German Chocolate Bars and Brownies

Most people believe that "German chocolate" orginated in Germany, but that's not exactly accurate.

The idea for German chocolate can be traced back to an American named Sam German.

It seems that around 1852 Sam developed a new brand of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker's Chocolate Company.

In honor of Mr. German, this new product was named Baker's German Sweet Chocolate.

The popularity of Baker's German Sweet Chocolate mushroomed about 105 years later when a lady from Dallas, Texas sent in a recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" to a local newspaper.

Without knowing, a new baking trend had just been born.

With that little history of what is German chocolate, we now share this delicious recipe for German Chocolate Bars.

And the best part, it all begins with a SuperMoist Cake Mix!

German Chocolate Bars

German Chocolate Bars

Easy German Chocolate Bars Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package Betty Crocker SuperMoist German Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package (6 ounces or 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tub Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Coconut Pecan ready-to-spread frosting
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, cut butter into cake mix using pastry blender or fork, until mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  4. Press half the mixture (2 1/2 cups) into bottom of prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven (leave oven on), and sprinkle chocolate chips over baked layer.
  7. Drop frosting by tablespoonfuls over chocolate chips.
  8. Stir milk into remaining cake mixture.
  9. Drop cake mixture by teaspoonfuls onto frosting layer.
  10. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cake portion is slightly dry to touch.
  11. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack.
  12. Refrigerate until firm.
  13. Cut bars into desired size and shape.
    Cookie Bar Cutting Tip: If the frosting sticks to the knife and makes the bars crumble. moisten the knife before cutting and wipe it clean after each cut.

Nutrition information based on 2x1-inch size bars (per 1 bar):
Calories 125 (Calories from Fat 65); Fat 7g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 140mg; Carbohydrate 15g; Dietary Fiber 0g; Protein 1g

German Chocolate Brownies
Sweet cooking chocolate is sometimes called German sweet chocolate. It is similar to semi-sweet chocolate but has more sugar and can easily be found in your local grocery store packaged in 4-ounce bars.

German Chocolate Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies Recipe

For the Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (4-ounce) bar Baker's German Chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Lightly grease 8-inch or 9-inch suqare baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter and German chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add eggs and beat well.
  6. Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  7. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 18 to 26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Remove pan from oven (turn oven to broil), and place pan on wire rack.
  10. Prepare the topping:
    In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and milk and blend well. Stir in coconut and chooped nuts.
  11. Drop topping by teaspoonfuls evenly over warm brownies and spread gently.
  12. Broil about 4 inches from heat for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until bubbly.
  13. Remove from oven and cool pan completely on wire rack.
  14. Cut brownies into desired size and shape.

This recipe makes about 16 German Chocolate Brownies.

German Chocolate Cake Mix Brownies
Sinfully delicious rich and chocolatey cookie bar brownie treats.

German Chocolate Cake Mix Brownies

German Chocolate Cake Mix Brownies

German Chocolate Cake Mix Brownies Recipe

  • 2 packages (18.25 ounces each) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) caramel candies
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Lightly grease and flour 13x9-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 package dry cake mix, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk.
  3. Spread batter in prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake until top is slightly dry, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and place pan on wire rack; slightly pat down with back of a spoon.
  6. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt caramels and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. Stir constantly until mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour caramel layer over baked layer.
  8. Sprinkle chocolate chips over caramel layer.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining package of cake mix, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/3 cup butter and remaining evaporated milk.
  10. Drop by teaspoonfuls and spread evenly over chocolate chip layer.
  11. Sprinkle with flaked coconut.
  12. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cake portion is slightly dry to the touch.
  13. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  14. Cut brownies into desired size and shape.

This recipe makes about 48 German Chocolate Cake Mix Brownies.

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