Swiss Chocolate Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


about 3 dozen

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
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.
Swiss Chocolate Brownies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until brownies test done. Cool for 10 minutes.
  3. 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.