German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
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German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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I love anything with the German chocolate combination of chocolate, pecans and coconut. The taste is most often associated with cake—until now! —Kathleen Morrow, Hubbard, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 113 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat. Stir in the coconut, pecans and vanilla. Set aside 1-1/4 cups for topping.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, flour, melted butter and remaining coconut mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Fill each cookie with a teaspoonful of reserved topping.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p41

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 113 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Loved these, and for once I will say mine turned out better looking that the picture in the magazine! They are a bit messy but they taste heavenly. With the batter having no raw eggs for a person who loves to eat the dough I indulged in that too without guilt and fear. They are a bit messy to make getting that filling in the small hole of a spoon was a waste of time so I went with other options for making the hold in the batter. These were a desert favorite from all my guys and grandparents too."

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"A terrific way to cook the basic ingredients for a very rich cookie base. Ending with a German Chocolate Cake Mix to fill-out the cookie batter, this is a rich cookie. It will serve well for a special occasion or over any Holiday! Read the directions, to understand just how the 'Thumbprint' feature is used! Enjoy!!!"

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Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"Since I can't send my mom German chocolate cake (her favorite) for Mother's Day, I mailed her these cookies instead. She loved them! They were gone in a couple of days. The next time I make them, I will definitely try to refrigerate them longer. They were a bit messy to handle."

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This is a winner for anyone that loves German Chocolate Cake!!!!!!!!!1"

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This cookie tastes just like a piece of German Chocolate cake, so rich. I recommend you chill the dough longer than one hour for easier handling."

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