Before we get started on my gluten free Smarties mini egg cookies recipe, there’s one thing I need to make very clear… Regular smarties are NOT gluten free, but smarties mini eggs are gluten free in the UK! Whoop whoop!
It can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to products being ‘accidentally’ gluten free (products with no gluten containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ warning) so I just wanted to make that very clear. As always, make sure you always read the ingredients of products like this first, just in case things change. Now the disclaimers are out of the way, here’s my gluten free Smarties mini egg cookies recipe…
When I found out that Smarties mini eggs were gluten free, I just had to create this recipe.
I have craved Smarties cookies for soooooo long, but for some weird reason, normal Smarties have actual wheat flour in them.
Why?!! It’s so pointless. It’s just chocolate in a sugary shell! I get so frustrated with products containing gluten for absolutely no reason. I just assume that some mean person puts wheat into them on purpose so we can’t eat them!
(I realise that isn’t true but it’s a better explanation than it being there for no reason!!)
And when you think about it… clearly they can make them without wheat flour… otherwise we wouldn’t have Smarties mini eggs – which are gluten free in the UK.
So finding this out made me really egg-cited (sorry for the bad Easter puns) that I could finally create my gluten free Smarties mini egg cookies recipe after sososo many years of going without.
And you know what? Smarties mini eggs are better than actual smarties anyway! They’re so much chunkier, but you still get all the awesomeness of that crispy, sugary coating.
Plus, you now no longer have to miss out on all those cute rainbow colours in every cookie. Gluten free options can often be so dull (in taste and looks!) and I was just mega pumped to finally have created something that looked so fun.
It just reminded me of all the little treats I used to eat as a kid!
And as always, making my gluten free Smarties mini egg cookies recipe is an absolute doddle.
You start by smashing up your smarties mini eggs in a zip-lock bag with a rolling pin.
(use your anger at always having to eat fruit salad for dessert if you need a little extra motivation)
Once you’ve created your cookie dough, you simply add your smashed up Smarties mini eggs and allow to chill. Then, they’ll be pliable enough to roll them into golf ball-sized balls.
Pop them onto a baking tray (allowing them plenty of room to spread) and you’re ready to place them into the oven.
I used my cookie recipe from my classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, but obviously with a few minor tweaks!
So what are they like?
These cookies are a lovely and crisp on the outside, but super soft and chewy in the middle. Of course, you’ve then got awesome chunks of chocolatey Smarties mini eggs in every bite too. It’s divine!
Honestly, nobody would ever be able to tell that these were gluten free in a million years.
I like my cookies a little on the chunky side and these about 1cm thick. I based them on my favourite cookies that I can no longer eat from Ben’s Cookies in London/Brighton (they all contain gluten sadly!)
As much as I love the really thin cookies I used to eat from the supermarket, I just feel like the chunkier type of cookie is so much better. But give them a try and let me know what you think!
Sad that there’s no dairy free option? Me too! Mark always misses out on Easter baking as there’s zero mini eggs or anything similar that are dairy free.
(how is this still not a thing in 2019?!)
But if you still fancy making dairy free cookies, you can always give my gluten free choc chip cookies or gluten free triple choc chip cookies a go. They’re both dairy free and use the same cookie recipe!
Oh and if you skipped past everything to just find the recipe (shame on you), then I’ll say it again – Smarties are NOT gluten free but in the UK, Smarties mini eggs are gluten free! As always, make sure you check the ingredients for yourself first too.
Ok, so here’s my gluten free Smarties mini egg cookies recipe…
My 'Eggs-tremely' Yummy Gluten Free Smarties Mini Egg Cookies Recipe for Easter
- 100 g caster sugar
- 100 g light brown sugar
- 120 g hard margarine, melted (I've always used the hard block of Stork which is dairy free - if you don't need dairy free you could use butter)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 300 g gluten free plain flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 160 g Smarties mini eggs
Place your Smarties mini eggs into a zip-lock bag and bash them into chunky pieces with a rolling pin.
In a bowl, mix together both your light brown sugar and caster sugar with your melted hard margarine. Mix until it all comes together and is fully combined.
Add your egg and vanilla extract to the bowl and continue to mix (with a wooden spoon) until combined once more.
In a separate bowl, add your gluten free flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and briefly mix
Add your flour mix to your original bowl and mix till combined. Make sure your mixing bowl is big as this is quite a lot of flour. It can be hard work and takes time to really combine it all but it'll form a perfect cookie dough (you could use a stand mixer but I prefer to do cookie dough by hand).
Add the crushed mini eggs and give them a good mix in so they are dispersed evenly.
Cover your mixing bowl with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for about 45 minutes (you can make the cookie dough ahead of time also and keep it in the fridge until you need it).
Heat your oven to 170C (fan) and prepare a couple of baking trays with good quality, non-stick baking paper.
Remove your cookie dough from the fridge and roll your dough into balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place them on your trays. Try and get a few bits of the coloured shell near the top of the ball to give the cookies a better chance of looking colourful.
The cookies will spread a little so leave some gaps between them - I usually cook mine in a couple of batches.
Pop into the preheated oven for 15 minutes - they should have flattened out to look more like cookies and be a lovely golden colour.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray before moving them.
Thanks for reading all about my gluten free mini egg cookies recipe! If you make them, I’d love to see how they turned out so don’t forget to take a snap of your creations and tag me on Instagram!
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