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Chinese New Year Cookies: Green Pea Cookies


Green Pea cookies was a big hit few years back during Chinese New Year but I was never at the right place to taste it. I never caught on the green pea fever (if you know what I mean). Ahh but never fear, there’s always first time for everything. πŸ™‚

Green Pea Cookies
Alien balls! Hahaha

Green Pea Ingredients+Mixing
Left: Green Peas + Flour
Right: After combining oil, salt and icing sugar, add green peas and flour.

Green Pea Cookies Dough
Green pea dough.
Following the recipe, mine was a little dry so I added another 15ml oil.

Shape dough into little balls.

Unbaked Green Pea Cookies
Using a chopsticks, make a small mark in the middle.

Unbaked Green Pea Cookies
Brush with egg wash for a lightly browned tops. Ready to bake.
20 minutes in 180oC temperature came out perfect. Make exactly 75 pieces.

Green Pea Cookies
Looking for melt-in-the-mouth green pea cookies? This is it.
Afraid the cracks not! That’s one of the characteristics of green pea cookies (same with peanut cookies).

If you have peanut oil use it for this cookies as the oil will make the cookie smoother.
I expected crazily filled green pea aroma in my kitchen but nah. It was just minimal.
Taste good, not too sweet. Gotta say it ain’t my favorite though.

Green Pea Cookies
Adapted from Debbie Teoh (Flavours magazine Jan-Feb 2009)
Yields 75 pieces

160ml peanut oil (I added 15ml more as it was too dry; I had to used corn oil unfortunately)
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
110g icing sugar, sifted
250g plain flour, sifted
250g fried green peas, shelled and finely ground (I used ready-ground green peas from baking shop)
1 egg yolk, beaten lightly, for egg wash (optional)

Method:
1. Combine oil, salt and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed to dissolve the salt.

2. Add flour and ground green peas in batches. Mix lightly with paddle attachment to form a soft, pliable dough. (Half way through, the dough is too dry for the mixer, so I resorted to a hand paddle and later my hand)

3. Preheat oven to 180oC.

4. Shape dough into little ball about the size of marbles. Place on baking pans and brush with egg wash (optional).

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in airtight containers.

Easy PEAsy!

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27 Comments

  • Reply Blogs by laura.alise - Pearltrees December 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    […] Chinese New Year Cookies: Green Pea Cookies 5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in airtight containers. Easy PEAsy! 4. Shape dough into little ball about the size of marbles. […]

  • Reply small Kucing December 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    i used to make the peanuts ones. Have never thought of trying green pea. Good idea

    • Reply Che-Cheh December 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

      I prefer the peanuts cookies actually and I’ve never tried making ’em.

  • Reply marla December 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Love the idea of green pea!

    • Reply Che-Cheh December 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Hi Marla,
      Thanks for dropping by. It’s a norm ‘festival cookie’ here in Malaysia.

  • Reply mustardseed December 11, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Never heard of peas cookies! Good to know this recipe, looks interesting! I am curious to try it.

    • Reply Che-Cheh December 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Hi! They sure are interesting. Do check out my star anise cookies recipe as well. It’s very unique too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nava Krishnan December 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Very nice and thanks for the recipe. I have some green peas flour, would like to try to make this cookies rather then the flour going to waste.

    • Reply Che-Cheh December 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Welcome. I still have some left. For CNY I guess. πŸ™‚

      Green pea powder at baking shop with no recipe supplied is very discouraging. Thankfully there’s the internet and recipe book but of course not everyone have the means for that.

  • Reply Adeline December 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Green pea? Is it those already ready to eat type??

    • Reply Che-Cheh December 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Hi Adeline, you need dried ready to eat green pea.

  • Reply Shannon | Just As Delish January 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Have never tried these cookies before, but will try to make a small batch for CNY. I bought some green pea flour a while back, couldn’t find any recipes for the flour except these cookies πŸ™‚

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Shannon, happy trying πŸ™‚

  • Reply foongpc January 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Greenpea cookies? I’ve never eaten one before! I like peanut cookies though and they must be melt in the mouth kind : )

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Really? I thought this cookie is quite famous.

  • Reply Josephine February 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Hi I love your green peas cookies, they look beautiful. I can’t buy the green pea powder in any supermarkets here, instead I bought a packet of roasted salt green peas, do you think it will be too salty and what can I do? Please kindly advise.

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Josephine,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      This green pea cookies has actually some hint of saltiness in it, so maybe you can use it. But then I’m not sure how salty is the roasted salt green peas that you bought. One way to correct/neutralize saltiness is by adding sugar.

      For me, if I find the salt green peas to be very salty then I won’t use it. But on the other hand if it’s just mediocre salty, then I’ll go ahead and be adventurous. You might need to add additional icing sugar.

      Actually you can make your own green pea powder. It’s mentioned in the recipe above: fried green peas, shelled and finely ground.

  • Reply Audrey Tan March 14, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Where can I buy the green pea powder?

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 14, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Hi Audrey, They’re normally sold at baking supplies shops in Malaysia. May I know where you’re from?

      If you can’t find green pea powder, you can make your own. In the recipe above written: 250g fried green peas, shelled and finely ground

  • Reply kayenne January 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    i would suggest giving supermarket, salty, ready-to-eat fried green peas a wipe down with a damp cloth.. or a quick-rinse, drain, air-dry, or put in a warm oven, as though toasting nuts.

    looks interesting… never heard of this, neither have i seen green pea powder hereabouts… the real challenge is to ensure that we don’t eat up all the fried peas before i could make this. =)

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Hi Kayenne, I think that could do it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply J'Marinde Shephard April 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

    The continually pooping up ad for cars at the middle of the bottom of the page is intrusive and interferes with my ability to even read most of this. Is there some way to get rid of it?

    Can one use green split peas to grind for the flour? Must I fry them first? Thank you.

    Please get rid of this ad. It makes reading your page VERY hard. If one tries to move it, one is taken to the car ad page.

    • Reply Che-Cheh April 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Hi, Sorry for the intrusive ad. I can’t see the ad here in Malaysia. Is the ad from Chitika? Let me know so I can improve your experience.

      I think you can use green split peas. Yes fry it first.

  • Reply J'Marinde Shephard April 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

    So SORRY. I meant the continually popping up ad. Please put in an edit option.
    God, now for posterity that mistake will linger about.

    • Reply Che-Cheh April 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Let me know the ad name as I can’t view it here in Malaysia. Is it from Chitika?

  • Reply joel January 17, 2016 at 6:29 am

    hi,

    may i know how long can i store the cookies ?

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Joel, I think I made them 2-3 weeks before CNY and it lasted about 2 weeks after until we wiped ’em clean.

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