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So last week, Mr M and I babysat our niece and nephew, H & L. We live in a pretty small house so we find that we need activities to keep the kids interested and prevent them from climbing the walls. A small courtyard only holds fascination for so long!

Once again, we turned to cooking as an activity to keep the little ones busy. Thanks to L’s recent birthday, I had a lolly bag that contained a serious cache of Smarties, so sweet Smartie cookies seemed like a good idea.

The kids loved mixing the cookies and rolling them into balls. For some reason, L insisted on making tiny cookies, but he refused to eat the little ones in the face of the big, beautiful cookies that we had rolled!

Making these cookies together was very easy and kept them entertained. I also dug out some paper and colouring pencils, and the kids scribbled to their hearts content while the cookies baked. Check out 2 year old H’s gorgeous artwork above!


Smarties cookies

75g butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1.5 cup plain flour
1.5 cup self-raising flour (if you don’t have this, just use plain flour, and add 1 tsp baking powder)
1-2 cups Smarties or M&Ms or choc chips (depends how much of a treat you want these to be, we used about a cup and I think more wouldn’t hurt at all!)


  • Cream butter and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add egg and blend well. Mixture should be light and a bit fluffy.
  • Stir in the flours and Smarties.


  • Roll 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time into balls (note our variously sized balls!). Place balls on lined baking trays


  • Bake in preheated oven at 190C for aprox 12-15 minutes (until lightly browned).
  • Cool on trays. Serve with cold milk, of course!

L's tiny cookies

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4 Responses to “Kid friendly cooking: Colourful cookies”

  1. Tresna says:

    Some of my happiest childhood memories are of spending time in the kitchen being shown how to mix a cake or ice biscuits. I’m sure you did a fab job at creating some happy memories for your niece and nephew!

  2. Annabelle says:

    Hey Em,
    These look awesome! I have to make some bikkies next week as our house is trying to raise some funds for a couch we got at the beginning of the year… these look like they might go down well as we are having a bake stall! They look like they’d be pretty cheap to make and I could make heaps which would be a bonus:)
    I’ll try them out and let you know how they go!
    Annabelle xx

  3. Luke says:

    Love the colours girls, but I must question the smarties:dough ratio employed… unless the cookies are choc-ful of goodness below the service, there looks to be only 1-2 smarties per cookie (& some, perhaps, none at all)! Why so stingy?? It looks like you used only one fun-sized pack for the entire bake. I remember “back in the day” there was an american cookie that boasted a choc-cip:dough ratio of 40%.
    Sorry, but the Claire Mac clinkers cookies still hold my heart…

  4. Emily says:

    Tresna: Yes I loved baking when I was a child too – I have fond memories of making jam drops and cakes with my mother. It’s definitely a good way to keep the little ones occupied.

    Annabelle: Sounds like a great idea, hope they sell well!

    Luke: agreed – the smarties to dough ratio was a little light on (I did mention in the recipe you could definitely add some more). To be fair there were many below the surface, although my favourite cookes are those where the dough is merely a means by which the chocolate is held together. 40% is rather impressive, I wouldn’t mind taking that on one day. And yes, Claire Mac’s cookies were awesome..

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