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


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon 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: 113 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  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

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Navarrotran 222230
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"All I can say is "YUMMMYYYYYYYYY"

I've tried the cookie using the thumbprint method and I've also have an alternate way to use the topping...... I mix it into the cookie batter:) comes out just as delicious and it's not as much work! I've made this recipe about 6-7x and I'm going to make it again (after I review it)I'm really trying to eat clean and get some abs here,but this recipe is my Achilles heel! ( Oh and for the butter, I substitute that with coconut oil)
Side note: I'm NOT even a fan of German chocolate!!!!!!!!!!
(Made this for my dad for his bday cz he's the one that loves german chocolate cake)"

Dianaore 119178
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."

gwashington1961 136668
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!!!"

lmg11885 124463
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."

redhkirk 194456
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

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

canns 124462
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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