Smarties cookies
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Smarties cookies

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Serves 1 - 20 Cookies

This recipe is featured in the August 2008 issue of GoodFood as a reader recipe and is great fun for kids to make!

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Ingredients

  • 350g/12oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 250g/9oz butter softened
  • 300g/ 10oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 X 40g boxes Smarties

Method

    1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
    2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda,baking powder and a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl, then set a side.
    3. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla.
    4. Gradually beat in the sifted dry ingredients to form a stiff dough.
    5. Roll the fough into 20 balls, then place on ungreased baking drays, spaced well apart.(WARNING: THE COOKIES WILL EXPAND LOTS, DO NOT PUT CLOSE TOGETHER!!! )
    6. Press several Smarties into each ball, flattening the ball slightly.
    7. Bake for 15 minutes until pale golden brown.
    8. Leave on trays 2 minutes and remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
    9. Will keep in an airtight tin for up to 5 days
    10. NUTRITION: PER COOKIE : 253 kcalorices, protein 3g, carbohydrate 35g, fat 12g, saturated fat 7g, fibre 1g, sugar 22g, salt o.47g.

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jerseyporter's picture

I've made these loads of times, but I have tweaked the recipe somewhat, as the first time I made them they were far too sweet (unnecessarily so, imho) and spread too much. Since I know sugar is the prime cause of biscuits spreading too much I reduce the sugar from 10oz to 7oz/300g to 210g, and the butter from 9oz/250g to 8oz/225g. Believe me, you won't miss the sugar, and everyone who's tried the original version against the reduced-sugar version say the reduced-sugar version does taste so much better (I bake regularly for my staff room where I teach, and 30 colleagues can't all be wrong!).

The other advantage of reducing the sugar and the butter is that you can guarantee a perfectly round cookie. I often get asked to bake for payment (a kind of side hobby) so I need things to look more uniform sometimes - and these cookies come out a perfect size if each ball of dough weighs 0.8 of an ounce. Just roll each ball into a sphere-ish shape, press in 5 smarties (one in the top, then one into each side; press them in almost until they're right inside), don't press at all (they will spread on their own without any flattening!) and put 6 on a baking tray. 15 minutes at about 160C is perfect for those tweaks.

The dough also freezes well (although I've never frozen it with the smarties in - will try that today, as I'm making a batch, to experiment!) and cooks from frozen very well, again in about 15mins, but use your judgement!

But whichever version you try/like these cookies are a real winner!

u5e10's picture
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Made a batch for a local summer fair and they sold out quickly - even before cupcakes! I followed the suggestions below and used 50g less of sugar and because I wanted the colours to show brightly for the stall I played safe and used M&M's incase smarties food colouring ran. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your suggestions :)

conzyh1000's picture

i made these, didnt have any smarties so i used m and ms, really nice but a few spelling mistakes in instructions

supergirl2000's picture

These taste great, but the Smarties they sell now have natural dies which really don't hold their colour very well. They still look nice as pastel shades, but if you want bright colours might be worth experimenting with some M&Ms or similar instead.

Wendyreynolds's picture

Fantastic recipe!

luke denham's picture

YUM!!!!!!!!!!

mrsb193's picture
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Just made these cookies with my 2 and 4 year old, easy and really scrummy, the kids (and mummy) love them!!
Although like someone else said when baking with kids you may need another tube of smarties, a few got eaten so we had to use raisins in a few ;)

Will def be making these again :-)

yolo1999's picture
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i added a secret ingredient and i wont tell they are amazing they are the size of elephants

saffroncs's picture
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Abolutely Brilliant. So soft an sweet. Such an easy recipe and they taste amazing!

twar123's picture
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Great, they taste just like the ones you buy from the store!

hannahb1012003's picture
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I've just made these and I really don't like them, they have expanded loads and they look and taste rank! I don't know what I've done differently to everyone else :-(

edelann's picture
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Forgot to rate

edelann's picture
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Really nice cookies

helenthom's picture
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Superb, these always turn out really well for me.
My "go-to" smarty cookie/biscuit recipe.

soowellfair's picture

I am notoriously bad at baking biscuits so I didn't expect much, but WOW was I pleasantly surprised. I followed the recipe almost to the letter. The only differences were I used granulated sugar instead of caster and added a spoonful of custard powder. The cookies were amazing. Really big and wonderfully chewy, just like the "Rainbow Cookies" I used to sell when I worked at a well-knows cookie chain. 10/10

rhodesr's picture
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A good recipe but found dough a bit soft so added flour. However would have liked lighter cookies (with more cracks) so now wondering if I should have persevered with the wetter dough. Not easy when making with a 3 year old! He throughley enjoyed making them btw & particularly liked pushing the smarties in.
Also took out 50g of sugar as recommended by others as did not want it too sweet & ended up using mostly soft light brown sugar as ran out of caster which I think worked well.
Will probably half mixture next time to make much smaller cookies & cook for less time as they are so big for little children.

charliesmith16's picture

This is a fantastic recipe just made it with my 4 year old very simple and quick. The cookies are absolutely fantastic!! have written this recipe in my recipe books, in which only the best recipes I find go in! they are sooo delicious! xx

traintrack's picture
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I made these biscuits and i found they were simple, fun and delicious! i followed the recipe exactly too and i would love to try them again! they went down really well with everyone. I tried a tester from the oven and i liked them so much, i found i had to to "test" a few more before letting my family at them!

thehbomb's picture

Yummy! My daughter loves these cookies and they are perfect for her to take to school to share with her friends. A lot of cookie recipes have nuts in and i'm always weary with kids and nut allergies. We will be making these again for sure!

kerry-whatley's picture
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i loved this recipe! it was so easy to make and tasted really good. only thing i did wrong was didnt space them far enough so i ended up with one big cookie!!

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