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Berger cookies are a Maryland thing: a cakey round bottom—like the sole of black-and-white cookie—is dipped (by hand!) into a grainy-sweet chocolate frosting, which hardens into a messy and generous layer of fudge.
You can order Berger cookies online, but—rather than risk them melting in transit—the better bet might be to make them yourself. While a homemade version might never be an exact replica, it can be close enough (in flavor, in texture, in appearance) to get the job done, and will give you the satisfaction of having crafted something by hand. Sometimes, it can be even better than the original. (You are not a traitor for thinking so.)
We've got a shortlist of regional favorites, '90s-era after-school snacks, and cult classics (It's-Its, looking at you) that we're vying to recreate, but we want to hear from you, too: Tell us the recipes you want to be able to replicate at home in the comments and we'll do our best to deliver.
In the meantime, here are the 40 DIY foods you've loved the most, inspired by your supermarket's wall of dressings and the bagel shop and the take-out menu, to get started on:
Want a recipe for mochi ice cream? For birch soda? For Honey Buns? Tell us in the comments.