German Chocolate Pancakes

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I’ve made a lot of over the top pancake recipes that resemble dessert more than breakfast, but these German Chocolate Pancakes really take the cake. The classic southern cake is turned into a truly decadent breakfast with these German Chocolate Pancakes.

German Chocolate Pancakes


I saw these pancakes in a Southern Living magazine a while back and after I wiped the drool off the page, I ripped it out to put in my “Recipes to Try” pile.

German Chocolate Pancakes from Southern Living. Chocolate panckaes layered with coconut-pecan filling. Insanely delicious!

Chocolate pancakes are covered in a German Chocolate Syrup that resembles the icing that’s typically on a German Chocolate Cake. It’s amazingly sweet and rich.

These pancakes are probably too decadent to eat for breakfast. They’re maybe more suitable for dessert or a special brunch.

Southern Living's German Chocolate Pancakes. Chocolate pancakes layered with a thick coconut-pecan filling. Insanely delicious!


German Chocolate Pancakes - chocolate pancakes layered with a thick coconut-pecan filling. Insanely delicious recipe from Southern Living.

The pancakes have plenty of chocolate flavor from two types of chocolate- cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The crunch of pecans and chewy texture of shredded coconut, all covered in a supremely sweet and rich syrup is what really makes these pancakes. So much so that I changed the recipe some to make certain thee was plenty of this thick and gooey syrup.

German Chocolate Pancakes - chocolate pancakes layered with a thick coconut-pecan filling. Insanely delicious recipe from Southern Living.

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German Chocolate Pancakes

German Chocolate Pancakes

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
The classic southern cake gets turned into an indulgent breakfast with these German Chocolate Pancakes with a thick, rich coconut and pecan syrup.
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

German Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • Make German Chocolate Syrup. Combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens somewhat, about 8 to 10 minutes. (It will thicken much more as it cools some.)
  • Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut.
  • Make pancakes. In a large bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and eggs.
  • Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Heat a griddle or large nonstick pan over medium heat. Lightly coat with oil or melted butter. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook until done.


If syrup cools off too much before you serve it, you can warm it in the microwave.


Calories: 413kcal

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living 

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17 thoughts on “German Chocolate Pancakes

  1. Holy Moly Christin, these pancakes are over the top! What a fun little creation and just checked out your other fun stacked pancake recipes. It looks like Saturday can’t come fast enough…

  2. You are definitely the queen of making drool worthy pancakes and these pancakes are no exception. They look so indulgent and oh-so divine. How many moms out there do you think would love to see these greet them while they lounge in bed during this upcoming Mothers Day?

  3. Oh my goodness, BEST pancakes ever!!! I love German chocolate cake and in pancake form? I think my heart just skipped a beat! These look so incredible, Christin!

  4. These really do take the cake, Christin! I wouldn’t need my traditional slice of German chocolate cake for my birthday with these around. These look beyond amazing!

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