Wednesday 25 August 2010

Candy Cookies

I saw these smartie cookies on one of my new favourite blogs les reves d'une boulangere and knew I had to make them.  They looked so cute and I happen to have a bag of smarties handy. The cookies really do spread a fair bit when cooking as pre-warned but as I paid little heed to that, my cookies turned out a little larger than I imagined! Next time, I'll use less dough and make even more cookies! I ran out of smarties so I used peanut M&Ms as well and they were great! The cookies are delightfully light and crispy with the extra crunch of smarties or M&Ms. I really enjoyed both of them, it's really difficult to choose a favourite. I love the bright, vibrant colours. Perfect for a party. 

cookie batter 

adding smarties 

fresh from the oven

adding M&Ms 
smartie cookies

M&M cookies

Recipe from bakingwithfrench 175g caster sugar
110g brown sugar
225g unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract (or 2 tsp vanilla essence)
450g plain flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
55ml milk
+ smarties/M&M/any candy for decoration

  • Beat together the sugars and butter until pale and fluffy. 
  • In a seperate bowl, use a whisk to beat together the vanilla and eggs. 
  • Gradually transfer this egg mixture to the creamed mixture, beating between each addition. This will prevent the mixture from curdling. 
  • Over this mixture, sift the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. 
  • Use a metal spoon to carefully fold together until no lumps remain. 
  • Gradually add the milk and stir until soft dough forms (be careful not to add too much milk or dough will be too sticky). 
  • Leave in fridge for 20 minutes, covered. 
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare 2 large cookie trays. 
  • Remove from fridge and roll small balls of mixture; put on prepared tray and flatten slightly. 
  • The cookies will spread a fair bit when cooking. 
  • Continue rolling balls until no mixture remains. 
  • Decorate the balls of dough with as many smarties/candy as you desire. 
  • Bake biscuits for 8-9 minutes or until they are golden brown, but still slightly soft. They will harden slightly upon cooling. 
  • If you want a crunchier cookie, then cook for longer until brown and rather firm to touch when removed from oven.


  1. These look fab! Great for kids qand adults too of course :)

  2. I love how colorful the smarties cookies are!

  3. Yes, they are seriously yummy :D
    This made my day to see you mention my blog, I'm very thankful!!! Happy Baking
    ps. great idea to use peanut m&ms


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