It has been one year since we entered into, what was to be, a full year (plus more) of varying levels of COVID-19 restrictions. Without doubt, it has been a tricky year for everyone. If you have been following my blog for the past 12 months you will know that baking has been an important activity for keeping me sane during lockdown.
Recently I had a little social gathering in my house. Yes, controversial, however it was limited to four people who are already in my “bubble”. A beautiful night of wine, cheese and crackers had by all, plus a biscuit tin full of these cookies. They went down so well with everyone.
Hope you enjoy!
150g butter or margarine, softened
60g soft light brown sugar
140g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
290g self-raising flour
100g dark chocolate chunks
Line 3 baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Melt the butter/margarine in a mixing bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
Beat in the sugars until light and fluffy, followed by the vanilla, egg and milk.
Fold in the flour along with 100g of the Smarties and all of the dark chocolate.
Place the cookie dough in the freezer for a minimum of 30 mins, ideally overnight.
Once the cookie dough has chilled, place approx 12 balls of dough on the baking sheet, leaving plenty of space for spreading.
Bake for 8 mins in the preheated oven, remove and press in a few of the remaining Smarties. Return to the oven for a further 5 mins until golden.
Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.