These festive cookies are a perfect recipe to make with the kids, because you don’t have to mess with rolling out and cutting the dough.


All purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
Unsalted butter, room temperature – 3/4 cup
Granulated white sugar – 2/3 cup
Dark Brown sugar – 2/3 cup (140 grams)
Egg – 1
Yolk – 1
Vanilla Extract – 1 1/2 teaspoons
Gems or shorties or any other sugar coated candies – 1 cup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together.
  3. In a mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence until thick and pale.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. (if the batter is too soft cover and refrigerate for 30 min.)
  5. Using a Tablespoon, form batter into large balls. Place 9 balls of dough on each baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball of dough.
  6. Gently press the candies / smarties/ gems into the flattened candies.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 14 -17 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baketime.
  8. They will be little soft in the center but they will firm up once they cool.
  9. Let the cookies cool for 5 mins on the baking sheet before transferring them to the wire rack.

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