Smarties Cookies

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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.

Ingredients
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

Method
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.

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Slowly mix together the contents of both bowls until they form a stiff dough.

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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!

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imageBefore 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.

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imageBake 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.

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The cookies will keep for 5 days if kept in an airtight container.

Enjoy! X

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