German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

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German Chocolate Brownies topped with a layer of cheesecake will be a big hit with coconut/chocolate lovers. Very easy to make!

One Cheesecake Brownie on a small white plate.

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.

Close-up of German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie


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.

German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies Recipe Tips:

  • Be sure to let the cream cheese sit out for a good while to soften or it will be lumpy when you beat it.
  • To toast the coconut, put the desired amount in a nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until browned.
  • Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.


Overhead of 2 brownies topped with whipped cream, coconut, and chocolate shavings.

Try These Other Delicious German Chocolate Desserts:

One Cheesecake Brownie on a small white plate.

German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: coconut, German Chocolate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 339kcal
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.


Calories: 339kcal

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

Originally published January 9, 2014.


Close-up of brownie with text overlay "German Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies"

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 brownies look amazing! i am a big fan of German Chocolate, but the thought of going through the process of making a whole cake can be quite the hassle!! I love this version!! and adding the cheesecake layer was very clever!!

  4. 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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