German Chocolate Ring

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling


24 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This recipe is modeled after German sweet chocolate cake, which is my favorite, so it's no wonder I enjoy making and eating this sweet-tasting bread! You can make it ahead and freeze to bring out when you need an easy showstopper. —Anne Frederick, New Hartford, New York
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  • 1-1/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided


  1. In small bowl, combine 1 cup coconut, 3/4 cup chocolate chips, pecans and 1 egg; set aside. In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast. In small saucepan, heat milk and 4 tablespoons butter to 120°-130°; add to flour mixture, beating until smooth. Add remaining eggs and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; turn onto lightly floured surface. Roll dough into an 18x10-in. rectangle. Melt remaining butter and brush over dough; spread with reserved chocolate mixture.
  4. Roll up dough jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on greased baking sheet. Pinch ends together to form a ring.
  5. With scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips; let stand for 5 minutes. Spread melted chips; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Carefully remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 222 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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