Swiss Chocolate Bars

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Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins plus cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 36 servings


•2 cups all-purpose flour
•2 cups sugar
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 eggs, lightly beaten
•1/2 cup sour cream
•1 cup water
•1/2 cup butter, cubed
•1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate


•4 cups confectioners' sugar
•1/2 cup butter, cubed
•1/3 cup milk
•1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•Pecan halves


•In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, combine eggs and sour cream. In a small saucepan, cook and stir water, butter and chocolate just until melted. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in sour cream mixture until well blended.
• Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
• Meanwhile, for frosting, place confectioner's sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
• In a small saucepan combine the butter, milk and chocolate. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Beat into confectioner's sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Let stand for 5 minutes. Spread over warm bars. Top with pecan halves. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Yield: about 3 dozen.


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