Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Little Smarties Cookies Recipe...

With eight people in our home, we are literally always bereft of snacks. Multiple weekly trips to the shops do little to resolve the situation no matter how much we purchase or try to plan our food supplies and consumption. Our kids literally break out the school snacks the moment they spot them, meaning there's little to do but get baking to make up for the perpetual shortfall.

At these times, I bake cookies or slices and cakes or muffins to keep their appetites under control and their lunchboxes filled. And let's face it, the kids absolutely love it. Especially my youngest three who like to bake and create in the kitchen.

Our favourite type of cookie is a cookie filled with chocolate drops, Smarties, M&M's or even Skittles. Basically anything small and sweet like fruits or lollies will do in the cookie recipe that follows. Feel free to take this basic cookie dough recipe and fill it with anything you prefer - even carob buttons or cranberries for a healthier option. These are an easy bake and fun for little helpers too.

Little Smarties Cookies
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 10 minutes.
Yield: Approx. 26 cookies.

You will need:
125g of unsalted butter
2/3 cup to 3/4 cup of soft brown sugar. (Can use castor if you prefer but brown sugar gives a wholesome taste and colour.)
1 large egg
1, 3/4 cups of  SR flour
150g of either Smarties, M&M's or Skittles, (Note that the miniature versions of these lollies are ideal for this recipe), or dried fruits chopped, carob nubs etc.

Heat oven to 170 degrees C.
Line two cookie sheets with baking paper.

In a mixer blend the softened butter with the sugar. Once creamed, add the egg, then add the SR flour and blend together on a low speed until a dough is formed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add half a cup of your chosen lollies or chopped, dry fruits to the mix, and blend by hand using a spatula until all ingredients are mixed well into the dough.
Reserve the remaining lollies for topping your cookies prior to baking.

Take teaspoon size balls of dough and roll gently in your hands. Press lightly onto the baking sheet using two fingers and make sure they are a few centimetres apart to allow for spread. Dot reserved lollies into the tops of the cookies for an extra-appealing look.
Kids love doing this part so make sure you hand this job over to them.

Pop your cookies into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown. Do not leave cookies unattended while in the oven as they can go from uncooked to overcooked very quickly! (Plus the already baked ones cooling on the counter tend to disappear very quickly!)

Cool each tray of cookies for at least 3-5 minutes before using a palette knife to transfer the individual cookies to an airing rack to harden. Store in an airtight cookie jar or container and consume within 24 hours for best results. These cookies will keep for around 3 days but will soften over time.


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1 comment:

  1. These look delicious, and so colourful! My boys love bakign and this is the kind of thing they'd really enjoy, I'll have to give it a go! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! I had the day off yesterday which was lovely :)

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