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German Chocolate Cookie Bars

A recipe for German Chocolate Cookie Bars - a dessert that has a cake-like chocolate cookie base topped with caramel, coconut, and chocolate chips.
Cuisine German
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Author Renee

Ingredients

For the Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Base:

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs room temp
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

For the Topping:

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk 14 ounce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

For the Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Base

  1. Line an 8X8 square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and espresso powder.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix until fully combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the cocoa powder and mix until fully combined.
  4. Slowly add the flour and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips. Press the dough into the baking pan and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F while you make the topping.

For the Topping:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in bowl. Spread evenly over top of the chilled cookie dough.
  2. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. You don’t want to over-bake the cookie or it’ll be dry. It’ll continue baking after you remove the pan from the oven. Allow to fully cool before removing from the pan and slicing.
  3. The less you bake this, the fudgier ‘n gooier it’ll be, which is perfect in my book. You can store the bars at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days. Afterwards (if they last that long) keep them in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for German Chocolate Cookie Bars - a dessert that has a cake-like chocolate cookie base topped with caramel, coconut, and chocolate chips.