German Brownie Cookies
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ½
teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the German Chocolate Ingredients:
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
½ cup butter, softened
For the brownie cookies:
Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the chopped semisweet chocolate. Add butter and stir until smooth. Let it cool slightly.
Combine eggs and sugar: In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and granulated sugar until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add vanilla and chocolate: Add vanilla extract and melted chocolate butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
Mix dry ingredients: In another bowl, stir together all-purpose flour and baking powder. Gradually add this dry mixture to the chocolate mixture, stirring until well combined.
Place cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Place scoops of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each cookie dough for spreading. You can use a cookie scoop to create even cookies.
Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set and crackly. Be careful not to overbake them so they don’t become soft.
Cooling: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the German chocolate ingredients:
Combine ingredients: In a saucepan, combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and softened butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, usually about 10-12 minutes. It should cover the back of the spoon.
Cooling: Allow German chocolate topping to cool completely. It will thicken as it cools.
Place the cookies on top: Once the cookies and topping have cooled, spread the German chocolate topping over the cookies. You can do this with a spoon or spatula.
Make sure to monitor the cookies closely while baking to get the desired fudgy texture. Overbaking will cause the cookies to dry out.
If you like extra crunch, add chopped pecans or walnuts to the cookie dough.