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Dark Victory Brownies

Dark Victory Brownies are amazingly rich and wonderfully delicious! - Bake or Break

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

Yield 16 2-inch brownies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Dark Victory Brownies are delicious, cake-like brownies made with sour cream and plenty of chocolate.

Dark Victory Brownies are amazingly rich and wonderfully delicious! - Bake or Break


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil so that 2 inches hang over two opposite sides. Grease the foil.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or microwave). Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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    36 Comments on “Dark Victory Brownies”

  1. Bookmarked! I love sour cream in chocolate cake.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. 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. Just look at the texture of those brownies…mmm…

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

  18. hummmmmmmmmmmmm…que maravilha,just wonderful,jinhos,kisses

  19. Holy moly! Looks so yummy!

  20. Thanks again, everyone! 🙂

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

  22. Thanks, lisa. How very sweet!

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

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

  25. 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!

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

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

  28. 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!

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

  30. 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!

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

  32. Making these now! Can’t wait!

  33. Love brownies and this looks yummy.

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