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Green Pea Cookie: Round and Sweet and Green All Over 

Wednesday, Feb 11 2015
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What is small, round, salty, sweet ... and green? That would be the new Green Pea Cookie, a vegan treat based upon a traditional Singaporean cookie.

Three friends — Tan Ying Quan (also known as Sean), Fiona Lee, and Larissa Russell — had the idea of making these cookies here in the Bay Area, after Sean's startup colleagues devoured the green pea cookies his mom sent from Singapore. Lee, also Singaporean, is the baker; Russell is the business whiz. After baking a lot of these tiny treats, the team shared its wares with strangers in Dolores Park and found that people really liked them. Trips to several other cities confirmed that green pea cookies were a hit with hungry and willing tasters.

The cookies are made with roasted green peas, ground into organic unbleached flour, sugar, sunflower oil, and salt. Bite into one and you might be reminded of shortbread or a Mexican wedding cookie; there's a nice balance of salt and sugar, so if you want something not-too-sweet with your afternoon coffee, this is a good option. There is also a gluten-free version made with rice flour, which is a bit more crumbly in texture, but still flavorful.

The Green Pea Cookie team is still in its fundraising stages, and those who want to support the project on Kickstarter will be rewarded with things like cookies (duh), merchandise, and — if you're a big spender — a pea-cookie alter ego. It might sound a bit silly but the end result is a vegan cookie that's healthy and really delicious.

Oh, and the basic green pea cookie is only the beginning. This reporter was able to try the chocolate-dipped version, and it took peas to another level. Who would have thought peas and chocolate go together?

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