A close-up photo of the side and coconut-pecan topping of a German Chocolate cheesecake.

German Chocolate Cheesecake

  • Author: KitchenDreaming
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 slices 1x


If you judge German Chocolate anything by that readily available canned topping, you will totally be missing out on this delicious dessert! Making the topping yourself has such tremendous flavor! It’s so delicious. We usually save any extra for ice cream topping. Try it, it’s amazing!



For the Crust:

  • 2 cups coconut cookie crumbs, like Vortman brand
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted

For the Cheesecake filling:

  • 3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-pkg (4 oz German Chocolate squares), melted [See Note 1]
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp powdered baking cocoa, special dark variety [See Note 2]
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Coconut Pecan Topping:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 oz sweetened condensed milk, about 1/2 the can [See Note 3]
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp or 1/2 cup) butter
  • 11/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cups pecans, chopped

Optional Garnish

  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce [See Note 4]


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor (affiliate link), process the cookies into a fine crumb. add the butter and pulse to mix well.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  4. Bake crust for 10 minutes (until golden brown) then remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar, chocolate, flour, and cocoa with an electric mixer until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to fully incorporate the cream cheese.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  8. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until well combined.
  9. Pour the cheesecake filling into the springform pan and spread evenly. The pan will be very full.
  10. Lightly drop the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles from the cheesecake batter. I drop the pan from about 1 or 2-inches above the countertop.
  11. Carefully double wrap the outside and bottom of the pan with aluminum foil to keep water from entering into the springform pan while baking.
  12. Place springform pan in a larger baking or roasting pan (affiliate link). Fill the larger pan with enough warm water to reach about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Do not fill above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
  13. Bake for 70 to 80 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is almost set but still slightly jiggling.
  14. Turn off the oven and leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for and allow it to cool. It will finish cooking and set during this time.
  15. This slow cooling process helps the cheesecake cool slowly and prevent cracks.
  16. Remove cheesecake from oven and chill for at least  4 hours or overnight.
  17. While the cheesecake cools, prepare the coconut-pecan topping.
  18. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the egg yolks, and condensed milk and stir until combined.
  19. Add the sugar and butter and cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and lightly golden brown; stirring constantly.
  20. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. Mix well and then allow to cool completely.
  21. Once the cheesecake has cooled completely, run a knife around the edge of the pan and then remove the springform pan side from cheesecake.
  22. Top the cheesecake with the coconut-pecan topping. Lighty garnish with a drizzle of Ghirardelli chocolate sauce (optional).


  1. German Chocolate is found in the baking aisle of the supermarket and is chocolate formulated especially for baking.
  2. The baking cocoa powder is different than hot cocoa and is found in the baking aisle. I used Hershey’s brand Special Dark for this recipe.
  3. Sweetened Condensed milk not evaporated milk.
  4. Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce is found both in the ice cream condiment aisle and the coffee aisle. It’s deliciously rich and incredibly chocolatey tasting as compared to other brands.
  5. Nutrition is calculated based on the recipe as written. Additions, omissions, or substitutions will change the calculated values shown. The addition, omission, or substitution of ingredients will alter the nutritional information shown. Nutrition percentages are based on a 2000-calorie diet. The FDA recommends 80 micrograms of vitamin K
  • Category: Desert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

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