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Swiss Chocolate Brownies

When our two grown children were at home, I baked these brownies often. These days, I make them for big occasions—everyone thinks that they're quite nice. As a bonus, they're a good way to use up leftover sour cream.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan, bring water, butter and chocolate to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; cool. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add chocolate mixture and mix. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla; mix. Fold in walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until brownies test done. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • For icing, melt butter and chocolate. Place in a bowl; mix in 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar. Add milk, vanilla and remaining sugar; beat until smooth. Spread over warm brownies.

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  • Brenda MH
    May 22, 2013

    I made these for a bake sale and they were extremely popular. However, I think there's too much butter in the frosting; I wondered if it was a misprint and was supposed to be 1/2 stick instead of 1/2 cup, because the frosting had a sheen to it and stayed too soft instead of hardening slightly. Still delicious- but next time I'll reduce the butter.

  • movnspeechGA
    Jul 17, 2012

    I was looking for a brownie recipe using sour cream, and found this. It was very good, but I misread the salt amount, and added 1 tsp. instead of 1/2. Don't you hate when you do things like that? Still, it turned out great, but it rose like a cake in the pan. I also, subbed cocoa for the unsweetened chocolate. ( I only used 4 Tab. )

  • Tammy C.
    Jun 2, 2011

    Quite a few years ago I found this recipes in Country Woman (I think it was). My husband requests this quite often. I have other brownie recipes I also use but I use this one when I want a more cake-like brownie. I do substitute the unsweetened chocolate with 4 1/2 tbsp. cocoa plus 1 1/2 tbsp margarine (this is in addition to the 1/2 cup butter). Most times I don't have the unsweetened chocolate on hand so I found this substitution and have been using it with great success. My husband requests coffee icing for these so I substitute the milk for coffee and also again substiute the unsweetened chocolate with cocoa and margarine or butter.

  • sewingmom2girls
    Feb 22, 2011

    I've made these brownies ever since I got the recipe from Country Woman many years ago. They still are the absolute best. I'm not even a big brownie fan, but I'm always the first to have a piece of these when they come out of the oven!

  • freel
    Sep 28, 2010

    Just made another brownie recipe from TOH but did not compare to these. Always come back to these. The best brownie recipe hands down.

  • jodimw
    Aug 4, 2010

    I make this recipe for a chocolate cake everyone in my family loves it. I got the recipe out of taste of home years ago and I made several copies so I wouldn't lose the recipe. Easiest recipe to make.

  • Marlia
    Oct 30, 2009

    These brownies are excellent. I have been making them for years. We leave out the nuts. My son requests them for his birthday every year. Everyone loves them.

  • hnieel
    Oct 16, 2009

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  • gaylaroque
    Sep 23, 2009

    Yes, I too have made these time and again and everybody raves over them. They are almost like a cross between cake and brownie.

  • BestCook100Percent
    Jan 21, 2009

    I just realized that this recipe only has one star. I can not belive it. I got this recipe off the taste of home magazine. I've been doing it for over 6 months and I do it once a week. This is my favorite dessert ever. I had my siste-in-law over for supper last night and I had made these brownies. She loved them and asked for the recipe, that's when I came to the website and saw the one star. They come out so moist and tastes delicious.Thank you Gloria for these wonderful brownies.