Monday, January 18, 2010

German Chocolate Bars


My son-in-law's favorite cake is German chocolate. He was in Idaho a week before his birthday, so his mom made him a German chocolate cake for an early celebration:) I was in HAWAII during his birthday, so yesterday made him German chocolate bars as a belated birthday treat.(Last year I made him the cake from scratch.) They didn't disappoint! I had all of the ingredients on hand (except the cake mix), and it was a snap to throw together! These bars are moist and chewy and do taste like the cake version! Yum! They were dangerously irresistible, so I sent most of them home with the birthday boy and stashed a few in the freezer:)

Paula Deen's German Chocolate Cake Bars
Makes one 9x13 pan

Crust:
1 18-ounce box chocolate, Swiss chocolate, or devil's food cake mix(not the kind with pudding added!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg

Filling:
1 14-ounce can low-fat sweetened condensed milk(I used full fat, which is what I had on hand)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips(Again I used what I had on hand-semi-sweet)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan well with butter.

In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and egg, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan. The crust should not come up the sides. bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven. The crust will not look done.

While the crust is baking, in a medium bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, egg, pecans and coconut. Pour evenly over the warm crust, sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips, and bake 24 to 30 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.

HAPPY BAKING!



26 comments:

  1. I saw Paula Deen in the title and immediately looked for the butter in the ingredients - YEP there it is! They look great- and rich!

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  2. wow, these look delicious. I actually made a german chocolate cake a few months ago and it is true, it really good.

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  3. Those look really good! That Paula doesn't disappoint!

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  4. I love german chocolate cake as well, what a great idea to turn it into a bar. I can't believe Paula uses anything low fat . . . These look wonderful.

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  5. Yummy yummy yummy! I'm a big fan of bar desserts because it's always so much easier than making a whole cake. When I visit my Dad in Ohio I might make him these since his favorite sweet ever is German chocolate cake... :)

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  6. these look delicious and tempting. coconut and chocolate sounds like a great combo!!

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  7. They look lovely - I wonder what they taste like. They look sort of like a brownie... but the filling looks extra gorgeous.

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  8. Sue where was he here? Not too many come out our way! My family is in Coeur d'Alene and I'm in Moscow.

    These bars are on my to bake list. I need some of your serious cookie decorating skills by the way. I wish you could teach me.

    Laura

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  9. Laura, He is from (and was in) Boise:)

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  10. These sound and look absolutely decadent-definitely giving these a try asap!

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  11. Welcome back, it is good to have you back with new posts! How was the holiday in Hawaii?

    And yes, this German chocolate bar looks delicious! Never tried it but definitely would love to..... can't wait :-)

    Sawadee from bangkok,
    Kris

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  12. I have an award for you on my blog =)

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  13. chocolate and coconut are sooo yummy..ure kidsare soo cute btw

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  14. German chocolate cake is my favorite! Make that into bars, even better!

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  15. LOVE German chocolate cake..so these are a must try! They look phenomenal!

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  16. These look amazing!!! I just bought a chocolate cake mix and now I have something to do with it. Thanks for the great recipe!!

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  17. cette recette au chocolat est sublime j'aime tous ce qui est à base de chocolat
    bonne soirée

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  18. I love german chocolate cake, so these must be divine!! By the way, I'm so envious you were in Hawaii--I used to live there and I miss it tons! :)

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  19. My husband love German chocolate cake too. These cookies would be a great treat for him!

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  20. German Chocolate cake has always been my favorite. I can't wait to try these!

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  21. What a great idea to turn the cake into a bar for a change! I enjoy your blog - thanks for sharing!

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  22. Did you by chance have to bake the crust longer than 7 minutes? I just made these and it seemed like the coconut mixture was too heavy and it pushed the crust up the sides.

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  23. Anonymous, I'm sorry you had troubles. I pretty much followed Paula's recipe and didn't have a problem with the bottom crust. I pressed it firmly into the bottom (not up the sides) of the pan and it worked out. Perhaps you may need to bake the crust a tad longer according to your oven, but the recipe does state that "The crust will not look done." I hope this helped. Good Luck!

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