Smarties Mini Egg Easter Cookies

4 Apr 2017

Easter is my second favourite holiday after Christmas, purely because I love how food-related it all is. Chocolate eggs and sweet treats line the shelves, we have a gorgeous lamb roast dinner on the day and all the bakeries smell like hot cross buns. Thanks to all of the Easter eggs appearing in supermarkets from February (which is kind of ridiculous), I've been so inspired to do some Easter bakes! I actually wanted to get some themed baking posts up much earlier than this, but hey, I'm a busy gal! Like my Halloween bakes, I'm hoping to have at least three different recipes for you, and today's is for these Smarties mini egg cookies.

Before cupcakes, cookies were my 'thing.' People would request that I bring them into work and my manager said on more than one occasion that he'd be interested in selling them. I've had a post all about my foolproof cookie recipe in my drafts for the longest time, but I need to make some so I can take a picture! However, I used that recipe to create these cookies, just with a few minor tweaks.

For starters, I removed a small portion of the flour and added in cocoa powder to get that rich brown colour and delicious, chocolatey flavour. Hey, it's Easter, the more chocolate the better! I also removed the white and milk chocolate chips, and I had considered replacing them with the mini eggs, but I wanted them to be seen. I also thought that if I had the mini eggs in the mixture, they would lose their vivid colours, so I ended up sticking them in the top of the cookies before they baked. While they did lose a little bit of their colour, they still managed to stay quite bright and I love that they cracked a little! The effect of these cookies is really fab and they would be ideal as an Easter treat, for a picnic or just for winning over everyone you know!

You will need:
150g salted butter, softened
80g light brown muscovado sugar
80g granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
200g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
200g Smarties Mini Eggs

  1. Preheat your oven to 190c and line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both of the sugars until they become light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg until combined.
  3. Sieve over the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the mixture and fold in with a wooden spoon. If you find it easier, you can use your hands to combine the mixture fully.
  4. Roll small mounds of dough between your hands until they're slightly bigger than a golf ball and place them on to your trays. You want to leave about 10cm between each ball because these guys spread quite a bit. Gently press down on each of them with your three middle fingers until they're about 1cm thick.
  5. Before popping them in the oven, add a few Smarties Mini Eggs to the top of each one. I found that 3 or 4 fit on nicely! Bake them for 10-12 minutes or until they are still slightly soft in the middle. If it seems like they aren't completely done, don't worry, they firm up when they cool down.
  6. Allow your cookies to cool down slightly before transferring them to a wire rack, or eat them while they're still soft and warm!
That's all there is to them! It's a really fun recipe that can fill time on a grey afternoon or for an Easter party. This is also something that kids could get involved with! They're colourful and delicious, so I definitely recommend giving them a go!

Whould you like to comment?

  1. These are mouth watering! Perfect for the up-coming holiday.

    My favourite holiday has got to be Easter -it's a full on family and food affair!


    1. Ahh Christmas is definitely my fave, but Easter is a close second! Thanks for the comment, Steph! x

  2. These are very cute! I've been looking for the perfect recipe to make for my boyfriend for an easter surprise and I think these may be the ones!

    Nicola //

    1. Ooooh you should definitely give them a go and let me know how you got on! x

  3. Another amazing looking recipe from you! I don't really like cookies or at least shop bought ones but these look tempting (probably helped by the smarties stuck into them!)
    Amy at Amy & More

    1. Oh thank you so much, Amy! Cookies aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I really appreciate you taking a look anyway! x

  4. Hi Olivia, thanks for popping over to my blog earlier today, I really appreciate it. I love your blog too, as we both seem to enjoy the same things, baking, books and photography. These Easter cookies look simply divine! I bought some mini eggs in prep for baking, but life got in the way a little and I haven’t had time. Maybe I’ll schedule in a baking session this week. Hope to hear from you again, and have a nice Easter! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Oh thank you so much, Helen! These are super duper yummy, so if you end up baking, definitely give them a go! xx