Smarties cookies

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Smarties are a childhood favourite chocolate for a lot of us. No one ever quite understood the infamous mystery behind saving the red ones for last. Likewise, nothing says reminiscence like cookies. The aroma of a fresh batch of cookies simply can’t be beat. So what happens when you fuse the two sweets together? A confectionary masterpiece. It’s a surprisingly simple and quick recipe that any inner child is bound to love. The key lies in the simplicity, here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Smarties chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cupall-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C).
  2. In large bowl, start with your dry ingredients. I’ve always found this technique to better incorporate all the ingredients: combining dry ingredients separately from the wet ingredients. Beat in the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, brown sugar and salt.
  3. Next, work with your wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Allow the butter to soften at room temperature and once so, beat the softened butter with an electric mixer until it forms a creamy mixture. Then beat in the vanilla extract and eggs one by one into the mix.
  4. Next, combine your wet ingredients with your dry ingredients into one large bowl, and mix for another 1-2 minutes until well combined. Once complete, I tend to knead the dough around until it forms one large ball, which makes it easier to separate into portions for the next step.
  5. Using a spoon, scoop a tablespoon of cookie dough, knead into a small ball, then flatten the dough into a circle shape. Place all shaped cookies onto a greased baking tray. Press 4-5 smarties on the top of your cookies depending on its size. Once complete, bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes. To check if it’s completely baked, I use the toothpick technique. If you can stick a toothpick into your cookies and no dough sticks to the toothpick, its ready to come out of the oven.

And just that simple, you have a classic twist on the perfect bite-sized treat! These can be served as goodiebag treats, or if you’re reluctant on sharing, perfectly fine as a solo snack. Approved by yours truly – S.

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