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German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

"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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46 m servings 105 cals
Original recipe yields 60 servings (5 dozen)


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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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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 m...

Most helpful critical review

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.

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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 m...

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 over...

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 t...

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. :( ...

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 ...

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! ...

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" co...

I was going to make German chocolate cake but stumbled into this recipe instead. This is a delicious cookie that is crispy on the edges and chewy in the center. I didn't have any pecans, but w...

The very BEST cookie I have ever eaten. I receive raves from everyone who tastes one...and it super easy to make.