These cookies remind me of the rainbow LGBT flag; so bright and colourful. In light of the recent gay marriage equality ruling in the United States, I’m dedicating this cookie recipe to that victory. When the Supreme Court of the United States declared same sex marriage a constitutional right earlier this summer, the hashtag #lovewins became synonymous with the gay community and Twitter exploded with tweets supporting equal rights. I was trying so hard to think of a name for these when john.e asked me what they reminded me of, and at first glance I thought of a rainbow, so they pretty much named themselves.
This is certainly a cookie that you want to make with your kids, nephews, nieces, or any other child you’re close with. Trust me, you’ll be their favourite person to hang out with after this! It’s certainly a recipe that lends itself well to baking with children. There are few ingredients and hardly any cleanup; in fact, there’s only need for one bowl. And kids love candy! I love recipes like this.
Get yourself a large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon. Begin by mixing together the butter and the brown sugar. Mix these two ingredients well until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add in each egg one at a time and mix into the butter and brown sugar mixture. Again, be sure to incorporate the eggs well with each addition. Once the eggs are fully incorporated, add the vanilla and once again, mix thoroughly. Next, toss in the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
While the mixture is chilling, set your oven to 350 degrees and measure out two cups of Smarties and prepare the baking sheets. Use two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or baking liners. If you don’t have either, you can certainly grease the baking sheet with butter, however, I would not recommend this because the cookie will be rather oily on the bottom.
After 30 minutes of chilling, the cookie dough is ready. Remove from the refrigerator and stir in the two cups of Smarties. (If you don’t have smarties, any candy coated chocolates will do!) Using a tablespoon, or a tablespoon-sized ice cream scoop, position a mound of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet. Be sure to leave each mound at least two inches apart so they have room to expand while baking. With the palm of your hand, lightly flatten the mounds to roughly 1/2 inch thick. To make the cookies more colourful, you can add additional Smarties on top and just slightly press them into the dough. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
- 1 cup salted butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups Smarties (plus more for added colour)