Double chocolate smarties cookies
Difficulty: A wee bit harder
Time: 30 minutes + 15 minutes baking
These double chocolate smarties cookies were inspired by some we’d made from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook a few weeks ago. I’d never really made cookies before that but have decided they are my new favourite bake so figure it’s not too soon to make some more! To make them a bit more colourful/fun/child friendly we added some Smarties to the top.
Apart from melting the chocolate and butter these are really simple to make with lots of steps your kids can help with. Dolloping the cookie mixture on the baking trays and adding(/eating) the smarties were both a hit in our house!
50g unsalted butter
300g dark chocolate
170g soft light brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 pack Smarties
Preheat your oven to 170C/160C Fan and line 2 baking trays with baking paper
Melt the butter and chocolate
Start by getting your toddler to help you break 200g of the chocolate into small pieces. Pop it into a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure you don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.
Weigh out the butter (50g) and cut it into small pieces. Add it to your bowl.
Allow it to melt slowly, stirring it occasionally (or let you child stir it if you trust them near the cooker.)
Mix the eggs and sugar
Get your kids to weigh the sugar (170g) into a small bowl. If you have a freestanding mixer, add your sugar or just put it in a large mixing bowl.
Break the eggs (2) into a small bowl to check for shell, then add it to your sugar. Add the vanilla extract (1/2 tsp). Or get your child to if they have a steady enough hand.
Using your paddle attachment, a hand held whisk or wooden spoons, mix everything together.
Add the melted chocolate and butter mixer. Continue mixing everything on a slow speed until it is thoroughly combined.
Add the dry ingredients
Get your child to measure the flour into your small bowl. Help your child add the baking powder (½ tsp) and salt (½ tsp). Add to your chocolate mix a little at a time, mixing after each addition (we did it in 3 batches).
Roughly chop the remaining chocolate into small pieces and add to your mixture. Give it a final stir until it is evenly distributed.
Make the smarties cookies
Dollop 6 equal(ish) amounts of cookie mixture onto your baking trays. Lewis helped me with this, and I just evened up each cookie. Make sure the cookies are spaced apart as they’ll spread a little in the oven.
Add some Smarties to the top of each cookie. Your kids will can press them gently into the mixture (and probably enjoy a few along the way!)
Bake the cookies
Pop your baking trays in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them after they’ve been in for 10 minutes. They’re ready when the tops start to crack and they look glossy.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the trays for a few minutes before putting them on a wire rack to cool completely.
If you liked these smarties cookies why not try these chocolate chip cookies