10 August, 2010

Homemade Berger Cookies

To go along with our celebratory jumbo crabs this past weekend, I commissioned my sister Genevieve to make Josh and I some of her homemade Berger Cookies for dessert. And, your either gonna love me or hate me for sharing, cuz these babies are the death of any diet...

1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups unbleached All-Purpose flour
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, salt, vanilla, and baking powder. Beat in the sugar, then the egg.

Add the flour to the wet ingredients alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Do this gently; there’s no need to beat the batter.

Using a teaspoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each mound of dough to a circle about 1 ½" across; wet your fingers or a knife, or grease the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup to do this. Leave 2" to 2 1⁄2" between each cookie, for expansion.

Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes at 400°, or until they’re a mottled brown on the bottom (carefully tilt one up to look), but not colored on top. You may see the barest hint of browning around the edges, but these cookies are supposed to be soft and cake-like, so don’t over-bake them. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Great Aunt Mary's Icing
12 squares (6 oz) Ghiradelli unsweetened chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
10 tablespoons milk
4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
2 pinches salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter together over double boiler. Add remaining ingredients blending til smooth and all lumps gone.

*Genevieve substituted our Great Aunt Mary's yummy chocolate icing recipe for the one she found online.

Set cookies on a rack. Spread icing evenly atop the cookies. Allow to set, then store airtight in a single layer.

Yield: Twenty-eight 2 ¼" cookies.

See? That's right. Death to any diet...

Yup, those same hands that were shoveling in Berger Cookies faster than my sister could spread the icing paid the piper on Monday when they met the carpet for countless, grueling penance push ups...

Kindness of everyone for just accepting the fact that every picture til Labor Day will have me sporting my post, swimming in the ocean all day, Simba doo, aka, the golden helmet. Both id's coined by Babe. Once a swimmer, always a swimmer...XXOO


  1. I can't believe you just posted this. My daughter and I were just talking about Berger cookies. Aieeeee! We will be making these asap! Thank you once again for great recipes.

    PS. Love the necklace. Is that one of you-know-who's?

  2. I must make these ASAP! I was just about to have some fruit for breakfast, but now I have something sweeter in mind... Have a great day! xoxo

  3. Yes, it is Meg Carter's Mallorca necklace and I luuuv it! Also, her Big Pearl, little pink opal earrings...XXOO

  4. Truthfully, how close do these taste to these taste to the real thing? This could be a very bad find for a baker who loves Berger cookies!

  5. YUM! They look delicious! But dont make me go all grammar nazi on you!

  6. Seriously? I just lost 7 pounds. This is simply not fair. What a great Baltimore recipe to include in our gifts!!! xoxo

  7. Needs more chocolate! I think that they use a small round mould to make the cookie/cake part in. But what a great present for your baltimore-centric supper, hon!

  8. YUM.

    I tried to make my own DIY Berger Cookies last year (see here: http://makingstuffanddoingthings.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/vegan-berger-cookies/), but I always end up going overboard and putting too much chocolate on top--if such a thing is possible!

  9. Making these today! Will pay for it at the gym later!

  10. YUM! I cannot believe your sis has a recipe for these! I must make them soon!!!!

  11. Wowzers...and thank you!! Sorry if I've missed it, but at what temperature do these lil' beauties bake?

  12. Forget the cookie. I'll take a spoon and the sauce pan of icing, please! WOW!

  13. Must.Make.Those.Cookies.

    Must.Have.The.Necklace :)

  14. Well. Another diet day shot to hell.

  15. I feel a little like the Cookie Monster looking at those...
    Thanks. Alot ;)

  16. Oh I could eat every single one of those. And unfortunately, I am serious. You're a doll no matter the hairdo! xoxo

  17. Okay- there is something *terribly* wrong when a person who loves to cook and who considers herself a bit of a "foodie" has bookmarked allll of her most recent recipes from this blog! Just sayin' (shrug)

    ~Anonymous in Boca

  18. Allie, you've made me think of Berger cookies ALL day. I would not let myself go to Bradley Food & Deli at lunch and bypassed Wagshawe's on the way home. I do not have the energy to bake now (fortunately).

  19. oooohhh thank you so much for the recipe... i will indulge soon... until then... a pop tart will have to do...
    xx pam

  20. Yup, hate you for this recipe, but looks like your bod is slammin in your pic, so I think a cookie or two ain't so bad!

  21. And here I though they were topped with Nutella! Still sounds delicious to me!! : )