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!
75g butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
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!