Baltimore's Famous Berger Cookies (Copycat Recipe) (2024)

by Mary Neumann · 24 Comments

Today’s tried & true recipe – Copycat Berger Cookies!!

Baltimore’s famous cookie! Cakey cookie topped with a thick layer of chocolate-fudgy frosting. The. Best. Cookie. Everrr!!

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While I’m in Alaska for the arrival of my sister’s sixth baby boy – yes SIX…they now have a sub for a basketball team – we all had the craving for the famous thick and fudgyBaltimore Berger Cookies. Having Berger Cookies shipped to Alaska is insanely expensive, so my sister and I searched the web and decided to try King Arthur Baking Company’s Berger Cookie recipe. Result – it’s a winning recipe, be sure to read the great reviews.

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I whipped these cookies up for my sister and the family, and they turned out great, we loved them. The cookies are pretty darn close to the original. The cookie portion is a great copycat. The chocolate icing is a little more rich than the original, but the texture is perfect. Overall, it’s a great copycat for one of my favorite cookies. I can’t wait to make these back home for family and friends.

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To order the Original Berger Cookies and have them shipped right to your door (I order these often and during the holidays), head over to Berger Cookies! Nothing beats the original, even though this is a great copycat recipe. These make a great gift!!

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Please note: This is not a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with Berger Cookies or King Arthur Baking Company, I am just a fan of this amazing cookie. I lived in Maryland for almost 10 years and miss being able to purchase these cookies at the grocery store. Our family and friends love these cookies so much, every time my husband travels and has a stop at BWI airport, he purchases several packages to bring home. I also purchase them and have them shipped right to my door.


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NOTE: When I share a tried & true recipe, I always credit the source and will often send you to the site for the directions. All you need to do is click on “Print Recipe” below, and it will take you to the full recipe. One extra step for an awesome recipe, that’s it! It’s important to me to share the love and send you to the original source.


Recipe from King Arthur Baking Company


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  • 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cupsUnbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup milk


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


For the directions and to print this awesome recipe, please head over toKing Arthur Baking Company !

Order the ORIGINAL BERGER COOKIES, and have them shipped right to your door! *This is not a sponsored post or affiliate link. I am just a fan.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Reader Interactions


  1. Lori

    My grandmother would get these at a bakery in Baltimore when she was a little girl. We had her cousin from Baltimore come and spend Christmas with us and she brought these as a treat! I’m an icing gal so these are right up my alley!


  2. Pamela Hyde

    We make similar cookies in New Orleans called Turtles. It’s basically the same shortbread cookie, topped with 4 pecan halves and topped with a rich fudge icing. So good! I will have to try making this.


  3. Heather N.

    I lived in Maryland all my life up to 6 years ago when I moved to Texas. When I met my husband we lived in Essex so I wasn’t that far from Berger’s! Now if only we can get an Entenmann’s store like what was in Dundalk that would be fantastic! (Or at least the recipe for their coffee crumb cake)
    I am in the process of making these cookies as we speak! Ill post a picture when I am done!


    • Dottie

      I live in Reading Pa. If you can find a Royal Farms they carry them. I drove 20 some mile to find a Royal Farms. Got me some Berger Cookies.


      • Heather N

        We unfortunately don’t have RoFo in Texas 😭


  4. Pamela Shank

    These cookies look delicious. I have never heard of them. I love finding out about recipes like this that have special meaning to my friends. The ingredients are very basic and things we would all have. I don’t seem to have any recipes for cakey cookies. I will make these. Thanks


  5. Kel-Lee

    Has anyone ever frozen them? I was thinking about doing these for a baking exchange.


    • Birdie

      I see the recipe on KAF says they are freeze-able! Go for it!


  6. Ruth Positano

    There is a bakery in Troy, NY called the Cookie Factory and they make the same cookies and they are called Fudge Fancies, they also make a miniature version which is bite size. They are selfish.


    • Suzannr

      I live near there, fudge fancies!!! Delicious!


    • Stephanie

      @Ruth, yay! Troy, NY Fudge Fancies used to be the best!!


    • Jenn

      Your cookie looks different…better than the one in the original KA recipe.


  7. Geniune Chocolate Face...NO MAKE-UP!!!

    Delicious !


  8. jennyanne

    Still not working! Anyone have it written down?


    • Patricia Leuthauser

      Sometimes things don’t come through on certain browsers. Try another. There’s Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc. I have to keep 2 different browsers going at the same time just to be able to switch back and forth to be able to use different sires.


