To decorate them, googly eyes or sprinkles are pressed in as soon as the cookies are cool enough to handle. You can buy little pots of eyes if you like, I love the ones from Truly Sprinkles or simply use smarties and add the pupil detail with an edible marker pen or little dots of melted dark chocolate or black writing icing.
You’ll need smarties with melted chocolate and black writing icing, or edible eyes for the decoration. I’ve also used some white macaroni rods (truly sprinkles), which I have snapped to make different-sized teeth. These are edible, but I wouldn’t recommend them for very young children as they are quite hard, like the old fashioned sugar balls.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees fan, 200 conventional/gas 6, and line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer with the paddle beater on medium speed until pale and fluffy, or this can be done by hand in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
Reduce the speed, and beat in the egg until combined.
Tip in the flour and baking powder and mix on slow until combined and you have a sticky dough.
Split the dough into bowls and tint with some strong food colouring gel, I have used green, orange and purple.
Drop in the chocolate chunks and mix on slow just to distribute a bit.
Grab a large walnut size bit of dough with a few chocolate chunks in and roll this into a ball, It’s pretty sticky. A good tip is to dampen your hands first, this helps to roll it without sticking too much.
Line the balls up on the trays. They will flatten and spread into a large disc so allow plenty of space, I just put 6 balls on each tray.
Bake for approx 10-12 minutes, pressing down gently to help flatten with a spatula about half way through.
Bake until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges but are still a bit squidgy in the center.
Press the smarties or eyes into the cookies while still warm to create the googly eyes.
I’ve also used some white macaroni rods to create some teeth on my characters.
Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before eating.
These will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container or tin.