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Super simple to make and packed with your favourite chocolate sweets, meet out Easy Loaded Cookies recipe!

Cookies topped with M and Ms recipe.

SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER! One of our favourite school summer holiday activities is always baking and this Loaded Easy Cookies recipe is a great place to start.

I find kids love to get involved in the kitchen and there’s nothing better than teaching them new skills, while also stopping boredom setting in for a while – and then they have delicious treats at the end of their cooking session as a bonus.

If you’ve had enough of getting the kids out (or it’s raining) and want to find a relaxed activity to do while at home, cooking is a perfect thing to do together. It also involves maths, science and often patience!

You’ll love this recipe because:

✅ Super easy for introductory baking

New skills give kids confidence

Delicious holiday treats to share

Easy cookies to bake with kids recipe with Smarties toppings

 FAQs about this Loaded Easy Cookies Recipe

How do you make Loaded Easy Cookies?

You’ll see why this is such a good introduction to baking… mix the butter, caster sugar and soft light brown sugar, beat the egg in, followed by the flour and bicarbonate of soda. Mix in your sweetie filling gently with a spoon. Shape the dough into 12 round flattened cookies, add extra sweets to the top if you like, and bake for about 15 minutes. If you have time, the cookies will hold their shape more if you freeze the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes before baking them.

Is there an easy way to shape the cookies?

Once you have one lump of dough, try wetting your hands before rolling the cookies. It will make it much easier. Or, if you want to be really exact, use an ice cream scoop to measure each dollop of mixture. Also, if you have time, chill the cookies for an hour after shaping them before you bake (or the freezer for 30 minutes). This really helps to give them a better shape.

What fillings can I load them up with?

Your choice! Use whatever selection of chocolates your children fancy to fill the cookies – choosing is part of the fun! I find M&Ms, Smarties and chocolate chunks work really well.

What age is this recipe appropriate for?

This recipe is so easy that with a little help, even a four-year-old could have a go. The older they get, the less help they will need of course. But learning how to weigh ingredients, crack eggs, mix things together and seeing the results is a great experience, no matter what age they are. It’s also a pretty quick recipe so you hopefully won’t find the younger ones losing interest.

How many cookies does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 12 cookies.

how to make cookies with kids. A simple recipe

Fancy more cookie recipes?

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Loaded Easy Cookies recipe. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ by the recipe. Also, if you’d like to show me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.

5 from 11 votes

Easy Loaded Cookies

This is a super-easy firm family favourite. Chewy cookies full of chocolate treats, and great for baking with the kids
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 150 g Unsalted butter, At room temperature
  • 75 g Caster sugar
  • 75 g Soft light brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 225 g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 g Mixed chocolates and candy, See notes


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Mix all of the ingredients, apart from the chocolate fillings, and beat together. (Use a mixer if you have one).
  • Mix in the chocolate toppings of your choice gently with a spoon.
  • Shape into 12 small, round balls on a non-stick baking sheet. Make sure you leave plenty of space between them. Use two baking sheets if you have another one, or bake in two batches, 6 per sheet.
  • Add extra toppings if you like.
  • If you have time, freeze the balls on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes before baking. (WE RECOMMEND THIS! It stops them spreading and losing their shape).
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until just golden at the edges.
  • Allow to cool before you move the cookies from the tray.


Cookie fillings:
M&Ms, Smarties and chocolate chunks all work well.
Freezing time: 
To stop the cookies from spreading and to keep a neat, round shape, it would be best to freeze them for about 30 minutes on a baking sheet before you bake them. 


Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 332IUCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Kids Cooking, Snack
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. Mmmm these look amazing, the kids would love them! Adam has become star baker in our house at the moment, so I’ll leave him in charge of baking these with the kids! x