Chocolate Cookie Bowl, Part 1–Baltimore Berger Cookies

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For our Super Bowl menu, we had Maryland vs. San Francisco food, and our desserts featured an east vs. west chocolate cookie showdown. Here is my whole wheat recipe for Baltimore Berger cookies. As far as I can tell, these were originally made by one bakery and gained wider popularity in the city. Today, they seem to be less popular and reviews online were mixed. Still, the combination of a shortbread cookie and chocolate frosting sounded pretty good, so we forged ahead with our own version.

These don’t look fancy, but they are very rich and super tasty. We used locally milled, whole wheat pastry flour and organic sugar for these little bad boys. The shortbread is rich and buttery (as shortbread should be) with a nice bit of nuttiness in the wheat flour. With only four ingredients, these are easy to make and would be a great family baking recipe!

Baltimore Berger Cookies (makes 24 cookies)

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, cut into 16 tablespoon sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup organic , unbleached sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (you can sub all-purpose flour)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine butter and sugar. Beat on high speed for about 4 minutes, until well blended.
  2. With mixer on low, add flour 1/4 cup at a time until dough is well blended.
  3. Remove dough from bowl and shape into a log about 12″ long and 2″ wide. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Remove dough roll from the refrigerator and cut into 24 equal slices. Place cookie slices on the lined baking sheet about 1″ apart.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Cookies should not brown, but they should be dry and firm.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes on the baking sheet.
  9. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  10. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 1 minute increments, stirring between and stopping when chocolate is smooth.
  11. Spread about 1 tablespoon chocolate on each cookie and let set.

Tomorrow–Ghiradelli Whoppers!

Week 6 Budget and Menu

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!! This is both a happy day and a sad day for me. I love football, so the Super Bowl is both a great celebration and a sad end to the season. We like to plan Super Bowl dinners that honor the teams playing, while also using sustainable, organic, local or ethically sourced foods! I’m excited about the teams this year. Although I grew up in Maryland (in the pre-Falcon years), I have to admit that I needed to Google “Baltimore foods” to find out what in the world is from Baltimore other than crabcakes. The results did not really impress me, so I’m sticking with crabcakes and Berger cookies, which I will make myself (recipe to come). San Francisco, on the other hand, had lots of possibilities and we will be using our garden greens for a great Asian-inspired stir fry.

Our Super Bowl week grocery shopping is always over budget and at $121.06, this year is no different. Another reason our shopping is higher? I’m adding tart cherries and tart cherry juice to my diet as an experiment to see if I can deal better with some early arthritis without medication. It is expensive, but certainly a tasty way to address a medical issue!

Budget

  • Locals Seafood (crabcakes): $20.00
  • Mae Farm (Boston butt, bacon): $33.80
  • Other farmers market (kale, apples): $7.00
  • Trader Joes (pot stickers, curry simmer sauce, tart cherry juice, dried tart cherries, pie crust, oatmeal frozen fruit, Ghiradelli chocolate, soy milk):$60.26

Menu

  • Sunday–NC crabcakes with stir fried winter greens, pot stickers, Berger cookies
  • Monday–white bean soup with chard and rosemary
  • Tuesday–Curried chicken over organic rice, greens
  • Wednesday–Carrot-ginger soup, salad
  • Thursday–Quiche with bacon and winter greens
  • Friday–Crock pot pork barbeque and collard greens
  • Saturday–Out for my birthday celebration!

Have a healthy and tasty week!

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