Candy Cookies | Pastry Recipes

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  • This is such an easy and classic cookie recipe – perfect for kids and adults alike.

    Candy cookies are absolutely simple cookies, with a few colorful chocolate covered candies pressed on top just before baking. We love them because they look so retro and they taste really nice too. They’re perfect to make with the kids – let them choose which chocolates to put on top and squeeze them themselves. However, if they are also a great option for a bake sale or for a children’s party as a small gift. This recipe makes a healthy harvest of 20 cookies, and you can bake them in less than half an hour. If you need a lot, just double all amounts.


    • 175g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened

    • 125 g (4 oz) light muscovado sugar

    • 1 medium egg

    • 175 g (6 oz) self-rising flour

    • Pinch of salt

    • 1-2 tubes of candy-coated chocolates, e.g. Smarties

    • You will also need:

    • Baking sheets, lined with non-stick liners or parchment paper


    • Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

    • Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat the egg and incorporate the flour and salt. Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Lightly knead the dough until smooth.

    • Divide the dough into 20 and roll each piece into a ball. Flatten them and place them on the baking sheets.

    • Press 6 candy-covered chocolates on top of each in a flower pattern or around the edge.

    • Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until they start to turn lightly golden.

    • Remove the cookies from the oven. Let them cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will keep for up to 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container.

    Tip for making candy cookies

    If you don’t like chocolate but still want the color of these cookies, you can make them with Skittles instead. They may run a little while in the oven, but they still come out super shiny like a rainbow.

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