  9. Jennifer Saulsbury

    I'm from MD and burgers cookies are simply amazing. I will have to try these! Happy baking HON!


  10. Anonymous

    I can't wait to try these! I was born in Baltimore and used to buy these at the High's convenience store, my sister and I couldn't get enough! I'm so glad I found this post! Thank you!!


  11. Anonymous

    Definitely stick with King Arthur flour, all. It is the best! It won the taste test on America's Test Kitchen (Cook's Country). You can taste the difference.


  12. Mel@Mellywood's Mansion

    MMM I would eat the frosting from the bowl!!! Yum, they look fab Mary!


  13. Heather @ The Beating Hearth

    Mmmmmmmm!!! I would lick that frosting…off of anybody. 🙂


  14. Ashley and additional voices...

    I love your blog!
    Did you use King Arthurs AP flour??? Or do you think any APF would work?
    I am going to make the crazy cake, and your cookies this week!



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What type of cookie is a Berger cookie? ›

Berger Cookies are a handmade cookie made and marketed by DeBaufre Bakeries of Baltimore, Maryland. The cookies are widely known for their thick, chocolate frosting on an imperfectly shaped shortbread cookie.

What cookie is Baltimore known for? ›

Baltimore's storied Berger cookies, a product of that city's DeBaufre Bakeries, are a close relation to New York City's Black and Whites (a.k.a. Half and Halfs or Half Moons). These cake-like cookies are piled with thick, rich chocolate icing — the thicker the better.

Do Berger cookies go bad? ›

These are fresh baked in Baltimore without preservatives. That means they have a much shorter shelf life than typical store bought cookies. We receive one to two batches of cookies each week and most packages have a best by date 2 to 3 weeks in the future.

What is the history of the Baltimore Berger cookie? ›

The history of Bergers Cookies began in 1835, when German immigrant Henry Berger arrived in the United States. A baker by trade, Henry came to The Land of Opportunity to follow his dreams, and soon opened a bakery in East Baltimore.

Are Berger cookies only sold in Maryland? ›

The cookies have remained popular for over 180 years, and they're still made in Baltimore. Despite their popularity in their hometown, though, Berger cookies never spread far. To this day, they're only sold in Baltimore and the Washington D.C. area.

Are Berger cookies a Maryland thing? ›

The history of Bergers Cookies began in 1835, when German immigrant Henry Berger arrived in the United States. A baker by trade, Henry came to The Land of Opportunity to follow his dreams, and soon opened a bakery in East Baltimore.

Why do Maryland cookies taste different? ›

It appears that the new baking technology allowing chocolate to be 'built into' the biscuit caused a great deal of excitement – this really was a whole new taste and mouth – feel experience.

What is the #1 cookie in the United States? ›

The chocolate chip cookie is far and away America's favorite cookie This should come as no surprise to anyone who enjoys the tasty treat. More than 53% of American adults prefer the cookies over the next most popular kind, peanut butter.

What is the #1 cookie in the US? ›

America's favorite cookie and the one dubbed “the American cookie” is the Chocolate chip cookie.

Who owns Berger cookies? ›

After World War I, George Russell, a young man who worked for the Berger family, took over the business. Another switch happened when the DeBaufre family, who worked for the Russells, bought the business in 1969. Berger cookies are owned by the DeBaufre family to this day.

What do Berger cookies taste like? ›

The cookie is a generic shortbread and the fudgy top is not exactly Ghirardelli— it's essentially a super sweet cross between chocolate icing and chocolate fudge, the kind of thing that leaves teeth marks when you bite into it (shudder).

Do Berger cookies need to be refrigerated? ›

They are great left at room temperature and will last 3-4 days as long as they are stored in an airtight bag or container. It's important to make sure they are kept away from things like sunlight or other heat sources. You can refrigerate the Berger cookies if you want to, and they taste great cold.

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Is a rainbow cookie a cookie? ›

Rainbow cookie or rainbow cake usually refers to a three-layered almond-flavored Italian-American cookie, but can also refer to any of a number of rainbow-colored confections.

What kind of cookie is a smart cookie? ›

DIABETIC AND KETO FRIENDLY: The perfect snack for diabetics and low-carb keto eaters, SmartCookies pack the flavor of delicious and fluffy chocolate chip cookies without all of the bad stuff. We use only diabetic-friendly ingredients that won't affect blood sugar.

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