Berger Cookies, My Version

 Berger Cookies

These cookies, well the original, have quite a following. They are available only in the Baltimore area or by mail, and the recipe seems to be a closely guarded secret. Others have tried to come close but it just doesn’t ever seem to be quite right.

These are intensely vanilla, soft and cakey, moist, with a thick layer of chocolate ganache on top. If they aren’t what you are looking for, you still might like to give them a try and tweak the recipe to be a bit closer. Eventually we will get it right, I am sure.

Expect these to disappear quickly. Very quickly.

And do me a favor? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


Berger Cookies a la Baking Delights

Makes 24- 48  depending on how big you make them

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup unsalted butter

2 cups buttermilk

2 tsp. baking soda

5 c. flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tbs vanilla

Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Add vanilla. Sift together flour, salt soda, and baking powder and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Drop by tablespoon fulls on greased cookie sheets, or sheets covered with parchment or silicone.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched.

Let cool.


6 oz milk chocolate chopped

6 oz dark chocolate chopped

6 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped

1 c heavy cream

Bring heavy cream just to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until it is melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly, to a thick but spreadable consistancy. Smear over tops of cookies in a thick, 1/2 inch layer.

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    • shibani

      Marye,Ur ganache recipe sounds great.I needed a recipe for my cheese cake. Thank you for sharing this.

      I am going to try it soon.

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    • tboneski

      it sure looks delicious and addictive. Thank You for sharing it to us. Cant wait to tell my wife to try this tomorrow.

    • Marye

      Let me know if they measure up. :)

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    • CoreyDeBaufre

      I am not going to give you our recipe, but I will tell you that we don’t “ice” our cookies, we simply scoop chocolate out of a bowl with the cookie.

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    • jen of a2eatwrite

      Wow, wow, wow! That’s all I’ve got to say.

    • Marye

      LOL! Jen you are so funny

    • Cakespy

      Oh, what luck to come across this! We are based in Seattle and were just recently acquainted with the mighty Berger. Just posted a love letter to the cookie on the site and put a link to this recipe–I personally can’t wait to try yours! From the top pic, it looks pretty darn close! :-)

    • Marye

      Thanks…OOOH..Cakespy..I am honored!

    • http://N/A DONNA

      Made these last night – this recipe made over 60 good sized cookies (cookies everywhere!) They were okay in my opinion……….not at all like the real thing. The cookie is more like a cake in this recipe……..maybe too much baking soda or powder?

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