Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vanilla Men Cookies with Chocolate Filling Bakery Recipe

As a child, if we were good during the grocery shopping, my mom would reward us. She would take us to the local bakery, next door to the grocer she frequented. We were allowed one cookie each, and I looked forward to that weekly visit.  I always got my favorite; the "Vanilla Man" cookie. The most decadent, buttery goodness with a luscious chocolate center.

Unfortunately, that baker is no longer with us, and his delicious recipes, died with him. When I had my own child, those wonderful memories of my visits to David's Bakery flooded back, and I longed to share those cookies with my son. Years- I've searched and tried to match that recipe, to no avail. Until now. I've finally matched it -  to the best of my recollection.  And though, my child is no longer a child, I share this recipe with you, in hopes that it brings the same joy to other children, as it did me; all those years ago.

Vanilla Men Cookies with Hershey's Chocolate Spread


1 Cup of Sugar
3 Sticks of Butter (3/4 pound) at room temperature
2 Egg yolks
1 Tbl of Vanilla
3 Cups of Bread Flour
1 Jar of Hershey's Chocolate Spread


Wax paper
Parchment paper
Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter

Using a mixer, Cream Butter and 1 Cup Sugar together. Add Egg Yolks and Vanilla to butter mixture. Mix well and slowly add in the Bread Flour. You may have to hand knead, if using a hand held mixer. Tear off a sheet of wax paper and spread dough onto sheet. Roll dough out to about 1/2" thickness, then cover with another sheet of wax paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until ready to cook. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter, cut out cookies and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake about 10 to 15 minutes. Do Not allow them to Brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheet. When cooled completely, spread Chocolate on 1 cookie and place another on top.

Vanilla Men Cookies with Hershey's Chocolate Spread

Yields about 1 dozen Vanilla Chocolate Men Cookies. These would be great Santa Cookies, or in cookie arrangements, or even bagged as a party favor. They are simply delicious and cute.

Vanilla Men Cookies with Hershey's Chocolate Spread

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