When friends of ours had a baby daughter recently we got smarties to celebrate the event, instead of the traditional candy. As I’m not a fan at all of the traditional stuff, we were very happy to get the smarties, but for some miraculous reason, they got stored so well that we forgot all about them. So what do you do with a bag of smarties other then eating it all at once? You turn it into colourful cookies! According to the recipe, which I found in GoodFood‘s 101 Cakes & Bakes, these treats are great for your kid’s birthday party, and adults love them too!
Preheat the oven to 160C. Beat 100 g softened butter with 100 g light muscovado sugar (I used the kind you need for mojito’s, but it will work with regular sugar as well if that’s all you have) in a bowl until light and creamy, then beat in 1 tbsp golden syrup (if you can’t find any, you can use honey instead). Work in half of 150 g self-raising flour, then stir in 85 g smarties (which is about 3 tubes) with the remaining flour and work the dough together with your fingers. For huge, american style cookies, divide the dough into 14 balls. Or go for the European version and roll small balls of dough (about the size of half a golf ball). Place them well apart on baking sheets and don’t flatten them. Bake for 12 min until pale golden at the edges. Leave to cool for 5 min before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
According to the recipe, they will keep up to 4 days in an airtight tin, but they were gone before that, so I can’t confirm it. Enjoy!