Thursday, June 13, 2013

Double Chocolate Chip Smarties Cookies

I wanted to bake something chocolatey!  I dug around my pantry and found a box of Smarties (candy covered chocolate buttons), random small bars of white and dark chocolate, some chocolate coins and a few Hershey kisses.  I chopped all the chocolate up and ended up with 3/4 cup of mixed chocolate chunks.  The original recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips.  I didn't have enough chocolate chips, so I topped each cookie with a Smartie.  I don't think anyone noticed that I used less than half of the amount of chocolate chips!  

We had a play group last night.  I thought it would be nice to bring an after dinner treat.  Due to my food allergies, I have not tasted this recipe before!  I put all my trust onto my kiddies.  Yes, my "quality control team" consisted of a 3, 5 and 8-year old.  They said they were good and that was enough for me!  

This recipe was quick and easy to make.  The true test was when the kiddies at the play group wanted to have a second cookie right after they inhaled the first one!  I think putting a Smartie onto each cookie really added some "kiddie pizzaz" to the presentation.  

Whew!  The cookies passed "quality assurance" with flying colours! 

Double Chocolate Chip Smarties Cookies
makes about 4 dozen

1 cup butter, softened (I used non-hydrogenated soft margarine)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I only used 3/4 cup mix of white, milk & dark chocolate chunks + 1 Smartie candy on top of each cookie)
Smarties, optional (1 for each cookie, if desired)

Preheat oven to 350F

In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  (Decorate cookies with candy, if desired).  

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, or just until set.  Cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.  

- Adapted from Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

We didn't have very many cookies left over.  I used a 1" cookie scoop and ended up with 56 cookies.  I brought 3 dozen to the playgroup, gave away 1 dozen and packed a few for school lunches.  After less than 24 hours, I only have 3 cookies left!  Just enough for each kiddie to enjoy after school with a cold glass of milk.  


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