German Chocolate Cheesecake

35  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 4 hr 20 min total
  • Makes 14 servings.

Garnished with the traditional gooey coconut-pecan topping, this baked chocolate cheesecake is a great dessert choice for entertaining.

German Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe


  • 1 cup finely crushed FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz.) sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 2-1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1/3 cup canned evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat  oven to 350°F if using a silver 9-inch springform pan (or to 325°F if using a dark nonstick 9-inch springform pan). Mix chocolate wafer crumbs, 2 Tbsp. of the sugar and 3 Tbsp. butter; press firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 min.
  • Beat  cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the sugar and the flour in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add chocolate and 2 tsp. of the vanilla; mix well. Add 3 of the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.
  • Bake  45 to 50 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • Place  milk, remaining sugar, the 1/4 cup butter, remaining egg and remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla in small saucepan; cook on medium-low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in coconut and pecans. Cool. Spread over cheesecake just before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseSince this indulgent special-occasion dessert makes 14 servings, it is a perfect dessert to serve at your next party.

How to Soften Cream CheesePlace completely unwrapped packages of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. or until slightly softened.


Nutrition Information

Makes 14 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 430 
  • Total fat 32 g
  • Saturated fat 18 g
  • Cholesterol 130 mg
  • Sodium 320 mg
  • Carbohydrate 31 g
  • Dietary fiber 2 g
  • Sugars 24 g
  • Protein 7 g
  • Vitamin A 15 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 6 %DV
  • Iron 6 %DV