So due to popular demand (ok, a couple of people asked for this recipe) I am posting this recipe. I hope you like them. I still can't decided personally whether I like this American-style slightly chewy cookie or not, these are extremely yummy though and great for baking with little ones - just keep your eye on the stash of Smarties - my little boy is surprisingly light-fingered!!!
Here we go:
You will need two large baking sheets covered with greaseproof paper or some such non-stick device :)
Pre-heat over to 170C or gas mark 3 (for my oven it's 3.5 - which is nice)
Depending on the size of each one you can get about 15 cookies out of this mixture
In an air-tight tin these will last at least a week but trust me - they will be eaten before that!
If you have a mixer this is dead quick but you will get just as good results using an electric hand whisk. I do like an electric hand whisk, you can shoot the whisks out afterwards like mini torpedoes - FUN! Ok, I've said whisk too much and I'm sure I was meant to be giving you a recipe so here you are.
200g unsalted butter, softened
300g soft light brown sugar
2 large eggs (the nice, happy free-range kind if you please)
350g plain flour
45g cocoa powder (don't worry about super high quality for these, bog standard is fine)
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp baking powder
175g Smarties (or other non-brand sugar coated chocolate sweeties - ya know)
- Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and all incorporated
- Beat the eggs together in a little bowl then add them to the butter and sugar a little at a time and mix together
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture
- Mix all this together until it all looks combined nicely - it looks kind of sandy at this point
- Fold in 3/4 of your Smarties
- Dollop onto the lined baking sheets in similar sized mounds - leave nice gaps as these get huge!
- Press the remaining smarties into the tops of all the mounds
- Pop them onto the middle shelf of your pre-heated oven
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (watch them)
- Leave them on the tray for 5 or so minutes then cool them on a wire rack
If you take them out of the oven 5mins before the end and give the tray a nice, sharp tap they will deflate slightly and spread out a bit more
Give them a try and let me know how you get on.