Make Your Own Berger Cookies At Home

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A Baltimore classic, Berger cookies are a popular treat for a good reason. The unique cookie is similar to a small cake or biscuit. The chocolate icing is what makes it recognizable to all Baltimore, and surrounding area, natives. Take a look at how you can recreate this sweet recipe from the comfort of your own home.


These delicious cookies require basic cookie ingredients, including the following:

  • ½ cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup sour cream

Chocolate icing:

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoon softened unsalted butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

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How to Make

Step 1: Take a large mixing bowl and beat together your butter and sugar until it is lightened. This may take about 3 minutes. Add your egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. You are going to beat these together until they are fluffy. This may take about 2 minutes. In another bowl, whisk your flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add half of your sour cream to the butter and sugar mixture and mix it together. Repeat with the rest of your sour cream and flour. Once the dough is combined, wrap it in plastic wrap and let refrigerate for at least one hour.

Step 2: While the dough is in the fridge, pre-heat your oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper for later. On a well-floured surface, place the dough and roll out a 10-inch wide circle that is about ½ inch thick. Flour a round 2-inch cookie cutter and cut out your cookies from the dough. Place on the parchment paper about 2-inches apart.

Step 3: Bake the cookies until the surface is dry and the bottom of the cookies starts to get a little color. Remove your cookies to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Step 4: While your cookies are cooling, grab a saucepan and heat your cream over medium-high until steaming. Remove from the heat and add chocolate chips and vanilla. Let it sit for 5 minutes before whisking until smooth. Stir in your butter, add powdered sugar, and whisk until it is fully incorporated.

Step 5: Dip the bottom of each cookie in the warm chocolate mixture and gently lift up letting the excess chocolate drip off. Turn the cookie upside down so the chocolate is facing up and place on the cooling rack and let dry. Do this for each cookie and let set it before serving.

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