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German Chocolate Pancakes

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

The classic southern cake gets turned into an indulgent breakfast with these German Chocolate Pancakes with a thick, rich coconut and pecan syrup.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living 

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17 thoughts on “German Chocolate Pancakes”

  1. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    What a cool idea for pancakes. But hey, I see no problem with dessert for breakfast 😉

  2. Tommy Adams @ Breakfast Sandwich Maker Hub

    This looks SO good! Great recipe! Found you on Tasteologie 🙂

  3. Bam's Kitchen

    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…

  4. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    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?

  5. Tina Jui | The Worktop

    Wow, these are really WAY over the top pancakes! What a treat, though I’d probably pass out after eating just 1/4 of that stack.

  6. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    This pancake stack looks unbelievable! That is truly one decadent breakfast and one that I would gladly devour!

  7. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    Woah! These look like the coolest pancakes EVER! What an outrageous breakfast – I love it!

  8. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Wow, these are definitely over the top! That filling looks amazing. I think I’d need a morning nap after these! 🙂

  9. Mary @chattavore

    These look absolutely sinful, Christin! That filling!!!!!! I need these in my life RIGHT. NOW.

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh what a decadent breakfast, Christin! I would love to dive into these pancakes! So creative!

  11. 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!

  12. Joshua Hampton

    These pancakes are incredible. A whole stack of these will make me a very happy person.

  13. Oh dear.. these pancakes are as good as cake! Maybe even better, because it’s ok to have pancakes for breakfast 😀

  14. 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!

  15. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Oh my, that looks like an incredibly decadent pancake breakfast! What a treat these would be!

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