Christmas Cookie Week: Green Pea Cookies

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It’s Cookie Week, organized by Erin from The Speckled Palate!

She so kindly invited me to be part of this sweet sweet week and how could I resist? During the course of this week, several ladies from different blogs will be posting up cookie recipes of their own and everything would come together in a final blog post over at The Speckled Palate this Saturday (21st December 2013).

I have decided to post 3-4 recipes this week, depending on whether I am organized or not. (well, we know the answer to that one.) I was wondering whether or not to post typical Christmas/winter cookies but they are already all over the internet. I wanted to share something more local, something more Malaysian. And to be honest, cookie season hasn’t arrived yet over here. Wait till Chinese New Year rolls by next month and you’ll see tons of Malaysian cookie recipes all over the net. Being the groundbreaker that I am (ha ha!), I decided to post CNY cookies for Christmas. Clever much?

I’d say, though, this really festive looking cookie is good any time of the year. It’s green, it’s crumbly, it’s tender. It’s my favourite.

The fine thing is I needed icing sugar and didn’t have any. But no matter. We can make our own with some regular sugar, corn starch and a food processer!
Icing Sugar

This is actually a really easy recipe. You only need ground roasted peas, flour, icing sugar, canola oil, egg yolk & poppy seeds.
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I found packets of ground roasted peas at the baking supplies store. But if you can’t, you can just as easily grind up some roasted peas from the snack aisle.
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Once all the dried ingredients are mixed up, stir in the oil.
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That’s it! It has to look like wet sand. Or pea crumble. Some people use a bit more oil to make the dough more pliable but I find that it makes the cookies harder and oilier.
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The lesser the oil, the more elbow grease is needed to make the cookies come together but it’s worth the extra effort for a crumblier and less greasy cookie. Also, making sand cakes is always fun. 😀
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With a bit of pressing and moulding, we have a nice tray pea cookies ready for the oven.
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But not before some garnishing!
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Right out of the oven!
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Little morsels of pea crumble. Healthy snack too with all that greens inside. But I’m pretty sure kids don’t need that “healthy” talk to be persuaded to have some. I had 3 right out of the oven. Yes, the roof of my mouth has not been the same ever since.
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I’m already planning to make several jars of this to give away for Chinese New Year. Or Christmas. You do you. 😉
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I did give some from this batch away to my neighbour and a good friend.
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But then the hubs told me to leave some for him.
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He kinda scarfed down the remaining pieces.
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So I have to make a new batch soon if I want to hide some away for myself!
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And I think I will!
I should add a disclaimer. Don’t be put off by the colour. It actually tastes really nutty, almost like peanut cookies!
Try this simple fun recipe this holiday season and let me know if you like it as much as we do. Come back on Wednesday (18th Dec) for another fun cookie recipe.

Also, don’t forget to hop over to The Speckled Palate for the cookie roundup!


“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:13)

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Christmas Cookie Week: Green Pea Cookies
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Malaysian
Serves: 70 cookies
  • 1⅓ cups (130 g) ground Roasted Green Peas
  • 1¼ cups (150 g) Flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) Powdered Sugar (increase to ¾ cups or 130g if you like it sweeter)
  • ⅓ cup (100 g) Canola Oil (or any flavourless oil)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1½ tbsp Poppy Seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 170C or 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
  2. Pour the ground peas, flour, sugar & salt in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Stir in oil until mixture resembles wet sand. Feel free to add a few more drops of oil if the mixture seems too dry.
  4. Press 1 teaspoon portions of crumble into a ball using your fingers & palm. Make sure to press tightly to create a compact cookie or else they will fall apart during baking.
  5. Arrange on baking sheet.
  6. Brush each cookie with egg yolk and top with pinch of poppy seeds.
  7. Bake for 20 mins or until top is brown and cookie is firm.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack and store in airtight container.
  9. Goes well with a cup of black tea.

Recipe adapted from: Hearty Bakes


  1. This recipe is FASCINATING to me, Jayne, and I love that you’re putting a different spin on these cookies! I’ve never heard of using pea in cookies… but they’re gorgeous, and they look delicious, too!

    Thanks so much for participating in Christmas Cookie Week, and I look forward to seeing your other recipes this week. So exciting to be sharing some of our favorite sweets across the globe!

    • Thanks Erin! They look quite festive too, right? All green and bright. 🙂 So happy to be able to share my favourite cookies with all of you. Can’t wait to see yours!

      • They really DO look quite festive, and I love it! Now, to find these ground roasted peas you speak of so I can try these out myself… Thanks, again! I love that we’re sharing these recipes around the globe.

        • I wonder if you have those snack packets of peanuts, mixed nuts etc? We have those as well as roasted peas. You can totally grind those packs of roasted pea snacks for this recipe. 🙂 All the best!! Also your Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies! I stashed up a load of beans myself and I think I know what to do with them.

          • That’s a good question. I know that I can find the roasted peanuts, and next time I’m in that aisle, I’ll search for the roasted peas. Who knows? Maybe we’ve got them, and I just never knew. 🙂 Will let you know what I find.

            Thank you, lady! Glad I’m not the only vanilla bean hoarder in this group. Ha.

  2. Yummy ,flavorsome ,delicious to. I love this looking so nice and different from other Grinch cookies. Simple and sweet.

    • I like the term Grinch Cookies. Probably should have named these as such. Thanks for your kind words! These are one of my very favourite cookies. 🙂


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