German Chocolate Cake Cookies

German Chocolate Cake Cookies ~ Your favorite cake in a cookie form makes for a perfect addition to your holiday cookie baking.

German Chocolate Cake Cookie

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Up until now I’ve never made a stuffed cookie. It was only after I saw Jaime of My Baking Addiction’s Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie that I fell in love with the idea of a stuffed cookie.

And since I had some left over filling from my German Chocolate Cake and being one who hates to waste, this was the perfect solution—inspiration meets frugalness.

Going for a two-fer baking session, I was also testing a new recipe of my own for chocolate cookies. So there I was anxiously standing in front of the oven, flipping the light on and off and crossing my fingers the cookies were not spreading into flat discs, or worse, explode into a messy disaster.

Luckily, neither happened, they came out deep and rich in chocolate flavor with a nice chewy edge and a cake-like crumb.

This is one of my favorite creations and it’s also one of Matt’s. Rarely, does he rave about a cookie. If he does, it’s usually a peanut butter sort, but he loved these. In fact he said he liked it better than the German Chocolate Cake (I’m still not sure if I like the sound of that). But I do know if my picky husband loves something, it’s usually a good sign of success.

That said, I will be adding this new German Chocolate Cake Cookie to my holiday cookie box.

A few notes:

  • This is a forgiving dough and extra handling does not affect the texture, so make sure when you are forming it, you do so with the fewest amounts of wrinkles or they will show up in the end result.
  • I experimented with three finishes, one without any sugar, a second rolled in granulated sugar and a third in Turbinado sugar. My personal preference was for the Turbinado since it imparted a slight bite in flavor and it gave the cookie an added texture.
  • Use a high quality cocoa powder like Scharffen Berger, as it does make a huge difference in flavor.
  • To cut down on time, make your filling and refrigerate overnight. Aside from the time factor, I recommend it as it will make rolling the filling easier and less sticky. Refrigerating it overnight also allows the toasted pecan flavor to come through more deeply.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Yields 32-36 1 inch cookies.

Preparation: Line cookie sheet with parchment and heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step-by-Step Assembly
Step-by-Step Assembly

German Chocolate Filling click here for the recipe

Make the recipe and be sure to refrigerate it for at least three hours for easy handling, otherwise it will be very sticky and difficult to roll into a ball. For best flavoring, refrigerate filling overnight.

Chocolate Cookie Dough


  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • ½ cup  of cocoa powder, all natural (not Dutch processed)
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of butter, melted (not hot)
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup


  1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, espresso powder, baking soda and salt in bowl and mix together thoroughly with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. Combine the warm butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and light corn syrup in a bowl and mix together thoroughly with a whisk. Slowly add flour mixture and stir just until incorporated.


  1. Measure out a teaspoon of German chocolate filling and roll into a ½ inch ball. Pinch off a tablespoon of the chocolate dough and flatten into a 1 inch disk. Then place German chocolate filling on the center of the flatten disk. Fold sides up and roll into a one inch ball. Optional: Roll in Turbinado sugar or granulated sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet one inch apart.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
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37 Responses to “German Chocolate Cake Cookies”

  1. #
    Joyti — October 22, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    I think I actually gasped out loud when I saw the title of your entry and the accompanying photograph…those look and sound SOOO good! Seriously, I’ve bookmarked the recipe onto my laptop.


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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — October 22, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    PURE GENIUS, Naomi. This inspires me to experiment!!


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    briarrose — October 22, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    Wow! Wonderful, unique stuffed cookie.


  4. #
    Lora — October 22, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    gorgeous cookies!


  5. #
    Hannah — October 22, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    Not only is this a brilliant concept, but the cookies themselves look perfect as well! Wow, I really want to try this… I may have just found the first addition to my holiday cookie plate!


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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — October 22, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    I just made Jamie’s Rolo cookies last night! Oooh boy, when I show these to my husband, I’m gonna have to make these too. I like the idea of turbinado sugar too. They’re beautiful!


  7. #
    Maria — October 22, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    I am a cookie fanatic and I am loving these! Stumbled:)


  8. #
    Kristen — October 22, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    Those look incredibly tasty, Naomi!


  9. #
    Cupcake Activist — October 22, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    Interesting idea! I haven’t been German chocolate in cookie form yet. I think I would like this better.


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    Joanne — October 22, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    I’m happy to see a fellow Scharffenberger lover! And a fellow german chocolate lover! these sound amazing. What a great idea to use up the extra filling. Can’t let something that tasty go to waste.


