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German Chocolate Caramel Brownie Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

German Chocolate Caramel Brownies

German Chocolate Caramel Brownies

These German chocolate caramel brownies are one of those treats where a little piece goes a long way. They are absolutely decadent and will satisfy almost anyone's sweet tooth.

Made from scratch, they take a little while to make, but once you've tasted them, you won't mind. The result is a dense, rich brownie, topped with a layer of caramel and finished with a German chocolate cake frosting. They are best eaten with a fork because they can be a little messy.

The recipe is a three step process.

  1. Bake the brownies
  2. Make the caramel
  3. Make the frosting

Along with the recipe and instructions below, I have provided step-by-step photos.

Why not take an afternoon break, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and dig into one of these delightful goodies. You won't be disappointed.

What do you think about this recipe?

Ingredients

The ingredients are divided up by the three parts of the brownie.

Brownies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

You'll also need

  • 13 x 9 inch pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray

Caramel

  • 15 oz. caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk

German Chocolate Cake Frosting

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 2/3 cup flake coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Brownies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Prepare the 13x9 pan by lining it with foil and spraying on a generous coating of cooking spray. Note: Don't skip this step. This is a gooey brownie and it will stick to the pan.
  1. Melt the butter.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, mix all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
  5. Mix well and pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Don't over bake or it will be too dry.
  7. Cool completely before proceeding to the next step.

Caramel

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the caramels and the evaporated milk.
  2. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and pour over the cooled brownies.
  4. Make sure that the entire surface of the brownies is covered with the caramel.
  5. Set aside and cool completely.

German Chocolate Cake Frosting

  • In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Mix in the sugar and butter
  • Cook over medium heat for 12-13 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • The mixture should begin to boil gently, thicken, and turn a golden brown.
  • Do not overcook.
  • Remove from heat and mix in the coconut and pecans.
  • Cool completely and then carefully frost the caramel covered brownies.

The brownies can be served immediately or saved for later. They should be stored in the refrigerator and covered with plastic wrap or foil. It is best to leave the brownies in the foil lined pan.

These really are a special treat and are incredibly rich. I don't serve large pieces because it is so sweet, but people always seem to come back for seconds anyway.

Make these German chocolate caramel brownies today. They are well worth the effort.

German Chocolate Caramel Brownies

German Chocolate Caramel Brownies

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 11, 2020:

Great. Enjoy!

Janisa from Earth on July 08, 2020:

These photos are making me hungry!! I love German desserts and I'd love to try your variation of brownies :D

Jamie Stiles on May 10, 2020:

This web site is beyond annoying! All the ads popping up are ridiculous. Who knows if the recipe is good or not as I see no way to print it.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 16, 2015:

My pleasure Glimmer and you too. Brownies are my comfort food and my sweet spot.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 16, 2015:

Hi Kristen - Glad you enjoyed this hub. These are good, but really rich so a little piece goes a long way. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 14, 2015:

Glimmer, this is delicious! I love brownies! I would love to make it this summer. Voted up for useful!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2013:

I appreciate it Hezekiah. These are super sweet and yummy.

Hezekiah from Japan on November 06, 2013:

Wow, this would give me goose bumps.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 18, 2013:

I appreciate it LeslieOutlaw. Was away from the computer for a while so I am just getting back to comments now. I hope you gave this recipe a try. It is super decadent, but oh so good. Thanks for reading.

Leslie from South Carolina on August 10, 2013:

Wow, I need to go to the grocery store right now so I can make these. They are looking pretty yummy and I love German chocolate. Thanks for sharing :) Voted up !

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 23, 2013:

I'm happy you enjoyed this recipe. It really is tasty. Thanks so much for commenting Vivian.

Vivian-tmt-hnp from USA. on July 21, 2013:

4pm Sunday 21 July 2013

Dear Glimmer Twin Fan,

None can resist your sweet recipe and display.

I'm afraif of I'll gain weight.

Thank you

Vivian

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 10, 2013:

I appreciate it sgbrown! I hope you give it a try, but I wonder if leaving the coconut out might make the frosting too thin. Not sure about that, but if you make them like that, let me know. I know a lot of folks who don't like coconut either so it would be a good option. Thanks for commenting and reading.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 09, 2013:

OMGosh! These look so good! Chocolate, caramel and pecans, three of my favorite things. I may leave out the coconut, hubby won't eat it, silly him! I can't wait to try this! Voting up, useful and pinning! :) Oops! I meant to mention that your pictures are excellent!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 11, 2013:

Hi Vellur - I'm glad you liked the recipe and I appreciate the comments.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 10, 2013:

Great recipe, delicious! Makes me want to pop one of your brownies right into my mouth!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 01, 2013:

Thanks so much Phyllis Doyle - I hope you enjoy it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 01, 2013:

Thanks Rusticliving - I appreciate the support and I'm glad you liked the recipe. I hope you give it a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 01, 2013:

Took an Easter break so I am just getting back to comments today. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe Cathy. It takes some time to make, but I like it because it's made from scratch. Thanks for commenting.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 28, 2013:

OMGosh! I must try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

Liz Rayen from California on March 28, 2013:

Just have 6 words..... "I wanna live at your house!"

