March 5, 2021

German Chocolate Cookies

These Vegan German Chocolate Cookies are like small individual German Chocolate Cakes! A soft, chewy chocolate oatmeal cookie with a rich caramel coconut pecan filling in the middle! Trust me, these won’t last long on the cookie plate. No added Oil!

three white plates with vegan German Chocolate Cake Thumbprint Cookies

three white plates with vegan German Chocolate Cake Thumbprint Cookies

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies have become a delicious household staple in no time. Think of them as little vegan German chocolate cakes that have all the flavor of German Chocolate Cake but are gone in two bites!

I love all things pecan and chocolate! Especially around the holiday season! Have you tried my Pecan Chocolate Pie? SO good! In my book,  German Chocolate Cookies would make a perfect snack year-round, but with that festive nut & chocolate combo they are an especially great gift during the holidays!

a plate with stacked homemade German Chocolate thumbprint Cookies against black background

a plate with stacked homemade German Chocolate thumbprint Cookies against black background

If you love German Chocolate Cake these little chocolate cookies are the perfect treat to add to your baking list!
They have that classic winning combination of chocolate, coconut, and pecan all piled up on top of soft, rich, and chocolatey oatmeal cookies with no added oil!

More Vegan Desserts for the Holidays

You often see German chocolate cookies that are frosted or topped with a caramel filling after baking. These are slightly different from your regular German Chocolate Cake Thumbprint cookies, as these are baked with the caramel coconut-pecan filling already in the cookies.  I find these are way easier to store and less messy to eat that way.

overhead shot of three white cookie plates with homemade vegan German Chocolate Cookies

overhead shot of three white cookie plates with homemade vegan German Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients for German Chocolate Cookies:

ingredients needed for making German Chocolate cookies

ingredients needed for making German Chocolate cookies

  • The base for the cookies is an oatmeal cookie – so we use flour, oats and cocoa powder as a base with some baking soda added for a bit of a rise.
  • These are sweetened with maple syrup only so refined sugar-free.
  • For some extra chew, I add some shredded coconut.
  • Almond butter and non-dairy milk add enough fat and moisture to these to make them chewy in the middle while being a bit crispy on the outside.
  • It would not be a German Chocolate Cookie without that signature fudge filling made from shredded coconut and pecans. We toast the nuts in a pan for more flavor.
  • To get that caramel feel to the German Chocolate Cake filling, we add some maple syrup and non-dairy milk as well as some cornstarch for thickening the filling.

Ingredients needed for making vegan German chocolate cake filling for cookie recipe

Ingredients needed for making vegan German chocolate cake filling for cookie recipe

Tips & Substitutions:

  • If you don’t like pecans or are allergic, you can use walnuts instead.
  • You can make the oatmeal cookie dough a day ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
  • If you want to go extra fancy, you could drizzle these with some melted chocolate right in the end.

How to make German Chocolate Cookies:

Mix all wet ingredients for the cookie  in a bowl, and set aside. Add all dry ingredients, and mix well, set aside.

dry ingredients for German Chocolate Cake Cookies in a bowl

dry ingredients for German Chocolate Cake Cookies in a bowl

dry ingredients for German Chocolate Cake Cookies being mixed

dry ingredients for German Chocolate Cake Cookies being mixed

two bowls with dry and wet cookie mix next to each other

two bowls with dry and wet cookie mix next to each other

Combine wet ingredients into the dry. If you want a sweeter cookie, add a tbsp of sugar or maple. Mix well.

wet cookie mix being added to dry oatmeal cookie blend

wet cookie mix being added to dry oatmeal cookie blend

Press and mix so that the mixture is homogenous, and you get a dough. Chill the dough for 15 minutes, meanwhile make the filling.

chocolate oatmeal cookie dough in a white bowl

chocolate oatmeal cookie dough in a white bowl

Add the pecans to a skillet and toast for 2 minutes, then add the coconut and continue to toast until the coconut is golden.
Add in the maple syrup, mix the cornstarch and the milk really well, add it to the pan, then continue to cook the mixture until it thickens a bit.

German Chocolate cookie filling in a white bowl with a green spatula

German Chocolate cookie filling in a white bowl with a green spatula

Scoop out 2 tbsp or more of the cookie layer dough mixture, and roll it out into balls. Press the balls slightly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use a deep tsp measure to make dips in the cookie dough.

Add the filling to the dips. You want to add enough filling and pile it on because the filling tastes really good, and makes the cookie moist.

a cookie sheet with unbaked Vegan German chocolate cake cookies ready for baking

a cookie sheet with unbaked Vegan German chocolate cake cookies ready for baking

Repeat for all the dough, you can probably get 11-12 cookies total. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, for 15-20 minutes.

freshly baked vegan German Chocolate Cookies on a cookie sheet

freshly baked vegan German Chocolate Cookies on a cookie sheet

Take the sheet out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

How to store German Chocolate Cookies:

Keep the cookies on the counter for up to 2 days, and refrigerate for up to a week.

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

These Vegan German Chocolate Cookies are like small individual German Chocolate Cakes! A soft, chewy chocolate oatmeal cookie with a rich caramel coconut pecan filling in the middle! Trust me, these won’t last long on the cookie plate. No added Oil! 

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: German Chocolate Cake cookies, German chocolate cookies, vegan german chocolate cake

Servings: 12

Calories: 141kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

Cookie

  • 1/4 cup (59.15 ml) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (62.5 g) almond butter use natural smooth drippy almond butter
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup (40.5 g) oats
  • 1/2 cup (62.5 g) flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 1/3 cup (26.67 g) coconut
  • 1/4 cup (27.25 g) chopped pecans
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup or sugar
  • 2 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl, and set aside.

  • Add all dry ingredients, and mix well, set aside.

  • Combine wet ingredients into the dry. If you want a sweeter cookie, add a tbsp of sugar or maple. Mix well.

To make Dough:

  • Press and mix so that the mixture is homogenous, and you get a dough. Chill the dough for 15 minutes, meanwhile make the filling

For the Filling:

  • Add the pecans to a skillet and toast for 2 minutes, then add the coconut and continue to toast until the coconut is golden.

  • Add in the maple syrup, mix the cornstarch and the milk really well, add it to the pan, then continue to cook the mixture until it thickens a bit.

  • Scoop out 2 tbsp or more of the cookie layer dough mixture, and roll it out into balls. Press the balls slightly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use a deep tsp measure to make dips in the cookie dough.

  • Add the filling to the dips. You want to add enough filling and pile it on because the filling tastes really good, and make the cookie moist.

  • Repeat for all the dough, you can probably get 11-12 cookies total.

  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, for 15-20 minutes.

  • Take the sheet out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

Notes

  • If you don’t like pecans or are allergic, you can use walnuts instead. 
  • You can make the oatmeal cookie dough a day ahead of time and store it in the fridge. 
  • If you want to go extra fancy, you could drizzle these with some melted chocolate right in the end. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

Amount Per Serving

Calories 141 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Sodium 83mg4%

Potassium 136mg4%

Carbohydrates 18g6%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 10IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 42mg4%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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