I wouldn’t normally add another cookie recipe so soon after the last one but these cookies were made for a special occasion… My boyfriend, Alex’s birthday. It might seem like a strange choice for a birthday but he absolutely loves them. And let’s face it, I have a lot of spare time on my hands recently to bake so he got lucky! It seems that every time we do a food shop, a pack of Smarties cookies manages to find its way in to our trolley. Very suspicious if you ask me.
I would describe these cookies as having a chewy dough, with the added crunch of the sugar shelled smarties. The bright colours of the smarties also make them a real treat for the eyes, as well as the stomach. They have a bit of everything really and they’re SUPER easy to make so no excuses! Plus, if you ask me, they give the official smarties cookies a run for their money, while giving you a lot more for your money! What more could you ask for!
Although, as I said, these cookies are easy to make, this was made a lot harder for me when my oven decided to break just before I could put my last batch in so I was down about four cookies in the end. Unlucky for Alex! And unlucky for me as I don’t like to see anything go to waste. But I still ended up with about 16 cookies so he couldn’t complain! It also means I still managed to get a photo of the finished product for you all.
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250g butter, softened
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
300g caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tubes of smarties
Line your baking trays – you can probably only use two at a time so I would suggest only lining two. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
Slowly mix together the contents of both bowls until they form a stiff dough.
Roll the dough in to about 20 balls and place on your baking trays. These will expand a lot so I would suggest you only put about 4 balls per tray and bake them in batches. This just avoids them all sticking together!
Before the cookies go in to the oven, you need to add the smarties. I would press about 5-6 smarties in to the top of each ball. You can, of course, use this recipe with other sweets. For example, m&ms would work well.
Bake the cookies for 15 minutes until golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. If you remove them immediately they will be very soft and probably break.
The cookies will keep for 5 days if kept in an airtight container.