A childhood favourite of mine - Smartie Cookies! The golden edges, the crunchy chocolaty chunks and of course that chewy middle... What's not to love?! Since growing up and taking on adult life, I must admit these are still a favourite of mine, although without the artificial colourings they unfortunately just don't quite look the same. However, I assure you they still taste absolutely banging!
So grab an apron, a cuppa tea and let's get cracking!
To make 12 Smartie Cookies, you'll need:
- 125g salted butter, softened
- 100g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 75g soft brown sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 250g self raising flour
- pinch of salt
- 150g Smarties
Begin by preheating your oven to 180c/170c fan. You'll also need 2 large baking trays.
Measure the butter and both sugars into a large bowl. Beat on a medium speed for a few minutes until light and fluffy. If you don't have a mixer, use a wooden spoon and give it a good mix. Crack in the egg and mix in well.
Add in the flour and salt, mixing until well combined. It may look like it's too dry but trust me, keep mixing and it will come together. Stir in the Smarties.
Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured worktop. Split the dough equally into 12 and roll into balls. Pour a little caster sugar into the bottom of a bowl. Take one of your cookie balls and dunk the bottom of it into the sugar then press gently onto the baking tray. This stops the cookies from sticking and gives the underneath a great texture. Repeat this process with the rest of the balls of cookie dough, laying 6 on each tray.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until gently golden around the edges. Any longer and they won't have that classic chewy cookie centre. Leave to cool slightly on the trays before moving to a cooling rack.