Voted up+UABI... just wish they would have a DELICIOUS category!

Lisa♥

Ms. Immortal from NJ on March 28, 2013:

I don't indulge in desserts very often so when I do I want the very best. This recipe looks exceptional! Can't wait, yum.

voted up.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 26, 2013:

Thanks Jackie - Not sure how I got that, but it probably won't last :-). This would be really good with a cup of coffee or tea. I don't think it's ever going to get warm around my area. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 26, 2013:

Hi vespa - You'll love this if you love those ingredients. The nice thing is the flavor of the caramel really shines through, even with the coconut topping. It is really rich though, so a small piece goes a long way. Thanks so much for commenting.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 25, 2013:

Wooo Hoooo 100 ...congrats! Wish I knew how to get one of those. lol

This recipe looks delicious and it is so cold out I think it would be so good with a pot of hot coffee, thank you!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 24, 2013:

This recipe immediately caught my eye. I love both brownies and caramel, so this is the perfect combination in my opinion. Of course, I'm also a fan of all things made from scratch, so I've added this to be "to do" list. Thank you!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 14, 2013:

I appreciate it pstraubie! This dessert is definitely not for people watching their diet, but it's fun to cheat sometimes. I hope you enjoy this dessert and have making it. Have a great weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 14, 2013:

Thanks so much teaches! Make yourself a special treat this weekend. I appreciate you reading the hub and your nice comments.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 14, 2013:

Ok, call the police...this should be against the law. I am trying to revamp my old eating habits and along comes this piece of divinity that is making me drool.

I am bookmarking this to add to my recipe files. Voted u and pinned :)

Sending Angels to you today and keeping a few for myself to help me restrain myself from eating all of this when I make it :) ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 14, 2013:

Thanks AliciaC! Caramel and chocolate is a great combo. I appreciate the nice comments.

Dianna Mendez on March 14, 2013:

When that picture popped up in my face --- I was sold! Wow! Love this recipe idea and just want a piece right now!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 13, 2013:

I had to read this hub when I saw that it was about chocolate and caramel - two of my favorite tastes! The brownies sound and taste absolutely delicious. Thank you very much for the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Itsrainingcoffee. I hope you give them a try. They are really good with a cup of coffee too!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 11, 2013:

Hi Michelle - Dessert is almost always good before the meal! At least that is what my daughter always tries to convince me. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 11, 2013:

Thank you for all of the support rajan! We finally finished these off over the weekend. I can't make these too often because they are not good for the waistline.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Eddy. Hope you get to give it a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 11, 2013:

Hi Makerbaker - I don't mind if you use my brownie photo for your desktop background. Thanks for asking.

Alexander from N.J. USA on March 10, 2013:

These look amazing, I can't wait to try them! Thank you!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 10, 2013:

This may be one of those times when I will have desert before the meal. Thanks for sharing, Glim!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 09, 2013:

Looks delicious and rich. Great recipe and excellent photos.

Voted up, awesome and pinned. Rated 5 stars.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 09, 2013:

Another great recipe for me to save. Thank you for sharing.

Eddy.

Mike from Providence, Ri on March 08, 2013:

do you mind if I download your picture? ( I am going to set it as my desktop background).

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Martin - My husband told me (jokingly) that I needed to get them out of the house because he keeps eating them. Hope you give them a try. Thanks for the comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Thank you so much Careermommy - I'm sure they will turn out well. Thanks so much for reading the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Hi BrightMeadow - They are a little evil, but in a good way. I hope you like the brownies. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Thanks so much travmaj. I appreciate your kind comments and the caramel is one of my favorite parts.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Hi Jill - Wow! Thanks so much. Pinterest is a lot of fun, but I could end up spending far too much time if I allowed myself. I'm glad you liked the hub and thanks so much for the nice comments and support!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on March 07, 2013:

Wow! Talk about decadence. Thank you for this.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 07, 2013:

Wow, Glimmer Twin Fan, these look amazing! I will have to get the nerve to make these. Hopefully, they will come out half as decent as how yours look. Nice recipe!

BrightMeadow from a room of one's own on March 07, 2013:

Evil. . . Evil Brownies . . . Of course I'm going to have to try you.

travmaj from australia on March 07, 2013:

Mmmm - I like - my mouth is watering - love all the ingredients but the caramel touch just grabs me. Well presented hub and sooo tempting.

Jill Spencer from United States on March 07, 2013:

This looks like it would be a real hit! I pinned it and that pin has been repinned 27 x just today! A real winner. This would make a good HOTD.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Sunshine! I've eaten far more than my fair share of these today. That's the problem with writing recipe hubs. Thanks for reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thank you so much MakerBaker. I appreciate it.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 07, 2013:

This recipe makes me regret giving up sweets. I almost had a relapse, but I held tough. Enjoy one for me too! Fab hub!!

