Vegan German Chocolate Cookies – Sharon Palmer, The Plant Powered Dietitian


These tender, flavorful cookies get their rich taste from the vintage American flavor pairing we know as “German Chocolate Cake,” which includes dark or semi-sweet chocolate, coconut, and pecans. The tradition of German Chocolate Cake does not harken back to the country of Germany. The history of this flavor combo dates back to 1852, when an American baker named Samuel German developed a type of dark baking chocolate used in cake recipes. It later became a very classic, American ingredient mixture that is downright addictive! I mean, bitter creamy chocolate, crunchy coconut, and nutty pecans—what’s not to love? I used this classic formula to create these fluffy, cake-like cookies, which are completely vegan, and a bit lower in sugar and fat than many classic cookies. I have served these Vegan German Chocolate Cookies at parties, and they were the hit of the dessert table! More importantly, my family gave these cookies the thumbs up. They are wonderful for your holiday cookie-making traditions, as well as lunch boxes, parties, potlucks, hiking snacks, and more.

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

Step-by-Step Guide:

Whip aquafaba with brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and vegan butter. Blend in flour and baking powder. Then stir in coconut, pecans, and chocolate chunks to make a thick cookie dough.
Place large spoonfuls of cookie dough on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes, until tender and golden.
Delicious served with coffee or tea!


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Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

  • Author:
    The Plant-Powered Dietitian

  • Total Time:
    27 minutes

  • Yield:
    30 cookies 1x

  • Diet:


These yummy, tender Vegan German Chocolate Cookies are rich in the classic flavor combination of chocolate, coconut, and pecans.


  1. Place aquafaba and brown sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until very thick with soft peaks forming. (Learn more about how to make aquafaba here.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Gently mix in maple syrup, vanilla, and vegan margarine with an electric mixer on low until mixed well.
  4. Gently mix in all-purpose flour and baking powder just until combined—do not overmix.
  5. Gently fold in coconut, pecans, and chocolate chunks.
  6. Place large spoonfuls of dough (about 1 ½ inches in diameter) on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, allowing room for cookies to spread.
  7. Place in center rack of oven and bake until golden brown and firm—about 9-12 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately, or freeze up to 3 months in airtight container.
  9. Makes 30 large cookies.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 52 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: vegan cookies, vegan german chocolate cake, vegan chocolate cookies

For other cookie recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Lavender Almond Cookies
Vegan Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
Soft Molasses Cookies
Vegan Cowboy Cookies
Vegan Pine Nut Oat Cookies
Orange Pecan Button Cookies
Tollhouse Pan Cookies

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