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Green Pea Cookies

Posted: February 13, 2015
Categories: Asian Desserts

Accordingly to Chinese Astrology, the lucky colors for people born in the year of Sheep/Goat for this coming Lunar New Year are GREEN, RED and PURPLE. Hmm, it’s kind of tricky for me to carry off any green outfit, unless I’m competing for a Grinch look-alike contest. If I can’t wear ‘em, I might as well eat ‘em! Haha, does that make any sense at all???

I would usually travel across the causeway to buy my stash of Mama Liu’s green pea cookies, along with other CNY goodies. They are absolutely my favorite. Since I was not able to do that this year, I had to roll up my sleeves and make some.

Surprisingly, these green pea cookies are so super easy to make. The only time consuming part is rolling them into balls. At that moment, I really wished I could hire some kitchen elves to help me.

These cookies have a cross between melt-in-your-mouth and crunchy texture. Hubby prefers them this way. After making 5 batches of these highly addictive, sweet and savory treat, and sampled at least a dozen of them in the process, I’m happy to announce I won’t be missing Mama Liu’s version for a while and I’ve enough green (in my belly) to keep me lucky!

 

Ingredients:
150 g roasted green peas – grind into fine powder
180 g self-raising flour (plain flour works too)
100 g confectioners’ (icing) sugar (reduce to 90 g if you prefer less sweet)
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract
110 ml vegetable / corn oil

Makes about 40 cookies

Recipe source: My Kitchen (with slight modifications)

ingredients for green pea cookies

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Preheat oven to 170°C/340°F. Using a food processor, grind the green peas into powdery fine bits.

grinding green peas into powder

grinding green peas into powder

Let the machine run for about 3 – 4 mins.

how to make green pea cookies

Pour the green pea powder through a sieve – there will still be some rough bits of peas. Process them further or discard if the quantity is not too much.

 

In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar and salt together.

how to make green pea cookies

 

Add in the green pea powder and mix well.

how to make green pea cookies

 

Add in the oil slowly and mix with your hand, until a dough is formed and no longer sticks to your hand. It should feel slightly tacky.

how to make green pea cookies

how to make green pea cookies

 

Cover and let it rest for 15 mins.

Take the dough out and press it out about 1 cm thickness. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut out the dough and use your hands to roll into balls approximately 1 cm diameter.

how to make green pea cookies

how to make green pea cookies

how to make green pea cookies

This size is perfect for popping them into your mouth.

 

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 15 – 17 mins.

how to make green pea cookies

Optional – you could use a chopstick to make small indentations on the dough. Even without doing so, it won’t affect the taste or texture of the cookies.

 

Take out the tray of cookies and let it rest on the tray for 15 mins before transferring to a cooling tray. Let them cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

 

how to make green pea cookies

Don’t worry about the cracks, it is perfectly normal.

how to make green pea cookies

how to make green pea cookies

how to make green pea cookies

 

Full Instructions:

Preheat oven to 170°C/340°F. Using a food processor, grind the green peas into powdery fine bits. Sift the green tea powder and discard rough bits.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar and salt together. Add in the green pea powder and mix well. Add in the oil slowly and mix with your hand, until a dough is formed and no longer sticks to your hand. It should feel slightly tacky. Cover and let it rest for 15 mins at room temperature.

Take the dough out and press it out about 1 cm thickness. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut out the dough and use your hands to roll into balls approximately 1 cm diameter. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 15 – 17 mins. Take out the tray of cookies and let it rest on the tray for 15 mins before transferring to a cooling tray. Let them cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

 

 

 

Rachelle

Rachelle

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Bear is my moniker. Naked is how I like my feet to look. Food is something I live to eat (alot). A food recipe blog that makes sense.
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10 thoughts on “Green Pea Cookies

  1. Hi Rachelle! Where can I find the roasted green peas? The green pea flour has been discontinued at most places ..thanks!!

    1. Hi Ramya! :-) I believe Phoon Huat or Sun Lik Trading should still have the green pea flour. Alternatively, you could buy roasted green peas found at the nuts section in any major supermarket and grind them into powder.

  2. Hi Rachelle, your green pea cookies looks scrumptious and it sounded so easy. Thank you for sharing. I really love peanut cookies as well so do you think this method can be adapted to make peanut cookies?

  3. I am very interested in making these green pea cookies, but I don’t have a clue as to where I would find the roasted green peas. Also could I just roast a bag of frozen peas once thawed. Thank-you, Suzie

    1. Hi Suzie :-) if you are staying in Singapore, you could find the green pea powder at Sun Lik or Phoon Huat. I came across Bob’s Red Mill green pea flour and that works too. Alternatively, you could buy the roasted green peas from Asian grocery stores and grind them into fine powder (like I did). Unfortunately, I’ve not tried roasting frozen peas from scratch so am not able to advise if that would work. Sorry.

      1. Thank-you for getting back to me. I will order Bob Red Mill green pea flour, and I will also look for roasted green peas. Again, thank-you so much. I enjoy your recipes