These German chocolate brownies are fudgy, gooey, and just plain over-the-top delicious! Chocolate brownie batter is swirled with coconut pecan frosting and baked resulting in this deliciously rich and decadent dessert. No one will believe these brownies are gluten-free, they are THAT tasty!
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BOB'S RED MILL
Are you ready to totally rock this day, this week, this whole month with some amazing gluten-free brownies? What a silly question to ask.
These aren't voodooed healthy brownies with black beans hidden in them. These are the real deal, gimme the butter, sugar, and chocolaaaaate. I don't cut corners with dessert. Dessert is a sacred, no-shame indulgence in my house.
Better with Bob's
Remember those gluten-free meatballs I made a couple of months ago? Meatballs have nothing to do with brownies. But SO MANY of you that I get to see in actual, real-life looked me in the face after I shared those meatballs and said, "I LOVE BOB'S RED MILL!" I hear ya, honey. ME TOO!
Bob's Red Mill is like the magical unicorn of whole grain products, especially for the gluten-free community. Their care and dedication toward providing safe, wholesome, gluten-free whole grains is raise-the-roof amazing. They even built a separate 58,200 square foot gluten-free facility, with one of the most stringent testing protocols in the country, because they care THAT much.
And if that's not enough, their gluten-free brownie mix is gonna make you cry pure tears of joy and delight.
Why you'll love these gluten-free brownies!
These brownies are made supremely EASY with Bob's Red Mill gluten-free brownie mix. There's no need to stock a dozen different gluten-free flours in the pantry because all of the guesswork behind figuring out the perfect gluten-free brownie flour blend is done for us resulting in a chewy, gooey brownie that does not disappoint. These brownies are:
- Make-your-soul-sing tasty
- An absolute ringer for wheat flour brownies in both flavor and texture
- Swirled throughout with German chocolate frosting --> utterly DIVINE!
- Perfect for potlucks, picnics, BBQs, road trips, handing out to your kid's sports team after the game, a tasty gift for a loved one (or for someone you are hoping will become a loved one!), or when you just need something chocolatey to hug your food soul.
Brownie ingredients & suggestions
- Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix: This ready-made gluten-free brownie mix can be found on Amazon or at most major grocery store chains in the United States.
- Evaporated milk: Make sure to use evaporated milk and NOT sweetened condensed milk. It's so easy to grab the wrong can at the store and come home with the latter.
- Pecans: Toasted pecans or not, that is totally up to you. I don't typically bother with the extra step of toasting the pecans since they are going to spend some time baking in the brownies already. The pecans could also be swapped out for walnuts if you prefer.
- Shredded coconut: Some brands call it 'angel flaked coconut' while others call it 'shredded', essentially you're looking for coconut that looks like it has been grated. Shredded coconut also can be found sweetened or unsweetened. I used sweetened shredded coconut but unsweetened would work also for a slightly less sweet treat.
- Egg yolk: This is used to make the coconut pecan frosting. Save the egg white for another use or if you prefer take a whole egg, beat it in a small bowl until well combined, and use half of it (should be the equivalent of about 2 tablespoons). Use the other half the next time you make scrambled eggs. 🙂
- Butter: I always use unsalted butter in my recipes so that I can control how much salt is in my food, especially if other ingredients in the recipe already contain some salt (like the brownie mix in this case).
How to make coconut pecan frosting
Step 1: In a medium saucepan, whisk one egg yolk with evaporated milk.
Step 2: Add sugar and butter.
Step 3: Cook and stir the mixture over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the saucepan from the heat as soon as the mixture thickens and becomes bubbly.
Step 5: Add shredded coconut and chopped pecans to the mixture.
Step 6: Stir to combine. Set aside until you're ready to swirl that coconutty bliss into the brownie batter.
How to make gluten-free German chocolate brownies
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Step 2: To a large mixing bowl, add Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix, eggs, melted butter, and water.
Step 3: Mix well with an electric hand mixer or by hand.
Step 4: Spread the batter evenly with a spatula into the prepared pan.
Step 5: Dollop large spoonfuls of the coconut pecan frosting on top of the brownie batter.
Step 6: Swirl the frosting into the brownie batter using a chopstick or a knife. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out partially clean.
Prepare for the magical aroma of fresh-baked brownies to fill your home and your schnoz and tempt you to dig in immediately. But FIRST, allow the brownies to rest and cool completely to room temperature before taking hold of the parchment paper and removing them from the baking pan.
If the temptation is too strong and your willpower is weak go ahead and dig in. Many have gone before you in this way. Just don't burn your tongue.
- For a thicker brownie, use an 8 x 8-inch pan and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing into them. This will allow the brownies to set and will give you a cleaner cut. Be sure to use a sharp knife to slice into portions.
- This recipe makes 1 cup of frosting. If you'd like to double the coconut pecan frosting recipe, you can just use 1 whole egg versus 2 egg yolks.
- Gooey brownies versus fudgy brownies...If you prefer a gooey brownie decrease the brownie's bake time, if you prefer a fudgier, ever-so-slightly cakey brownie stick to the time I suggest in the recipe card.
- In light of the last tip, keep in mind that all ovens have temperature variations. I recommend you begin testing the brownies with a toothpick a few minutes before the recommended baking time to determine if the brownies are at your preferred level of gooey or fudgy. If the toothpick comes out completely clean, it means you overbaked them and a small cry of sadness may be heard.
Recipe frequently asked questions
Fudgy brownies have a higher fat-to-flour ratio. More butter, more fudgy. More flour, more cakey. Substituting oil for butter can produce a fudgier brownie also (see the answer to the next question below for more on that). In my opinion, this brownie recipe falls right between that perfect balance of fudgy and cakey. Also, the longer the brownies are stored in a closed container, the chewier their texture becomes as well.
This is a hotly debated question and really it depends on what kind of brownie you personally enjoy. Brownies made with butter will have a deeper, buttery flavor. Also, the milk solids and lactic acids in the butter will react with the leavening agents in the brownie mix producing a brownie with more rise but still offering a moist, tender texture.
Using neutral-flavored oil - such as light olive oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil - will allow the chocolate in the brownies to be more pronounced. Also, since oil does not react with leaveners, a fudgier, chewier, and more dense brownie will result.
If you can manage to keep your friends and family from eating the whole pan of brownies, they can be successfully frozen and thawed for a later time when a brownie craving strikes. After the brownies have baked and completely cooled, cut them into squares and wrap them tightly with two layers of cling wrap. Place them in a tightly sealed freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When you're ready for a brownie, unwrap them from the cling wrap and allow them to thaw at room temperature.
I asked my kids if they had anything additional that they thought I should tell you about these brownies. They said, "You are going to want to eat them ALL THE TIME."
That about sums it up friends. ♡
More tasty dessert recipes!
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- Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Parfaits a truly dreamy dessert!
- The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies chewy, soft centers with a slightly crispy edge
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