I have a smarties obsessed husband! I haven't had the inclination to eat anything smarties related since I was about 10! Byron, on the other hand, requested smarties birthday cakes for three years running! So when we were in the supermarket the other day he picked up a multi pack of smarties and asked if I could turn them into cookies - how could I say no?!
I decided to add in some big chocolate chunks too, because I was going to be eating some of these after all as well! we had to add a little sophistication to them somehow! Actually sophistication should have probably come in the form of dark chocolate chunks but I can't stand the taste of dark chocolate...milk all the way for me!
These cookies were the perfect mix of chewy and soft on the inside and golden and crisp on the outside. I got served a very overdone choc chip cookie at a cafe the other day and it made me sad! Surely everyone knows the rule that you take out cookies when they look underdone and that will let them bake to the perfect consistency as they cool down on the tray!
I got out my triple tiered cooling rack in anticipation of the vast amount of cookies we were going to bake up, but I needn't have bothered because we'd demolished the first batch before the second was even out of the oven! I seem to remember it was a grey and rainy Saturday afternoon...and when all your friends down south are posting gloriously sunny blue sky antics on instagram and facebook and you're stuck in gloomy Scotland on a grey day when it SHOULD BE THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER, well...eating your way through whole batches of cookies is the only thing to keep spirits up!
Smarties & Choc Chunk Cookies:
Adapted from Picky Palate
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3 tbsp instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup large milk chocolate chunks
1 cup smarties
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper, or a silpat liner is what I use.
In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing to combine. Add the flour, pudding mix, bicarbonate of soda and salt, stirring to combine with a wooden spoon. Chop up the chocolate chunks and add them in with the smarties, stir with a spoon or spatula until they have all been incorporated.
Using a medium cookie scoop, place dough 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through (but still appearing to look underdone). Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Eat and enjoy!