Dark Victory Brownies

For my recent birthday, I received Tish Boyle’s The Good Cookie. This book is packed with a good variety of cookies in all shapes and sizes. It seems not quite right that the first recipe I made from this book is not a cookie at all, but these wonderfully rich brownies. However, having sampled these brownies, I stand by that decision.

Much like that wonderful cake Quinn made for my birthday, these brownies are made with sour cream. Ms. Boyle writes that she wanted to make brownies using sour cream because of how much she likes sour cream in chocolate cake. I couldn’t agree with her more, so choosing this recipe was a no-brainer.

Dark Victory Brownies are delicious, cake-like brownies made with sour cream and plenty of chocolate. Delicious! - Bake or Break

These luscious brownies have a delightful, cake-like texture. They are over-the-top chocolate, which is always a plus for me. While I used pecans, these could be made with a different nut (like hazelnuts) or with none at all (for you chocolate purists).

Dark Victory Brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch brownies

Dark Victory Brownies


  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 & 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil so that 2 inches hang over two opposite sides. Grease the foil.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or microwave). Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl.

Using a wooden spoon, beat in cocoa powder and sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in sour cream and vanilla extract. Add flour and salt. Mix just until blended. Stir in pecans.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in pan on wire rack.


Recipe adapted from The Good Cookie.


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  1. Lauren October 6, 2008 Reply

    Bookmarked! I love sour cream in chocolate cake.

  2. Audrey October 6, 2008 Reply

    I bought this book because of the photo on the cover! It has great recipes (how did I miss these brownies, though?)

  3. Jennifer October 6, 2008 Reply

    This looks like a recipe for me! My boyfriend is a cakey-brownie fan. He’s an oddball, that one.

    But how does it come out so cakey with only a half cup of flour?? Are they very thin?

    I’ll be sure to try this one out. :)

  4. Amanda October 6, 2008 Reply

    I agree with the chocolate and sour cream combination. Both ingredients bring out the best of both flavors. Are there a good amount of recipes in that book?

  5. Baking Chamber October 7, 2008 Reply

    I love putting sour cream in my cakes, brownies and even cookies! those brownies look great! thanks for a great post/recipe!

  6. rachel October 7, 2008 Reply

    This looks great and Dark Victory is one of my favorite movies! I have a Dark Victory cake I like to make.

  7. Nan (and Jim) October 7, 2008 Reply

    Yum! Did you make up the name of “Dark Victory” or is that really the name? Either way, I love it!

  8. Katrina October 7, 2008 Reply

    Looks divine! I gotta put that book on my Amazon wish list for my husband to see, my b-day is coming up! 😉

  9. sara angel October 7, 2008 Reply

    yummy! i really love sour cream in chocolate stuff :]

  10. Jennifer October 7, 2008 Reply

    I am normally not a fan of the cake like brownie, I normally go for the fudgie type…HOWEVER, after seeing this…I might convert to cake!:)

  11. Kim October 7, 2008 Reply

    Dark Victory is a good name for these luscious cake like brownies.

  12. jennifer October 7, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, everyone!

    Jennifer, they are not thin. Not overly thick, but definitely not thin.

    Amanda, there are several great-looking recipes in this book. I’ve got my eye on more than I’ll probably ever get around to making. :-)

    Nan, that is the “official name” of these brownies.

  13. maris October 7, 2008 Reply

    these look amazing! i think if i made them i would have to give them away immediately or else i’d likely eat the entire batch in a sitting :)

  14. RecipeGirl October 7, 2008 Reply

    No nuts for me. Looks like a completely decadent and terrific way to celebrate your bday. Hope it was happy!

  15. Morgana October 8, 2008 Reply

    Thank you very much for this recipe. I’m new on brownies and these look really good. Another recipe to try!

    (Let me say that I tried the pear bread recipe last sunday and… well no crumbs are left, IT IS DELICIOUS!!! Thank you again). (k)

    Oh! And happy birthday!!!

  16. Kevin October 8, 2008 Reply

    Just look at the texture of those brownies…mmm…

  17. Liz October 8, 2008 Reply
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  19. the caked crusader October 9, 2008 Reply

    That is one good-looking satisyingly dark brownie. Could I do justice to that right now….!

  20. belinhagulosa October 9, 2008 Reply

    hummmmmmmmmmmmm…que maravilha,just wonderful,jinhos,kisses

  21. Tina October 9, 2008 Reply

    Holy moly! Looks so yummy!

  22. jennifer October 10, 2008 Reply

    Thanks again, everyone! :-)

  23. lisa October 12, 2008 Reply

    your blog is absolutely delicious…I’ve been popping in for awhile now and I’m always inspired by your great recipes and photos.

  24. jennifer October 12, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, lisa. How very sweet!

  25. Jeri October 12, 2008 Reply

    This looks like one I MUST try. I love your blog!

  26. Indigo October 13, 2008 Reply

    I’m another sour cream fan when it comes to baking; these sound to die for.

  27. maris October 13, 2008 Reply

    These look absolutely to die for! I haven’t made brownies in quite awhile but it sounds like I might have to try some soon!

  28. zestycook October 14, 2008 Reply

    I wish I had a whole pan of these right now! I am starving!! Awesome post. Can’t wait to try these.

  29. nichole October 14, 2008 Reply

    I adore this book, and my son and I have baked many wonderful things from it.

  30. jennifer October 14, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, y’all!

  31. maris October 20, 2008 Reply

    sour cream was the “secret ingredient” in my grandmother’s chocolate cake back in the day, but I guess it isn’t such a big secret anymore! It makes bake goods SO moist. yum!

  32. jennifer October 20, 2008 Reply

    maris, that sour cream just does something magical to cakes and these brownies. Yum!

  33. elizabeth October 21, 2008 Reply

    I love this book! I haven’t made the brownies yet, but I am a huge fan of her triple ginger biscotti and the almond tea cakes. They are delicious!

  34. Emily November 11, 2008 Reply

    I was just looking for a brownie recipe!! Yay!

  35. Tammy August 31, 2013 Reply

    Making these now! Can’t wait!

  36. Praveen Kumar October 6, 2013 Reply

    Love brownies and this looks yummy.

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