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My affinity for the cookie is a long-term relationship. I can’t remember the last time I turned down an offer for a cookie. My standards are high, especially for the chocolate chip cookie. I usually like my chocolate chip cookies chewy in the middle and crispy on the edges, laced with chunks of gourmet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli).

I’m always looking for the best cookie I can find, and when I read about Otterbein’s reputation for having the tastiest cookies in Baltimore, I had to try them.

The Baltimore based bakery, in business since the late 1800s, was originally known for its homemade, thin but flavorful sugar cookies. The original owner, Adam Otterbein, came to Baltimore from Germany, and the business has remained in his family since.

At first, I was skeptical of the thin, delicate cookies. A few were already broken in the red checked paper bag that contained them. I do not usually prefer cookies that are too hard or crunchy, so I took my first bite with little expectation. How wrong I was though! Instantly, the flavor permeated my taste buds, the richness of the chocolate chips mixing with the subtle, sweet flavor of the crunchy cookie. Although the batter was thin, it packed a buttery flavor. Compared to the gigantic fat cookies I had always flocked to, these were so light, airy and didn’t leave me feeling ill afterwards. I can’t wait to buy more, and what’s better than supporting your local Baltimorean bakery? You can find Otterbein’s cookies at most grocery stores such as Eddie’s or Superfresh.

Otterbein’s has also beat out its Baltimorean competitor, the Berger cookie, for Baltimore magazine’s yearly award, The Best of Baltimore.


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