German Chocolate Cookies Recipe
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German Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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A handy boxed cake mix hurries along the preparation of these chewy cookies studded with chips and raisins. "I make them for our family reunion each year, and they always get rave reviews," says Leslie Henke of Louisville, Colorado.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 205 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, oats and eggs until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and raisins.
  2. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool for 5 minutes; before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as German Chocolate Cookies in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p44

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kdamerson User ID: 1783932 265821
Reviewed May. 10, 2017

"We are not big raisin fans around here so we went for pecans instead and they were very good and of course my 'guinea pigs' at the office loved them. Next time I might add coconut along with the oats and nuts. But great recipe!"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 242660
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"Wonderful easy and delicious recipe! I substituted pecans for the raisins and they were a real hit at my office. I will definitely be making these again."

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 223682
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"These are yummy and simple. I use walnuts instead of raisins. Thank you for this recipe."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 48811
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"I make these as written with no changes. Great chocolate flavor and so hard to eat just one!"

ddevito11 User ID: 7704909 69778
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"So good"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 48808
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"This is a great 'any season' cookie recipe! Try a 'limited edition' cake mix- For instance 'Carmel Apple' cake mix with butterscotch chips. 'Key Lime pie' or ''Red Velvet' with white chocolate chips. 'Carrot' with raisins and nuts. One of the best is 'Strawberry' with coconut and white chocolate chips-- Beautiful!!"

TimedOut User ID: 7143231 59883
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"This recipe was great. It is quick, easy and has a basic foundation that allows for variety by using substitutions. The changes I made was to use a devils food cake flavor and white chocolate chips."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 70119
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

"Everyone loved these, but I left out the raisins."

gwashington1961 User ID: 6420190 66787
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"This recipe can be made double or triple, to get enough to put some away in the freezer for a backup in the event you get unexpected drop-in company. The raisins are often suggested to be replaced with chopped pecans. To keep the inside of the cookies moist and chewy, work out the basics you want to include. These are so tasty, you can bake up a few batches for the BSA Troop to carry with themselves on a campout. The boys must remember to store them tied up high in a 'bear bag' to prevent a furry critter from getting into their Troop food supplies. Just tie the bags up high, & out on a limb to prevent any bears from getting into the bags."

brianal08 User ID: 4435125 48806
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"I make these cookies quite often because they are so easy. I also like to make a double or triple batch and put some in the freezer so I always have some on hand!"

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