Sunday, October 5, 2014

German's Chocolate Lace Cookies & October's Give-Away Apron

Lace cookies have always been a favorite of mine--I love the crunchy chewiness--and German's Chocolate Cake was a favorite of both my mother and Kelly.  On this fall-like day, it was a good recipe to come up with to honor their memory.

German's sweet chocolate was developed by an American chocolate maker, Sam German of Dallas, Texas.  However, on June 3, 1957, it was the "Recipe of the Day" in the Dallas Morning Star created by Mrs. George Clay. The cake is made with German's chocolate, with a filling and topping of a caramel made with egg yolks and evaporated milk, then coconut and pecans are stirred in.  Just typing these ingredients make my mouth water!

These cookies have that caramel-like taste with the addition of brown sugar and the rest of the ingredients added; coconut, pecans and melted German's chocolate.  It has a small amount of flour with the addition of Old-Fashioned Oats giving them their lacy affect.  All-in-all, a pretty good replica of that famous cake from the 50s.

German's Chocolate Lace Cookies
1- 4oz pkg. German's sweet chocolate
2 T milk

In a small bowl, rough chop the chocolate and pour the milk over it.  Microwave on high for 40 seconds. Stir and microwave another 20 seconds.  Stir until smooth.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 3T firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup King Arthur all-purpose flour
Scant 1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Add the vanilla and melted chocolate mixture and beat again.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.

Scoop 1 tsp. of the dough onto the prepare sheet, leaving plenty of room for the cookie to expand.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring them to a rack, or if you like a rolled effect, over a rolling pin covered with wax paper.

 The cookies are nice and crunchy and if you're needing a chocolate fix, these will provide that. Enjoy!

As promised, here is October's Give-Away Apron, full of the colors of Fall with a little bit of Halloween thrown in:-D  Just make a comment on any of the posts this month, and this apron could find it's way to your home.


  1. Thanks so much for the recipe - they look amazing. Your apron is very Fallish looking
    don;t put my name in as I have already won one. Again, thank you, it's lovely.
    Have a great week.

  2. Oh my, I would not be able to stop eating these cookies! Cute October apron.

  3. They remind me of brandy snaps..but with added chocolate!
    Jane x

  4. I am sure your Mom & Kelly would love that you made a German chocolate cookie as a tribute to them & their love of German chocolate cake. German chocolate cake also happens to be my most favorite cake in the world & I must always have one, even if I have to make it for myself, for my birthday cake. Sometimes I wish I could just sit down with a bowl of the coconut pecan filling & eat my fill of it's deliciousness, but then I would miss out on that wonderful cake. This recipe will be made in my house before the week is out. Thank you for sharing it. Your apron for October is gorgeous as always. Did the kittens help you with the sewing? They are so cute.

  5. Hi Susan! The cookies look luscious and the apron is adorable! You are amazing. Susan

  6. Leslie:
    This apron is a beauty.

  7. They look chewy and crisp at the same time. YUM!
    Have a beautiful week ahead, Susan!

  8. I do like crispy cookies. that apron is beautiful with all the fall colors.
    stamping sue

  9. I never knew the history of "German" chocolate and how the German Chocolate Cake began. Thank you for sharing that information. I find these historical tidbits fascinating.
    Presenting that wonderful flavor combination in a cookie is heavenly.

  10. I could eat 12 of those cookies this morning!!!

  11. These cookies look sooo delicious! I will try the recipe for sure. And your apron is a beautiful one. An awesome work! Have a nice day! It's raining cats and dogs here in Germany. Hugs, Viola

  12. Hello! I came over from Helen's blog as she linked to you and showed her pretty apron win. Lucky girl. It's beautiful. I just love aprons. My mom made me a pretty ruffly one not too long ago that I just love. These cookies look right up my alley. I'm going to print out the recipe and give them a try sometime before Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe!