German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

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German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies topped with a layer of cheesecake will be a big hit with coconut/chocolate lovers. The brownie layer is made with a box of German Chocolate cake mix with a few pecans and some shredded coconut added in for more german chocolate goodness. With only 4 ingredients in the cheesecake layer, this delicious dessert is simple to make but looks super impressive once dressed up with some whipped cream, grated chocolate, and toasted coconut.

German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I love the combination of chocolate on the bottom and cheesecake on top. As a child I hated coconut, but I have really became a fan of it in the last few years. I’ve always liked the flavor, and I’ve loved coconut milk (the thick, creamy kind) for many years. But I had always struggled with the texture of shredded coconut. Somehow, I made myself get used to it. I was missing out on too many good desserts otherwise!

If you’re a German Chocolate lover, check out these German Chocolate Bars. They are gooey, with lots of caramel flavor and a buttery shortbread crust.

To toast the coconut, put the desired amount in a nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until browned.

German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie

German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie

German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Part cheesecake, part brownies, this German Chocolate treat will become a favorite with chocolate/coconut lovers.
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  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box German chocolate cake mix
  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, toasted coconut, and grated chocolate for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, coconut, pecans, melted butter, and 1 egg. Use a fork to combine until crumbly. Mixture will be dry. Press into the bottom of a 9X13-inch pan. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, remaining 2 eggs, and vanilla.
  • Beat at medium speed with a mixer until smooth. Spread over cake mix layer.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until center is set. Let cool completely. Cut into squares and garnish with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and grated chocolate.

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Taste of the South March/April 2012

31 thoughts on “German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

  1. Brownies and cheesecake sounds like one heck of a combination! That I’ve never tried which clearly needs to change : ) And the german chocolate spin on it – man, that sounds good! Happy Friday!!

  2. These look incredible Christin! I love German Chocolate Cake and love the sound of these bars. The cheesecake layer takes these to another level and makes these such a decadent and amazing dessert 🙂

  3. These look delicious! I (thank goodness) have always loved coconut and the texture of it has never bothered me – but I’m with you – I love coconut milk too! I use coconut milk when I make white rice and it makes the kitchen smell amazing and the rice has fabulous flavor. What I love about this recipe is – I’m a huge fan of German chocolate and cheesecake is one of my favorite things, so topping them with coconut is definitely a recipe I’m trying! Pinned!

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