There is nothing I love more than being in my kitchen at the weekend baking with my girly. Baking with my 6 year old daughter really brings me joy. We put on some tunes, weigh out our ingredients – some end up in the bowl – others don’t (you have to at least try some of the ingredients, and even more so if they are of the chocolate variety). Oh and of course, the customary licking of the spoon, and the bowl, and fingers…
These cookies are great to bake with the kids. So get your aprons on and lets go…
225g Baking margarine
375g Soft light brown sugar
2tsp Vanilla extract
350g Plain flour
1tsp Baking powder
150g Smarties (4x tubes)
Preheat your oven at 180° / 350° / Gas mark 4
Cream together the margarine and the sugar to form a nice soft and fluffy mixture. Add in the vanilla and the eggs and mix together.
Add in the flour and baking powder and mix together. Once combined, add in your Smarties, this will form a dough.
Now its time to get messy! Using a dessert spoon, scoop some mixture out and place in your hands. Move your dough from hand to hand so you form a ball. Place the balls of dough on a baking tray, making sure you leave space for the cookies to spread out when cooking.
Cook for approx 10 minutes if you would like a chewy cookie. They should be golden in colour around the outside, and lighter towards the middle. If you prefer a crunchy cookie, then bake for approx 15 minutes until there is a consistent golden colour all over the cookie.
Once ready, remove from oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Once they have cooled slightly, get a spatula and remove from the baking tray and transfer onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
Once cooled – or however long you can wait (without burning yourself), enjoy!