These Smartie Cookies are irresistibly fun - soft and chewy in the middle, a touch crispy on the outside, and dotted with colorful Smarties candies. Perfect for kids, or just those of us that are kids at hearts. And they couldn't be easier to make!
I love these chewy chocolate smartie cookies. They are just so much fun. I adore the brightly colored smarties, and how they contrast with the decadent dark chocolate cookies.
The cookies have an addictive chewy texture (which is even more wonderful when they are slightly warm), making it hard to stop at just one cookie.
These gorgeous cookies are perfect for children and big kids alike. They illicit big smiles when they see the colorful cookies, and those smiles only widen when they eat them.
These smartie cookies are:
- Soft & chewy
- Indulgent & chocolatey
- Super easy to make in just 20 minutes!
- A fun and easy recipe to make with kids.
I adapted this recipe from the chewy chocolate cookie recipe found in 500 cookies - the only cookie compendium you'll ever need by Philippa Vanstone. If you're a cookie addict like me, you should totally pick up this cookbook.
What are Smarties candies?
Smarties are a candy made by Nestle. They are small chocolate candies, covered in a colored candy coating. They are very popular in the UK and Canada, but not distributed in the US (where you might be familiar with another candy of the same name.)
Nestle's smartie candies are similar to M&Ms. So if you can't find the real thing, that's a good substitute. You can also get them online here.
Tips for Making Smartie Cookies
- If you 're in the US and can't get your hands on the real Smarties candies, you can order them online here. Or feel free to substitute M&Ms, which will give a similar result.
- To melt the chocolate in your microwave, simply add it to a microwave safe bowl and cook in 30 second increments, stirring as you go, until melted.
- Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. If you transfer them while hot, the rack will leave marks on your cookies!
- If you want to try making a vegan version of these cookies, you can substitute coconut oil for the butter and flax eggs for the eggs. Be sure to grab my free cheat sheet for a list of easy vegan baking substitutions. I can't vouch for the vegan friendliness of the candies themselves, so check the labels.
And if you want more incredible chocolate cookie recipes, be sure to check out a few of these:
- Electric mixer
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Melt the chocolate pieces and butter in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove top, and allow to cool.
- With an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence until thick and pale.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the beaten eggs and sugar and stir through.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder, and stir through before adding the chopped chocolate and mix until well combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the mixture onto the lined baking trays. Without flattening the mixture too much, press smarties into the top of the cookies.
- Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and cool on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack. Note: If you put the cookies onto the cooling rack while hot they will become marked by the wires from the rack.