I have only heard of these Green Pea Cookies in the past couple of years. So they are probably quite a recent (to me anyway) addition to the Chinese New Year bakes. As far as I can see, they are based on the Peanut Cookies very popular during the Chinese New Year seasons. As such they tasted very much like the peanut cookies, but with green pea flavour instead. The aroma of the green pea was also very pronounced while they were baking in the oven.
The green peas used here are NOT the fresh green peas, rather they are those snacks made from roasted green peas coated with rice flour. I tried two methods of shaping for these cookies, one using cookie cutters and the other just rounding them into balls. I found the cookie cutter method very tedious and time consuming; they were also hard to cut properly due to the grittiness of the dough from the crushed peas. The rounding method was easier and faster, and I think it is also more visually appealing as they are reminiscence of the round green pea shape. I also did not use any eggwash as I don’t want to spoil the visual appearance of the cookies with the painted eggwash look.
Makes approx. 35 to 40 cookies
125g roasted green peas
125g plain flour
90g icing sugar mixture
90ml canola, soybean or corn oil, adjust as necessary
1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line baking sheets with baking paper.
2. Blend the roasted green peas in a food processor until finely crushed.
3. Add flour and icing sugar to the ground peas.
4. Gradually add just enough oil until the mixture just clumped together into a ball. Test by pinching off a small piece of dough and trying to roll it into a small ball; if it crumbles apart and cannot hold together, then add a little more oil to the dough.
5. Pinch the dough into small balls, about 10g each. The easiest way to do this is to roll the dough into a long sausage and pinch off even pieces.
6. Roll the dough pieces into balls between your palms and place on the lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before removing as the cookies are very fragile when they are still hot.
Taste: Melt-in-the-mouth cookies with gritty texture from the finely crushed peas
Consume: Best within 1-2 weeks
Storage: Store in airtight containers
Recipe Reference(s): Green Pea Cookies recipe from 97.2FM, Singapore