By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—If you’ve been in Baltimore for a while, you have no doubt enjoyed some Berger Cookies. The chocolate cookie is an all-time favorite.

Ron Matz reports there’s a new twist to this Baltimore classic.

Enter the home of Berger Cookies and you’ll land in chocolate heaven. They’re hand-made, and Baltimoreans buy them to the tune of 20,000 cookies per week.

“We’ve been around since 1835, haven’t changed the recipe. Make it the same way, still made by hand. We basically try and keep it the same, keep it consistent. That way you know what you’re getting when you buy it,” said Charles DeBaufre, owner Berger Cookies.

Now you can go retro. Berger’s is making limited edition strawberry, lemon and rum cookies.

“We made them back in the ’60s and ’70s, but they had been discontinued and I decided we’ve got a little time and they’ve been well received,” DeBaufre said.

The Parron family has theirs.

“We’re excited to see the retro cookies. My dad used to bring them home from the market when I was little, and our kids have never seen anything but the chocolate, so we’re going to introduce them to the other flavors,” said Mary Lou Parron, of Middle River. “We got the retro cookies: the lemon, strawberry and rum flavored. We’ll give some to our children who’ve never seen the retro cookies before and some to relatives in Michigan.”

The cakes are works of art. Two dozen employees make it all happen, bringing big smiles to cookie lovers.

All that chocolate sitting on a vanilla wafer . . .

“We don’t skimp on the chocolate,” DeBaufre said. “If you find one that doesn’t have as much chocolate, then somebody new is making your cookie. We put a lot of love into it.”

The retro Berger Cookies can be purchased online or ordered by phone. They will be available for a few more days. The chocolate cookies are sold in more than 500 stores.

Comments (2)
  1. Lynne Kelley Sturm says:

    As a kid I sold Bergers’ cookies and cakes in both Lexington Market and the old North Avenue market at a stall owned by Mr. & Mrs. Wayland Spillman. To see the old flavors return I am thrilled. Thanx Bergers

  2. David Rader says:

    Whew! I was worried these might be cookies made out of beef or something, considering the similar spelling and pronunciation of Bergers vs Burgars. I’ll have to try one of these, considering I’m a Baltimorean!

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