Soft and chewy Smartie Cookies made from scratch. These golden cookies are filled to the brim with white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and colourful Smarties candy. Quick, easy and ready to eat in under one hour!
It’s a Smartie party over here 🥳
I’m madly in love with my new Smartie Cookies. This easy recipe will result in buttery, golden cookies that are packed with chocolate chips (two kinds!) and oodles of Smartie candy.
There’s no chilling the dough, so they’re ready in minutes. And they make for a super festive treat for birthday parties and celebrations.
Why you will love this recipe
- Soft and chewy: The cookies are soft and buttery with chewy edges.
- Simple recipe: They’re super quick and easy to make.
- No chill time: You don’t need to chill the dough before baking.
- Chocolate overload: They’re packed with two types of chocolate and Smarties!
When I’m out and about with my toddler, I can often be found sampling the leftovers of a kid-intended giant Smartie Cookie from a local cafe. So I decided it was about time to make my own!
And this easy Smartie Cookie recipe ticks all the boxes. Unlike the store-bought kind that are often dry and crumbly, these biscuits are soft and chewy with crispy edges, just like my Chocolate Chip Cookies For One.
I used the base cookie recipe from my popular White Chocolate Chip Cookies. Not only does it make beautifully buttery cookies, but it’s quick and easy too.
There’s no chilling the dough, so you can be enjoying a plate of these Smarties biscuits in under an hour.
And in addition to colourful chocolate Smarties, I also added a handful of chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. Sprinkled with sea salt, they’re a real treat!
Perfect for birthdays, special occasions or bake sales. I’m calling it! This is the best Smartie cookie ever.
Here’s everything you will need to make a batch of my easy Smartie Cookies:
- Butter: I use unsalted butter in this recipe. If you use salted butter, simply omit the salt included in the recipe.
- Brown sugar: Brown sugar not only adds colour but also moisture, resulting in a chewier cookie.
- Caster sugar: Or granulated sugar. Caster sugar helps to create those crispy edges we all love.
- Vanilla extract: For flavour.
- Egg: To bind.
- Plain flour: Or all purpose flour.
- Baking soda: Also known as bicarbonate of soda.
- White chocolate chips: You can use chunks or chips – whatever you like.
- Dark or milk chocolate chips: You can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate, chocolate chunks or chips – whatever you prefer.
- Smarties: If you don’t have access to Smarties, you could use M&M’s or Cadbury Gems or another candy coated chocolate.
- Sea salt
How to make Smartie Cookies
The cookie batter for these Smartie Cookies comes together in minutes and you don’t need to chill it. Once the dough is ready, it’s time to scoop, roll and bake!
Here’s a snapshot of how to make them, but the detailed instructions are included in the printable recipe card below.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix briefly to combine. Then add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until soft cookie dough forms.
- Finally, stir through all the chocolate chips and Smarties.
- Scoop cookie dough and roll into smooth balls using your hands. Place on baking sheet, leaving room for them to flatten as they bake.
- Bake until golden. Pop a few extra Smarties on top of each cookie.
How to store them
Once baked and cooled, Smartie Cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
Make ahead instructions
If you want to make the cookie dough ahead of time, you can scoop and roll the dough and then freeze it. When you want to bake your Smartie Cookies, simply thaw the cookie dough balls at room temperature and then bake as per instructions below.
Tips for perfect Smartie Cookies
If you’re making cookies for the first time, follow my easy tips below to ensure your cookies turn out perfectly.
- Start with room temperature butter: Make sure your butter is nice and soft (you should be able to easily make an indent with your finger), but not melty or wet.
- Don’t over-mix your cookie dough: Once your cookie dough is combined and your mix-in’s are evenly dispersed, stop mixing. If you over-mix, your cookies may be cakey or dry.
- Roll them smooth: Use your hands to roll the cookie dough into smooth balls and then place them on your prepared trays. There’s no need to flatten them – they’ll spread out naturally in the oven.
- Try not to over-bake your cookies: Slightly underbaking your cookies will give you a beautifully soft and chewy texture. Remember cookies firm up as they cool.
- Add a few finishing touches: Press a few extra Smarties on top while your cookies are still warm and sprinkle over some sea salt flakes. Perfection!
Frequently asked questions
No. Smarties candy won’t melt in this recipe since they are only in the oven for a short amount of time and they’re mostly encased in cookie dough.
You could use M&M’s or Cadbury Gems or another candy coated chocolate. Or you can leave them out for a still delicious chocolate chip cookie.
Cookie spreading often comes down to the temperature of your butter. If your cookies went flat, it’s likely your butter was too warm. It could have been too warm to start with, otherwise over-mixing or too much handling can also make your cookie dough too warm. Next time, try chilling the dough for 30 minutes before baking. And read my tips on cookie spreading.
The most common reason for cookies not spreading is adding too much flour. This is very easy to do if you use cup measurements, which is why I’m a big advocate for using a baking scale. Here are more reasons why cookies don’t spread when baked.
Easy Smartie Cookies filled with chocolate chips.
- 115 grams (1 stick or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 90 grams (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 50 grams (1/4 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 210 grams (1 and 1/2 cups) plain flour or all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 75 grams (1/2 cup) white chocolate chips
- 75 grams (1/2 cup) dark or milk chocolate chips
- 200 grams (1 cup) Smarties, plus extra for decorating
- Sea salt
- Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Line two baking trays or cookie sheets with baking or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and sugars and beat using an electric beater on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
- Add vanilla and egg and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add flour, baking soda and salt and beat again just until a soft cookie dough forms.
- Add chocolate chips and Smarties and mix on a low speed just until chocolate is evenly mixed through the cookie dough. Or use a wooden spoon or spatula. Try not to over-mix.
- Scoop out cookie dough (roughly 1.5 tablespoons each) into balls and place on baking trays, leaving room for the cookies to spread. Place in oven for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
- Add a few extra Smarties on top of the cookies while they’re warm. Leave cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt.
Smarties: If you don’t have access to Smarties, you could use M&M’s or Cadbury Gems or another candy coated chocolate. Otherwise you can leave them out for a delicious chocolate chip cookie.
Storage: Once baked and cooled, Smartie Cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
Make-ahead: If you want to make the cookie dough ahead of time, you can scoop and roll the dough and then freeze it. When you want to bake your Smartie Cookies, simply thaw the cookie dough balls at room temperature and then bake as per the instructions.