giveaway, thank you so much.

  20. I’ve made something very similar to these before and they’re super good! Thanks for reminding me of this great recipe!