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Recipe | Vanilla-filled Chocolate Cookies


This is the second recipe that I’ve attempted from the Hummingbird Bakery: Life is Sweet book. The first recipe I made was the Tunnel of Fudge Cake and it was delicious! These Vanilla-filled Chocolate Cookies are equally as tasty.

I had expected the recipes in this book to be quite complex but they aren’t at all. Most of my baking turns out a bit of a disaster but both of these recipes have turned out great, I’m actually pretty chuffed with myself!

The kids loved these and have already been asking me to make some more, well they are basically a homemade Oreo and who doesn’t love an Oreo?! I can’t wait to make another batch.

Taken from the book…

These are a homemade version of a certain famous American cookie! Be sure to press down the unbaked balls of dough with the bottom of a glass dipped in caster sugar to prevent them from sticking.



Makes 25 – 30 filled cookies 

For the cookies 

  • 170g plain flour
  • 90g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 320g caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • 1 large egg

For the filling 

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 435g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

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  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line three baking sheets with baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Using a freestanding mixer or a handheld whisk, cream the butter and sugar together for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat on medium speed until just incorporated. Lower the speed and add the dry ingredients gradually until the dough is well combined.
  • Using a small 15ml scoop or teaspoon, drop round dough balls onto the baking sheets about 5cm apart. Press the bottom of a glass into a bowl of caster sugar and use it to flatten the cookie dough to 3-4mm thick.
  • Bake for approximately 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  • To make the filling, use a freestanding mixer or an electric whisk to beat the butter until it’s light and fluffy. On a low speed, carefully add the icing sugar and when it’s just incorporated, turn up the speed and beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and continue to beat for at least 2 more minutes.
  • To assemble the cookies, put the vanilla filling into a piping bag and pipe about 1 tablespoon of the filling onto one of the cookies in a spiral, leaving a space around the edges. Cover with another cookie and gently press together so that the filling now squeezes out near the edges of the cookies. Repeat until you have used up all the cookies and filling.

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Thanks for reading.


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  1. July 11, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I am rubbish at baking but these cookies look.so scummy in your photos that I may just have to give it a go! Thanks for sharing ?

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:17 am

      Give them a go, you won’t be disappointed! x

  2. July 11, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Oh Oreos are a firm favourite in this household for sure! My 14 year old loves to bake so I am going to share this recipe with her to bake over the summer holidays – thank you so much for posting! #BigPinkLink

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:18 am

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you are going to give them a go 🙂 x

  3. July 11, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Oooooooooooh! I am trying to be good and you post this. This is torture because now I need to bake these and eat them all!

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:19 am

      OOH sorry! But one little cookie won’t hurt will it? 😉 x

  4. July 11, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Mmmm mmmm these sounds amazing, I totally need to get this cook book! Popping over from #marvmondays

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:19 am

      It’s a great book, I highly recommend it x

  5. July 11, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Oh wow sounds delicious! Don’t forget to invite me over next time wink I may have to try this out now! Xxx #BigPinkLink

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Haha, give it a go! x

  6. July 11, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I need to be in the mood to bake! but these look so delicious.

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:21 am

      Thank you x

  7. July 11, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Oh wow-these look amazing!! I’ve seen a couple of posts about hummingbird cakes, and everyone has said how simple they are, they look so complicated!! I’m also a bit of a baking disaster, and I do actually have a hummingbird book, so I really must get on this! Especially as baking and eating their products are my boys absolute favourite thing!!!!

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:23 am

      Yes the recipes look quite complicated at first glace but they really aren’t. If I can do it, anyone can! x

  8. July 11, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    These look yummy! We have this book and I am enjoying trying out lots of different recipes. This one is going to top of my list x #marvmondays

    • July 12, 2016 / 9:25 am

      I’m thinking red velvet brownie next, but all the recipes look amazing x

  9. July 12, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Yum Emma, these really look and sound so good !

    • July 12, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks, they really are x

  10. July 13, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Oh my gosh these look AMAZING!! I love oreos and am soo going to be trying this recipe out. Thanks for sharing xx #bigpinklink

    • Emma
      July 14, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      You won’t be disappointed, they are yummy x

  11. July 17, 2016 / 11:40 am

    They look very yummy! Way better than those other American sweets you refer too! Wish I was close by! #BigPinkLink

    • Emma
      July 17, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Definitely better, even if I do say so myself x

  12. July 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Yum! They look and sound divine. My husband is a big oreo fan and would love these so I may just have to give them a try 😉 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • Emma
      July 17, 2016 / 5:34 pm

      They are delicious, give them a try 🙂 x