That post title caught your attention, didn’t it? At least, until you saw the accompanying picture and said to yourself, “Oh, those are just Smarties/ MMs/ Gems (depending on which part of the world you live in).” I just thought that “Rainbow Polka Dot Cookies” sounded so much more interesting than ” Smarties/ MMs/ Gems Cookies” or maybe “Chocolate Button Cookies”!
Smarties/ MMs/ Gems are colourful sugar coated chocolate buttons. When we were kids, where we lived these were called Smarties. I still remember they were manufactured by a company called Rowntree Mackintosh (later taken over by Nestlé) and came in cardboard tubes with plastic lids which had a letter of the alphabet on the underside. Every time we bought a packet of these, I would divide them equally (colourwise) into 4 portions, one each for my mother, father, sister and myself! Those were the days!!
MMs are the American version of these and have an “M” printed on them. We get supplies of these on and off, every time someone comes visiting us from the U.S.
In India, Cadbury (or Cadbudry, as Akshaya used to call all chocolate when she was about 3 years old) manufactures and sells these chocolate buttons as Gems. Akshaya still likes them and will occasionally reserve certain favourite colours for herself and share the rest!
To get back to the cookies in this post, I have made these “Polka Dot” cookies a couple of times before quite a while back. This post at Vanielje Kitchen prompted me to make some again, but with the addition of some oats and peanuts like she did.
I also used a combination of all purpose and whole wheat flours. The result was cookies which were not too sweet, just the way we like them. Please increase the sugar from 2/3 cup to 1 cup, if you prefer sweeter cookies.