German Chocolate with Pretzel Crust Bars Recipe

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Sweet, salty, chewy and sensational, these moist bars are pretty, very rich and finger-lickin’ good. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2-1/4 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 173 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 137 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pretzels, egg and butter. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and corn syrup until blended. Fold in coconut, chips and pecans; pour over crust. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until edges are brown and center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as German Chocolate Bars in Simple & Delicious December/January 2011, p15

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"People rave over these bars when I make delicious!"

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"These were tasty however mine came out very, very gooey. I baked them as directed by the recipe but I don't think they really ever set up. I like all the flavors together, but am disappointed that they seemed very under-baked. They don't look that runny in the photo so I'm assuming they're not supposed to be. I may try to make them one more time and bake them even longer and just hope they firm up more but don't burn!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"These were good, but over the top sweet for me. I think it was the butterscotch chips that threw it over the edge for me. I'd prefer to just make Hello Dolly's. I like them a lot more."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"These are great! My husband loved them and I am making the second batch in one week. I thought they might be too gooey when they came out of the oven, but after they cooled they were firmer and they disappeared in a wink!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"These were FABULOUS!!! I got nothing but compliments on them! The only thing different I did was use crushed graham cracker instead of the crushed pretzels. This recipe is an absolute must keep!!!!"

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