Legacy of Sweetness: Preserving Tradition with Ben Otterbein | Crafting Community, Quality, and Flavors at Otterbein Cookies

Legacy of Sweetness: Preserving Tradition with Ben Otterbein | Crafting Community, Quality, and Flavors at Otterbein Cookies

Tune in and be inspired by 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, hosted by the engaging Rob Lee. Together with our guest today, Ben Otterbein, the fifth-generation owner of Otterbein Cookies, embodies the rich heritage of a Baltimore institution established in 1881. In this episode of The Truth In This Art, host Rob Lee delves into Ben's journey as he transitioned from a career in web development to preserving and advancing the family-owned Otterbein's Cookies business. With a legacy spanning 140 years, Ben remains dedicated to upholding the bakery's tradition and fostering a strong sense of community within the company, ensuring that Otterbein's Cookies continues to be a beloved Baltimore staple.

About Otterbein's Cookies

A family of German immigrants would come to Baltimore, Maryland and start a little bakery near Fort McHenry (Oh say, can you see!), where Adam Otterbein would create a crispy, buttery sugar cookie that an entire city would fall in love with. For Otterbein's Cookies, it's simple baking. simple pleasures. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.
In the following discussion:

  • Otterbein Cookies' ethos, spotlighting the magic of simplicity and premium ingredients in their delectable creations.
  • Dive into the podcast's exploration of familial work dynamics, as Otterbein Cookies champions their employees, acknowledging their pivotal role in the company's triumph.
  • Join the podcast's narrative on innovation, as Otterbein Cookies' collaborative and experimental approach ushers in new flavors while preserving the brand's essence.
  • Immerse yourself in the podcast episode's heartwarming journey, as Otterbein Cookies revels in its Baltimore heritage and the profound affection and backing from its loyal patrons.

Don't miss this impactful conversation with Ben as he shares his journey of taking over the family business and the importance of family culture and traditions in their baking. He discusses how new cookie flavors are decided on and the simplicity and quality that sets Otterbein Cookies apart. Ben also reflects on the pride and humility of being a brand synonymous with Baltimore.


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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Ben Otterbein
Ben Otterbein
vice president of Otterbein's Cookies