Smarties pants?

Is there something wrong when you wake up with a song in your head? The little voice is actually singing to you. Perhaps my lips were moving; it was dark. The little voice struggled with some of the lyrics, but the gist of the song was clear.

When you eat your smarties, do you eat the red ones last?
Do you suck them very slowly or crunch them very fast?
Eat those candy-coated chocolates, but tell me when I ask:
When you eat your smarties, do you eat the red ones last?

Tell me you are not singing this right now. Hopefully, you can shake it before noon. ‘But tell me when I ask’ was the part I was having trouble with. It’s not that I want smarties. I don’t like them. I don’t like M&Ms either. What goes on in your brain at night when the controls are apparently off?

  • Smarties (red or otherwise) are not available in the United States. That’s what the University of Wikipedia says…
  • You can get Smarties here but they are feeble Charlatans at best
  • Other chocolate goodies not available here: Big Turk, Coffee Crisp and Aero bars

I can understand the Aero bar. I never liked those. Sometimes I would eat the small Halloween version, but not as a first choice.

Here’s a recipe for Smarties cookies. You can try to use M&Ms, but they won’t be nearly as good.

It makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 to 12 minutes

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Smarties candy

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add the egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.  Add the baking soda and salt; beat until well mixed.  Gradually add the flour, 1/3 cup at a time, until smooth.

Drop the cookie dough by a rounded tablespoon onto the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.  Immediately press the Smarties candies into the cookies (however many you’d like).  Allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely.