German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe -
German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 46 mins

German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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"A chewy chocolate cookie topped with a German chocolate icing. Very good, and they freeze wonderfully if you have any left to freeze. Do not substitute canned frosting or you will be disappointed."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    26 mins

    46 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, milk, 1/2 cup butter, vanilla and egg yolk. Blend well. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 13 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir frequently. Stir in coconut and pecans. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  3. Reserve 1 1/4 cups of the topping mixture and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter and remaining topping mixture. Stir by hand until thoroughly moistened. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Using your finger, make an indention in center of each ball. Fill each indention with 1/2 teaspoon of reserved topping.
  4. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 26, 2007

These cookies taste good, especially the icing, but they aren't that attractive. A couple of tips--be sure, so that your egg mixture doesn't curdle (it's supposed to be smooth)cook it only on medium. Do not be tempted to get it boiling faster by turning up the heat, or you'll have a mess! Also, I made a couple of test cookies since I read the reviews about how bad they turned out, and I decided to press the dough into a mini muffin pan. Fill each muffin space about halfway full, then press a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon into the center to form the hole. You can then shape the dough around your hole to help get a better look. Fill the hole with the icing mixture, and bake. You'll get cuter cookies that can't spread since they are confined to the muffin cups! These do taste good, and I may use a more chocolatey cake next time for better color & flavor. My brother-in-law (the sole reason I made these) loved them, as he is a huge German chocolate cake fan.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 19, 2007

The cookies turned out ugly and flat. They tasted just ok. I made the mistake of not reading the reviews till after I made them.

Jan 31, 2007

Excellent cookie recipe! I loved the convenience of using a cake mix for the majority of the cookie dough. The coconut/pecan topping was actually really easy to make from scratch, and not overly sweet like the canned versions. I added 1/2 cup of flour to the cookie batter as suggested by the other reviewers, and chilled the dough before making the cookies and in between batches - they came out beautifully. My husband loves German Chocolate Cake so I can't wait for him to try these! ** I've made these cookies multiple times and found that added about 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips to the batter makes it even better and brings out more of the chocolate flavor! :)

Mar 04, 2005

I made 2 batches in the same day. Batch #1: made exactly as stated, and put dough in fridge. Cookies spread to 3", and were flat. Batch #2: I significantly cut the amount of filling I added to the cake mix, hoping the cookies wouldn't be so flat and spread so much. No appreciable difference. These taste great -- unique blend of crunchy and chewy. My guests adored them, and asked for the recipe! But beware: they spread a LOT. Even making them in 1" balls yields a 3" cookie. I had a lot of filling left over after Batch #1 and even more with Batch #2 and froze it for I-don't-know-what. The only way I'd improve them would be to somehow make them not as flat. Perhaps adding 50% more coconut and nearly that much more pecans would help bulk them up. Whatever, I highly recommend these. They're addictive: be sure to make more than enough for what you need, because you'll end up eating several while they're still warm from the oven. Mmmmm!

Oct 07, 2007

I've made dozens of yummy recipes from this site over the years, but this one drove me to actually write a review. Someone I adore loves German Chocolate Cake, but he also lives far away. :( GCTC to the rescue. At first I snickered at the thought of using a cake mix for the cookie dough. Then I felt a little devilish at the thought of getting away with it. The first batch valiantly gave itself in the name of research. My sister dedicated herself to scrutinizing the cookie batter while her husband choked down the filling. After passing reviews, batch #2 was apparenly abducted by aliens while setting up in the fridge. Batch #3 turned out beautifully, and was packed and on its way to the object of my affection. Without even trying the originally recipe, I followed the pack and added the 1/2 c flour to the cookie batter. I also refrigerated the dough overnight and used a sorbet scoop to portion the dough and a small melon baller to hollow out an indentation for the filling. Save yourself alot of grief and just make a double batch to begin with so half can be devoured "raw" and the other half can make it to the oven.

Dec 24, 2006

These were ugly, butyummy! Since they were ugly and I was taking them to work, I decided to put the dough in an 8x8 pan, then put the topping mixture on. These were the best "brownies" I have ever made! I baked them for about 35 mnutes. I just kept checking them. I did end up taking some of the ugly cookies to work and one lady said they were the best cookies she had ever had! NOTE-I am high altitude, about 7000 above sea level, so not sure if they flattened due to that. I may try baking powder next time. (and I did add the extra 1/2 cup or so of flour because they were too sticky to work with). I think I will stick with the brownie version for now!

Oct 18, 2005

These are great cookies! I added 1/2 cup of flour to the dough and chilled for 30 minutes and they turned out perfect! They did not run and were the perfect "cookie" texture and looked great! Were a huge hit at my husband's company. Also, I did have alot of filling left, so maybe use only 1/2 next time...these made 4 doz. cookies for me.

Dec 03, 2003

I brought these to a Christmas party--having never made them before--and guests loved them. I have had several requests for the recipe since then. Very easy, but do not appear to be an "easy" cookie.


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  • Calories
  • 105 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 92 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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