Decadent German Chocolate Pecan Bars: A Taste of Chocolate Heaven

Nov 6, 2023 | Desserts


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Decadent German Chocolate Pecan Bars: A Taste of Chocolate Heaven

As a food critic and literary powerhouse, I have come across many exquisite dishes. However, one recipe that holds a special place in my heart is the German Chocolate Pecan Bars. This delightful treat combines a chewy chocolate base with a caramel and pecan topping, all topped off with a luscious layer of chocolate ganache. It is a heavenly dessert for any chocolate lover. Let me share the story behind this mouthwatering creation.


Many years ago, during my travels in Germany, I stumbled upon a small café in a quaint little town. The aroma of freshly baked treats led me to a glass display case, where a batch of these indulgent German Chocolate Pecan Bars caught my eye. Intrigued by their scrumptious appearance, I couldn’t resist trying one. With the first bite, I was transported to a world where chocolate reigned supreme alongside the rich flavors of caramel and pecans. I instantly fell in love with these divine bars and knew I had to recreate them at home. Today, I share this delightful recipe with you, hoping it brings you as much joy as it has brought me.


German Chocolate Pecan Bars Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 4 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper for easy removal later.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, melted butter, salt, and vanilla extract for the crust. Mix until everything is fully combined. The mixture will resemble coarse crumbs.

3. Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to ensure a compact and level base. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is set. Set aside to cool.

4. While the crust is cooling, prepare the topping. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the shredded coconut, chopped pecans, sugar, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla extract. Stir until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens slightly.

5. Pour the pecan topping over the cooled crust, spreading it evenly. Place the pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely in the pan.

6. Once the bars have cooled, it’s time to create the chocolate ganache. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Stir until the chocolate has fully melted and the mixture is smooth.

7. Pour the chocolate ganache over the cooled bars, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Allow the ganache to set for at least 30 minutes before cutting the bars into squares.


– For a nuttier flavor, toast the pecans before adding them to the topping mixture. Simply spread the chopped pecans on a baking sheet and toast them in a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C) for about 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant.

– Feel free to customize the recipe by adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top of the chocolate ganache for a delightful sweet-salty combination.

– If you prefer a softer caramel layer, reduce the baking time for the topping by a few minutes. For a more caramelized taste, add a tablespoon of dark corn syrup or molasses to the topping mixture.

– These bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, if they last that long!


The German Chocolate Pecan Bars are a sweet symphony of flavors that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Whether you savor them on your own or share them with loved ones, these bars are the epitome of chocolate decadence. Indulge in this heavenly creation and create your own personal story with each bite. Happy baking!

German Chocolate Pecan Bars Cooking Instructions

German Chocolate Pecan Bars

German Chocolate Pecan Bars Ingredients

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