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German Chocolate Bars

"My mom gave me this recipe at Christmas when I wanted to make something different and yummy for gifts," notes Jennifer Sharp of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. "The chewy bars can be cut into larger pieces, but they're very rich," she adds.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (15 ounces) coconut-pecan frosting
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Place cake mix in a large bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Press 2-1/2 cups into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Drop frosting by tablespoonfuls over the chips.
  • Stir milk into the remaining crumb mixture; drop by teaspoonfuls over top. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until bubbly around the edges and top is cracked. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours before cutting.
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  • cookbookmom
    Feb 12, 2016

    Love these

  • DragonSlayersRosebud
    May 28, 2014

    very good, easy to make

  • ddevito11
    Mar 6, 2014

    ching chang chong chocolate is good

  • maryHodges
    Feb 7, 2014

    Made with no changes, although I did grease the pan. Got great reviews at the potluck. A new favorite!

  • manga
    Jan 30, 2014

    My bars were hard to cut and lift. It just all fell apart in one big mess. They turned out nothing like the picture. It all got scraped into the garbage.

  • delowenstein
    Oct 27, 2013

    I prepared these bars a # of times and they're GREAT! I've used either a German Chocolate Cake mix or a dark chocolate fudge cake mix or devil's food cake mix if I don't have the German chocolate cake mix available! If I don't have the coconut pecan icing, I used a can of milk chocolate frosting mixed with 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut. I used 6 Tbsp. milk instead of 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup)! I found that the balance of the crumb mixture was easier to stir! I did sprinkle the chocolate chips over the baked crust, then dropped the frosting over the chocolate chips. Then I dropped the the balance of the cake batter mixture (with the milk by teaspoonfuls over the top. I Baked 25 to 30 minutes or until top is cracked as stated in the recipe. I didn't chill! I did cool on a wire rack! I'd learned to discern chilling bars-sometimes I HAVE chilled them to allow bars to firm & other times, I noticed that it was harder to remove the bars from the pan. I also greased and floured my baking pan before I put the bars in pan to bake! For me, it's easier to remove a bar cookie from a pan which I greased and floured! These bars really go over well for any occasion! Thank you, Jennifer Sharp, for this recipe! Dawn E. Lowenstein

  • damoida
    Sep 25, 2012

    I, too, thought I'd missed something in the recipe, as it was soupy except for the edges. I kept cooking it more, for over an hour, until the top was medium brown. Only then, was it staying together after cooling. However, it was VERY good at that point. I'd make it again, but would cook at least an hour.

  • Gia8490
    Jan 8, 2012

    They were good but really sweet. I think next time I'm only going to use half the frosting. It was just too much to me.

  • lucyluey
    Dec 15, 2011

    I have made this recipe before, it's pretty good, but I do change the frosting over for melted caramels mixed with some evaporated milk. I think it's much better.

  • lindypat
    Jun 9, 2011