Mike from Providence, Ri on March 07, 2013:

Wow, this is an amazing recipe

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Hi Bill - Thanks so much for the nice comments. I find I don't use coconut as much as I'd like, but this recipe makes good use of it. Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Oh boy Iammattdoran - Make these as a treat for yourself after your tooth has healed. I sympathize, root canals are no fun. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thanks sgiguere. The only problem is now they are in my fridge and I am continually tempted to go grab one. Thanks for the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Glad you enjoyed the hub Troyangeluk. The combination is really good so if you like all the ingredients, then you will like the brownie. Thanks for reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thanks Just_Rodney. I appreciate you reading my hub and your nice comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Hi Kathryn - It is definitely super decadent, but oh so gooey and good. I hope you give it a try and that your mom likes it too. Thanks for commenting.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 07, 2013:

Boy do I love these. Chocolate and coconut are two of my favorite things. The pictures are mouth watering :)

Matt Doran from Manchester, UK on March 07, 2013:

Oh my god these look amazing! If I wasn't due to have root canal surgery I'd be all over these!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thank you so much moonlake. They are definitely like german chocolate cake so I bet you'll enjoy the recipe. I appreciate the comments and support!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Radcliff - Your nurse comment made me chuckle! I'm glad you liked the photos and thanks so much for your nice comments. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

I appreciate it divacratus. I love to bake so these were fun for me to make and they are worth the effort. I hope you give them a try sometime. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

I just wish science would invent something that tasted like this but had no calories LadyFiddler! Thanks so much for your kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Peggy W. The brownies could definitely stand on their own, but the toppings make it extra special. Thanks for reading and sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Hi Crystal Tatum - I just had one with coffee and it is good. I have to limit myself to one though. I hope you give the recipe a try. I appreciate your comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Mary. I'm going to have to skip a bunch of meals because of these brownies! I appreciate the support.

Stephanie Giguere from Worcester, MA on March 07, 2013:

These sound amazing, and your pictures are amazing as well!

Troyangeluk from UK on March 07, 2013:

Never tried any kind of geman chocolate cake but I know I love brownies and couldn't miss this hub without a look :), nice work.

Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on March 07, 2013:

Looks great and you make it sounds so easy, I like!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 07, 2013:

German Chocolate cake is my favorite, and this looks very similar. I have never heard of German Chocolate brownie. Mmm, with caramels!

I am going to want to try this sometime. It looks decadent! My mother would love this, too.

moonlake from America on March 07, 2013:

These look so good. We love German chocolate cake so I know we would like these. Voted up shared and pinned.

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on March 07, 2013:

Goodnight nurse! That photo makes you want to reach right through the screen and grab those brownies! Thanks for sharing :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Hi kitkat1141. I bought 3 small bags of caramels (5 oz. per bag) in the candy section of the grocery store and each one had about 20 - 24 square caramels. It depends on the caramels you buy, but check the label to make sure. I'm glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thanks Susan! The pan of these is sitting in my fridge and is tempting me as I write this comment.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Many thanks Thelma. I appreciate all of the support. Hope you like the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

It's been so dreary here Bill that I thought I would make something yummy. I hope you make them so you and Bev can have a sweet treat this evening. Thanks so much for your nice remarks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

Thank you so much lemonkerdz. I hope you give them a try sometime. I appreciate the comments.

Kalpana Iyer from India on March 07, 2013:

Don't these just look divine! Yummmm! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have to try it out someday. Not that much into baking but if I want a slice of that I've got to make it myself.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on March 07, 2013:

This looks so scrumptious when will science invent e-eating where I can put my hands and pull the food stuff through the screen. Yummy lol

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2013:

The photo looks like you could almost reach into the screen and take a bite of it. Wow! The brownies alone all by themselves would be good. Talk about icing on the cake! This recipe does that and more!!! Up votes and sharing.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on March 07, 2013:

Wow, if these taste as good as they look, I'm going to be in trouble! Voted up and shared!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 07, 2013:

I made the mistake of reading this before I ate today! I'd skip a meal and just eat these delicious Brownies. I have bookmarked this recipe cause I'll be back.

Voted UP and will share.

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2013:

Wow! Looks amazing. Approximately how many caramels is 15 ounces? This has all of my favorite things- chocolate, caramel and coconut!!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2013:

Pinning your recipe for a later date, if I can wait that is :) These brownies look amazing!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 07, 2013:

Yummy! I love this recipe. I will try this soon. Your step by step instructions are easy to follow. Thanks for sharing and pinned.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 07, 2013:

Are you kidding me??? Are you kidding me??? I don't think I have ever seen anything that looked so delicious. Oh my God, where have these been all my life? I am definitely trying these. Thank you for this recipe. :)

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on March 07, 2013:

Chocolate! Caramel! in the same recipe? where do i sign the dotted line?

Love the fact you use your own really good photos & the last photo just seals it. Going to have to make this soon, Voted up and shared

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 07, 2013:

I am literally in the process of looking up your hub (it's open in another tab) about brownie tips and getting ready to link it. I love your aluminum foil liner steps but I then forgot to add the link before I hit publish. I got too excited about publishing I guess. Thanks for the comments.

Natasha from Hawaii on March 07, 2013:

I love lining pans with foil! It makes cleaning up so much easier. Great recipe.