Dense, rich, fudgy brownies topped with a coconut and pecan frosting that’s sweet and full of texture from shredded coconut and pecans.

Dense, rich, fudgy brownies topped with a coconut and pecan frosting that's sweet and full of texture from shredded coconut and pecans.

The brownies are an easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that’s as fast as using a boxed mix and they turn out fudgy with zero cakiness. The frosting takes less than 10 minutes to make and tastes so good on top of these decadent brownies that are the best German chocolate brownies you will ever have.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 22 minutes

Total Time: about 90 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (leftover or cold coffee is okay), optional but recommended
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Topping/Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) full-fat evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened and quartered
  • 2 large egg yolks (discard whites or save for another use)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped Fisher Pecans, lightly toasted if desired

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