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    Michelle — October 22, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

    These would be such a great addition to a cookie platter for the holidays. I know my mom and my sister would be crazy about them and probably hide them so they didn’t have to share.


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    Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. — October 22, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

    YUM! These look amazing! I’m sure the German Chocolate filling inside is a nice surprise when you take a bite. Thanks for the photo tutorial! My husband would love these!


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — October 23, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    What an amazing idea. I think I may have to make these for my dad since he is German Chocolate Cake freak! Thanks so much for the shout out!


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    Katie | goodLife {eats} — October 23, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    These sound so awesome! I’m a big fan of german chocolate cake but we never have it because our son doesn’t like the texture of the frosting. Maybe he can handle it in cookie form!


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    Lisa — October 23, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    I love this! Very inventive and a great way to use up previous project’s leftovers. And I like your tutorial!


  16. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — October 23, 2010 @ 3:36 am

    You are killing me girl, these cookies look amazing. That German Chocolate filling must be so freaking awesome. Great recipe & perfect to wow holiday guests.


  17. #
    Paula — October 23, 2010 @ 4:43 am

    Absolutely love the sound and look of these cookies even if they do are a lot of trouble.


  18. #
    LimeCake — October 23, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    the idea of a stuffed cookie is genius! i’d gladly swap these for fried dumplings! lol


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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — October 23, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    Very, very clever!!!!!!!!! When I have more time, I will definitely be investiating the stuffed cookie idea. Cuz I saw them rolos on Jamie’s site too. Need to step it up!!



  20. #
    Heavenly Housewife — October 23, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Wow, this is so clever and original, an absolute beauty!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH


  21. #
    Dave — October 24, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    These cookies are pure genius! I love German chocolate cake and these are a great twist. You’ve inspired me to start planning my holiday baking early this year.


  22. #
    Crustabakes — October 24, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

    what a great way to use up those filling. these cookies sound fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!


  23. #
    Carolyn Jung — October 24, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    You totally had me with that crunchy sugar exterior. My favorite kind of cookie. ;)


  24. #
    diva — October 25, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    what an idea! Thanks for the inspiration Naomi. I’ve been getting quite bored of my regular cookie recipes. Might try this with some leftover cake!


  25. #
    Megan — October 25, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Yum, stuffed cookies sounds absolutely delicious. Great photography. I love the one that shows the steps you take.


  26. #
    Tracy — October 25, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    Um, I’m kind of in love with these. They immediately went on my to-make list!


  27. #
    Cookbook Queen — October 25, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    I LOVE these!! My husband is a German chocolate cake fanatic. It’s a man thing. He would totally love these.


  28. #
    Jenny — October 25, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    You are becoming my favorite blogger! These look … WOW…


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    My Man's Belly — October 26, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    German chocolate cake anything is always a hit at our house. I’ve made GCC brownies, but these cookies look like a much better option to make if I need to take them somewhere (like into the corner to snarf them all up. ;)


  30. #
    Susan: My Food Obsession — October 28, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Yum… these look so good!


  31. #
    Michelle — October 28, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    These look so good. I’m glad to see that Jamie’s cookies also had someone else thinking about the wondrous possibilities of stuffed cookies. I made Jamie’s Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies… and I’ll probably never be able to make another cookie that lives up to it’s awesomeness. The chocolate chip recipe alone was so delicious and buttery, and the Rolo center just took it over the top! I’ve also been thinking about what else I could stuff cookies with. I’m thinking… Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups?? Milky Ways??


  32. #
    momwhats4dinner — October 31, 2010 @ 1:57 am

    what a great idea! I love cookies that have a surprise in them! thanks for sharing!


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    vanillasugar — November 4, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    oh my gosh am i glad i found your website (I know i already said that) but wow. you have talent. love these and MUST make this wknd.


  34. #
    Corie — January 13, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    I finally got around to making these wonderful cookies this past weekend for a family get together. As expected, they were WONDERFUL!
    Mine just turned out to be very flat and wanted to break in half when handled because they were so thin and soft. Did I maybe do something wrong? (No one complained though – kinda hard to do when you have a mouth full of cookie.)


    • Sharon replied: — September 23rd, 2014 @ 7:15 am

      I made these and mine came out quite flat too, but awesome.. One thing though, I had about twice as much filling as I needed, so will tweak the recipe next time


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    Janey Luper — March 13, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    I made these the other day for my husband’s birthday. He, and fam, loved them! I also loved snacking on the cookie dough. :)


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