Birthday Party Smartie Cookies

smartie cookies on table next to glass of milk


“I think I heard someone say ‘BIRTHday party’…!?

My good pal Christa and her pal Moberley are super stoked on these Smartie cookies you can get at the cookie shop on the local University campus here in Vancouver. So we tried making them and, well… they were pretty good but they just didn’t look and taste like those same cookies. So for her birthday this month, I felt the need to try again…!

smartie cookies next to glass of milk

You know how some kids just love to go for that crazy, garishly coloured turquoise ice cream that has all the rainbow gumballs peppered throughout? And they’re all pleased with themselves because as they suck away the ice cream and nibble down their cone, they’re squirreling away the gumballs in their mouths at the same time, and when the cone is done they have a gross little wad of cold “gum”? This cookie is for those kids because of the bright little circles of crunchy chocolate Smarties, but at the same time we adults can snack away on them, too! (like I did… I ate three. Argh, new years diet begone!)

The key to the look of the Smartie cookie? Hand-placing a bunch of Smarties into the cookie after you’ve scooped the dough out onto the baking sheets and patted them down! These are large cookies but it’s the kid’s birthday party so give them a break, right? Let them eat sugar and a giant cookie once a year? Man, I haven’t gotten there yet myself, but let me know how that goes…

Birthday Party Smarty Cookies

Makes 12-14 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 boxes of Smarties (75 gram packs)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Make it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need two baking sheets and parchment paper (optional).

  1. Using a stand mixer or handheld beaters, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg until incorporated.
  3. Add pure vanilla extract to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift the flour and sea salt to combine.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until combined.
  6. Add one box of the Smarties and the chocolate chips until combined.
  7. Using a regular sized ice cream scoop or clean hands, scoop out balls of cookie batter  and place on baking sheets, evenly spaced, six per sheet. Flatten each cookie with fork dipped in warm water if so desired.
  8. Using the second box of Smarties, hand-place a few Smarties on top of each cookie for that brightness of colour that kids love. You’ll probably have leftover Smarties.
  9. Bake in oven for 13-15 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is, turning pans halfway through.
  10. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheets.

Enjoy warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk! (I always say this, I know… heh.)

Thanks for reading!
xo Lyndsay

smartie cookies on a table next to milk

smartie cookies on plate next to table

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