Copycat Berger Cookies
Legendary in Baltimore, Berger cookies are a regional treat that has grown in popularity around the country. Relatively simple in composition, these cookies are quite unique among commercial cookies—the pastry itself is similar in texture to a cake or a biscuit. Sweetened and flavored with vanilla extract, the cakey cookie has a tenderness and savory quality that can be attributed to the incorporation of sour cream into the dough. In our Copycat Berger Cookies recipe, as the cookie bakes, the acid from the sour cream softens the structure. This prevents the other ingredients in the dough from becoming tough and creating a firm cookie. Arguably more iconic than the cookie itself, it’s the sweetened chocolate icing on the base of the cookie that makes it recognizable to Baltimore natives. Most of the cookie’s sweetness comes from this rich chocolate icing, and the smooth texture of the chocolate is a delicious contrast to the crumbly and cakey texture of the cookie itself.