Copycat Berger Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


35 cookies

Updated: Dec. 23, 2023
After a friend who had recently traveled to Baltimore sent me a package of Berger cookies, I was hooked. They disappeared so quickly that I decided to try and re-create them at home. After many tests and tweaks, my husband and I gained 6 pounds between the two of us, but it was worth it—I landed on a reproduction of the famous cookie I'm so proud of. —Marina Castle-Kelley, Canyon Country, California
Copycat Berger Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Beat butter, baking powder, salt and vanilla until combined. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour; do not overmix.
  2. Drop by 3 tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. With wet fingers, flatten each into a 3-in. circle.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Cool on pan 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small saucepan, stir icing ingredients over low heat just until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Using a hand mixer, beat on high until mixture thickens and becomes lighter in color, 6-7 minutes.
  5. Spread 2 Tbsp. icing over flat side of each cookie; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
To test cookie doneness, use a spatula and gently lift the edge of a cookie. The top will not be brown, but the edge will be slightly brown.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 296 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.