Otterbein’s Bakery: A Baltimore Tradition

The people of Baltimore have been enjoying Otterbein’s cookies since 1881, when Adam Otterbein arrived from Germany and opened a small bakery near Fort McHenry. Although he made all sorts of traditional German breads and pastries, his thin sugar cookies, cut by hand, were what propelled his modest bakery to success. Otterbein’s cookies became a local favorite as word spread. Visitors in the know began seeking out the delicate cookies.

As the bakery and the family grew, the Otterbeins kept up the tradition. The bakery passed to Adam’s son August, then to his grandson Joseph, who moved it to northeast Baltimore, where locals lined up thirty deep during the holidays to get the delicious cookies they’d grown up loving, hot from the oven.

Today the bakery is run by Adam’s great-grandson, Mark, who spent his teen years competing with other employees to be the fastest cookie-cutter in the bakery. Today Mark, along with his wife Jenny, sister Joan, and brother Paul, has brought Otterbein’s into the twenty-first century with new flavors, a wholesale cookie business, and ONLINE SHIPPING to anywhere in the world.

Whether you’re a homesick Baltimore native or a food lover from far away, we hope your family will enjoy the homemade taste of our family recipes.

Kudos To Your Company

“Dear Sir,

I had never heard of your company until several years ago. My 90-year-old neighbor introduced me to your cookies. We sit and talk about old times while having tea and Otterbein cookies. I will not buy any other brand of cookies. She has told me history about the company and how long you have been a tradition in her house. Be sure that I hope one day to be her age and share tea and Otterbein cookies. I might not live to be 90 but rest assure I will be eating Otterbein cookies. Thank you for such a wonderful home made cookies.”

– Pat


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