How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, salt, vanilla, and baking powder. Beat in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 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 muffin scoop, or a 1/4-cup measure, drop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each mound of dough to a circle about 3" across with wet fingers.
  • Leave 2" to 2 ½" between each cookie, for expansion.
  • Bake the cookies for about 11 minutes, 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.
  • Place the chocolate chips, baking chocolate, corn syrup, butter, and cream into a large microwave-safe bowl, or into a large saucepan. Heat the mixture till it’s very hot; the cream will start to form bubbles.
  • Remove from the heat, and stir until smooth.
  • Let cool to room temperature; this will take at least a couple of hours, so plan accordingly.
  • When completely cool, beat with an electric mixer for 6 to 7 minutes, until the icing lightens in color just a bit, and thickens just slightly.
  • Spread each cookie with a generous 3 tablespoons icing (about 42g, about 1 1/2 ounces), leaving ¼" bare around the outside edge of each cookie. A heaped tablespoon cookie scoop works very well here.
  • It’ll feel like you’re piling on a lot of icing; that’s precisely the point!
  • Allow to set, then store airtight in a single layer.
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    " It was excellent "
    crabhappychick ate it and said...
    OMG! How I miss Berger cookies from the stand at Lexington Market in Baltimore. These are absolutely addictive. I am going to make these for my husband's birthday to surprise that old Baltimore boy still left in him. THANK YOU!!!
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  • debbie919 11 years ago
    Love the sound of these - actually sound better than the Black and Whites, and I love those!
    Thanks for the great post!
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