German Chocolate Brownies for Our 4th Wedding Anniversary

Wow! Has it really been four years since I walked down the aisle on Seven Mile Beach? Four years ago on June 14, 2008, I married my best friend on the most perfect wedding day ever. With twenty-three good friends and family we celebrated for a full week filled with scuba diving, great food, and fun on the island of Grand Cayman! It has been an amazing four years! We moved from our apartment in bustling downtown Indianapolis to a quiet suburb of Peoria, Illinois, got our wonderful furbabies, Hemingway and Winston, and have been fortunate to travel and adventure to new places. Our most recent adventure is like no other that we have ventured into before…parenthood. I am 16 weeks pregnant and due on November 29th. It has been really hard to keep this secret from everyone. The past few weeks, every time I have written a post, I have almost slipped-sharing with you some crazy craving I am having! And trust me some of these cravings are insane! 😀 Next Thursday we find out what we are having and we are both beyond excited!

Andrew swears that it is going to be a girl, but I really don’t care which we have! 😉 Luckily, I have had no symptoms other than the occasional headache and my growing belly. It has been a fun adventure so far and I am looking forward to the next few months!

To celebrate not only four wonderful years of married bliss, but also finally sharing with everyone that we are expecting, I decided to make a spin-off of one of Andrew’s favorite desserts, German Chocolate Cake. Chewy, fudgy double chocolate brownies finished off with a rich coconut and toasted pecan topping. If you are a fan of German Chocolate Cake, you will flip over these incredible brownies! Happy anniversary Andrew! I love you more than words can express…four years down, and many, many more to come!

One Year Ago: No Bake Cookies and Cream Bars 

German Chocolate Brownies

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For the Topping:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (7 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar (1 3/4 ounces)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2  1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut (7 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted (6 1/2 ounces)

For the Brownies:

  • 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt


  1. To make the topping, in a medium saucepan, whisk yolks; gradually whisk in evaporated milk. Add sugars, butter, and salt and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is boiling, frothy and slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Transfer mixture to a heatproof bowl, whisk in vanilla, then stir in coconut. Cool until just warm, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk cocoa, espresso powder, and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. Add eggs, yolks, vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined.
  4. Transfer the batter to prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.
  5. Using parchment overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  6. To serve brownies: stir toasted pecans into chilled filling and spread evenly over cooled brownies. Serve or refrigerate brownies, covered loosely with foil. If refrigerated longer than 2 hours, let brownies stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Yields: 24 brownies
Prep Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes (includes cooling time)
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Source: brownies adapted from Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies, topping adapted from German Chocolate Cake

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60 Responses to German Chocolate Brownies for Our 4th Wedding Anniversary

  1. Yvonne says:

    those look delicious!!!!

  2. Happy Anniversary and congrats! So excited for you! 🙂

  3. Carlyn says:

    Congratulations!!! We’re expecting a little boy November 20th!!

  4. Nancy says:

    HI! I’m Nancy and been a quiet reader for a while. Love your blog! Congrats!

  5. Seasweetie says:

    Oh, many, many congratulations on this wonderful news and on marrying your true love and best friend. You will have one happy, well-fed little wonderball come Christmas! My daughter was born on December 1 (albeit almost 16 years ago) – it’s a great time of year to have a baby.

  6. Ashley says:

    yay… congrats!

  7. yourstrulyg says:

    Looks delicious! Congrats!

  8. Misha Hunter says:

    Happy Anniversary and best wishes to you both on your first baby! You are moving into another exciting part of your life! 🙂
    Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes you share. I have made some and have never been disappointed and have SO many more I look forward to making when time allows.
    All the best to you!!

  9. christina says:

    These look delicious! I’m going to pin them and really try to remember to make them next time my father-in-law comes to visit. He loves German Chocolate Cake (and so do I).

    And Happy Anniversary! AND CONGRATULATIONS! : ) I’m just a few weeks behind you: 11 1/2, almost done with the nausea.

  10. Hayley says:

    Congratulations!!! I love your site! I hope your little one has the same talent in the kitchen as you do!

  11. Happy anniversary…Congrats on the exciting baby news! THANK YOU for sharing all these wonderful recipes!

  12. Dotti says:

    Congratulations!!! What an exciting time in your life!

  13. DynamicWife says:

    Oh my, I don’t think it would be safe for me to make these brownies, I recently lost 45 pounds and I am fairly certain that I would not be able to keep my hands off from these. They look FABULOUS!!

  14. Karyl says:

    happy anniversary!

  15. Congrats on Your Wedding Anniversary and Your Upcoming Bundle of Joy – YAY!!! Have a Wonderful Day:)

  16. RavieNomNoms says:

    Happy Anniversary! Good for you!

  17. Dana says:


  18. Laura says:

    Congratulations!! So so so exciting!! And that topping on those brownies is making me drool…seriously!!

  19. anne duncan says:

    Happy anniversary and congratulations to you and your husband on your baby.

