chocolate smartie cookies

Do you ever have those times when everything seems to be in flux around you, but you wish it would all just stay the same? Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks! The subject of third year housing has been floating round all week, and it’s forced me out of denial. You see, three of my closest friends are going off on their respective adventures next year. Yep. However, there is still a heck of a lot of second year to go, as my mother reminded me yesterday. I’ve spent a lovely weekend catching up with the family – nothing like good food and company to ground you after a mentally-tiring week! 
I can also highly recommend these cookies if you’re in need of confirmation that third year will be fine/a serious chocolate fix! 
Adapted from this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Ingredients:

  • 115g unsalted butter/marg {at room temp.}
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg {at room temp.}
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 125g plain flour
  • 53g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150g smarties {one of the big tubes they do for Christmas}
  • 75g dark chocolate {chopped into small pieces}
ALL the smarties.

Method:

Cream the butter and sugars together until pale and smooth. Next, add the egg and vanilla and beat for a further minute or so.
Weigh out the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and mix together with a spoon. Add little by little to the butter mixture and beat until all incorporated. 
Mix in the milk and finally add the chocolates. Stir through until they’re dispersed evenly through the cookie dough.
Lay out a sheet of cling film. Drop spoonfuls of dough into the middle, and wrap up into a sausage shape. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or freeze.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (180 fan-forced). Retrieve the dough and chop it up into small pieces; arrange them on baking trays and bake for 12 minutes. 
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