History

The Hunter Valley Cookie Story

Sheryl and Jenny

Hunter Valley Cookies was founded by Sheryl Machain and her sister Jenny in 2001, as a tribute to their beloved Nan. Starting off in the kitchen at the old Maitland Gaol, they were released for good behaviour after 12 months and opened a small shop in East Maitland. Since then the kitchen has relocated a few times and now calls Pokolbin home.

Hunter Valley Cookies have been a well known staple in cafes, clubs and other venues throughout the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens and Sydney areas and are recognisable by the glass jars found atop counters and display cabinets.

Sheryl and Jenny referred to their beloved Nan’s recipes, experimenting and creating mouthwatering flavours that families everywhere have come to adore.

Using only the best ingredients and baked fresh to order, these cookies are made with love and aim to bring back your childhood memories of indulging in your grandmother’s baking.

Boasting a massive 20 flavours, Hunter Valley Cookies have become famous in the Hunter’s cafe culture. Their Royal Easter Show Bronze Award Winning Sticky Date & Ginger is most definitely the culinary favourite, followed closely by their Macadamia White Chocolate, Full Monty and Gluten Free Florentine to name a few. Hunter Valley Cookies also spread the love to the kids with their Oops-a-Daisy and Dotz-n-Spotz, however there are many other favourites on offer.

Sheryl and her husband Fred finally hung up the rolling pin in January 2020, and are now living it up in retirement. Their long time employee Larissa and her husband John have taken over their dream, and aim everyday to honour Sheryl’s legacy to her Nan.

Sheryl and Fred
Larissa and John