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German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:60 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 113 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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shoba77 User ID: 4587679 272276
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2017

"There is something wrong with this recipe on the cake part adding 1/3 cup melted butter didn't get moist and too dry and crumble. What else did you add beside butter? What a wasted money! Recipe not cleared.

Maybe I will make it again but not using the cake mix. Topping is great!"

Netizen User ID: 4154355 269335
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2017

"Hate seeing things made with boxed cake mixes or premade frostings. Too many trans fats. :("

AnnaDurbs User ID: 7927638 267850
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"Sorry but I followed this to the letter but use Swiss chocolate cake mix. They taste okay but are very soft. Won't make again."

kdamerson User ID: 1783932 265820
Reviewed May. 10, 2017

"All I can say is WOW! These were fantastic and my office loved trying them out! I also did half the batch in 'thumbprints' and the rest in the batter and both were really good. Will definitely do again!"

jvaliante User ID: 6799366 258384
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016 Edited Dec. 21, 2016

"easy and very good,definitely chill first!Will be making these again."

Navarrotran User ID: 8282873 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 User ID: 1737743 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 User ID: 6420190 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 User ID: 5885400 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 User ID: 2115373 194456
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This is a winner for anyone that loves German chocolate cake!!!!!!!!!1"

canns User ID: 270833 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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