  20. lucie193 says:

    Congratulation on the baby. Fabulous looking brownies 🙂

    • vipulla naik says:

      Congrats… jus recently started reading your blog n trying the recipes too….love your blog…thanks for the yummy recipes

  21. Those look amazing! Congrats on the baby. We just had a girl and my husband was right about that. I thought the baby was a boy.

  22. Congrats and congrats! We just got back a couple weeks ago from Grand Cayman

  23. Cindy B. says:

    Happy Anniversary and and congratulations !!!!

  24. Happy anniversary and congratulations!

  25. Congratulations!! Your wedding dress was GORGEOUS!

    Love those yummy brownies, too!

  26. Congratulations!!!
    Is wonderful news, I very happy for you. Take care 🙂

  27. Julie says:

    Congrats! I hope you have a safe and healthy pregnancy!

  28. DianeH says:

    Another wonderful thing happening to you. Congratulations! Big fan of your blog and was happy to see the beautiful wedding picture.

  29. Pat says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary, and the little one coming your way! These sound awesome, looking forward to making them. Thanks for all the great recipes that you share!!

  30. motheronedge says:

    Congratulations squared!!

  31. ChgoJohn says:

    What great news! Congratulations to you both!
    And you give us a brownie dressed up like German chocolate cake. YUM!

  32. karen says:

    Congrats to you both,Happy Anniversary too.. Love your blog..can’t wait to make these brownies!!!YUM!!!

  33. vivilinh says:


  34. Congrats on everything! Sending good karma your way. And oh by the way the brownies look good too. Cheers!!

  35. overtimecook says:

    Congrats on your anniversary and on the baby!! What exciting news. 🙂

    The brownies definitely look like a good way to celebrate this occasion. 🙂

  36. Happy anniversary! Looks like you found a great way to celebrate it!

  37. Vickii says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your pregnancy!!! Boy or girl, they are going to be one lucky kid to have such a domestic goddess for a mother!!

  38. Woot! Happy Anniversary Christina and congratulations on your baby!

    These brownies look insanely delicious!

  39. Byn says:

    amazing news! a cute little sweet pea to add to sweet pea’s kitchen!

  40. Karen says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your pregnancy. Celebrating with your favorite brownie recipe is perfect. May your life continue to be blessed.

  41. Christina says:

    These looks delicious! And CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

  42. Laura says:

    Congratulations! And 7 Mile Beach sounds like the perfectest place in the world to have gotten married! 🙂

  43. Those look so yummy, I loooove german chocolate anything! Congrats on the anniversary and the baby!

  44. Cakewhiz says:

    Happy anniversary and congrats! I just had a baby two months ago so i know how exciting this time must be for you. Enjoy yourself, sleep alot and take it easy coz once the baby comes… Life gets soooo busy but in a good way 🙂

  45. Congratulations!!!! These look delicious as well 🙂

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  47. Best to you as you move into this next chapter. It is a life changer and absolutely wonderful.

  48. Keisha says:

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations!!!!

  49. These brownies look heavenly! Love german chocolate. I’m not much of a baker so I really enjoying reading your blog and seeing what you bake. I nominated you for the Food Stories Award, and you can check out all the info here

  50. Carol says:

    I have to say I LOVE all these wonderful dessert recipes you come up with. Congratulations on 4 years of marriage and a baby on the way. Grand Cayman is our home away from home and we go there every year for a month since 1985. It’s the best carribbean island around with beautiful water, white sandy beaches and wonderful people.

  51. Rachel says:

    How exciting! Congratulations!!

  52. colleen says:

    Congratulations! Good for you keeping up with the blogging and lucky that you haven’t had any symptoms. And yes, these brownies look awesome. 🙂

  53. Becky says:

    Congratulations and good luck with the pregnancy!

    I stumbled across your blog via pinterest and had to laugh at myself after I made all those comments on your post from exactly one year ago! I should have looked at the date before responding. As you will soon find out, 3 am nursing/feeding sessions with baby make you a little foggy. 🙂 Anyhow, sorry for the delayed Cayman info and I suppose it is now Happy 4th Anniversary and also a happy and healthy remaining 9 months to you! Your recipes look great and I’m sure I’ll be popping in from time to time. 🙂

  54. Congratulations!!! So excited for you:-)

  55. Huge congratulations on your anniversary and pregnancy – what a wonderful time in yor lives!

  56. Ahhh *squeel*!!! I’ve been catching up on blog reading, when I read your latest I had to come back to see your good news!! Congratulations!! xo Smidge

  57. Mega congratulations! Life as you know it will end, but you won’t have it any other way! My husband is fond of saying, “If you’re married with no kids, you’re not really married; and, if you’re married with one kid, you don’t really have kids!” His premise is that if something gets broken or spilled with one kid you know who did it. With two or more kids, the fun really begins! 🙂 Oh, lest I forget–the brownies look simply amazing. I’m on it…

  58. Villy says:

    Congratulations!! For everything! Including those amazing brownies! 🙂

  59. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary! Great cake to celebrate with!

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