These fun, simple biscuits are great to make with the kids and you can pick and choose your patterns to decorate for any occasion.
The Smartie biscuit is a perennial favourite for the kids and for the kids-at-heart. Dodo has perfected the recipe over countless baking sessions with the kids and the grandkids in her kitchen.
It’s a pretty simple recipe and is actually useful as a base for a lot of different types of biscuits, like our jam drop biscuit. Obviously, there are parts of the recipe that need supervision and assistance, but as long as those little fingers are the ones that push the colourful Smarties on top then you’re a winner as a baker.
Those ‘little fingers’ are the main thing to watch in the recipe. Depending on how beautifully presented and even you want your biscuits to be will determine how much freedom you give the little ones when they’re decorating. We’ve had everything from evenly spaced and evenly distributed colours to Smarties you need an archaeologist to find buried in the biscuit. The basic rule of thumb is to make your biscuit batter, portion it out on the tray at roughly the size you want and then place the Smarties on top.
We make Smarties biscuits regularly in the cafe and often use them for special occasions. We used green Smarties for St. Patrick’s Day, red white and blue Smarties for Bastille Day and for the Western Bulldogs and of course some Christmas themed biscuits to go with our classic shortbread. Most recently we had green and black Smarties for when Western United won the championship. If you can find a lolly shop that sells individual colours then the celebrations are easy!
We’d love to see the creations of your little ones. If you make a batch of our Smartie biscuits, post and tag us on Instagram @dodos.delights or Facebook @dodosdelights.
Butter, softened | 150g
Castor sugar | 1/2 cup
Brown sugar | 1/2 cup
Egg | 1
Vanilla Essence | 1 teaspoon
Plain Flour | 1 & 3/4 cups
Smarties | as many as desired
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat oven to 180C
Line a baking tray with baking paper
With an electric beater, cream butter and both sugars together
Still with the beater, add the egg and vanilla
Fold in flour with a wooden spoon
Divide into portions. This mix should get about 12 biscuits.
Place Smarties into dough, pressing slightly so that they bake into the biscuit
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the biscuits start to brown