No Rules Black-eye Peas Cookies

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I love cookies.

It is a cookie kind of week.

I made black-eyed pea cookies, lightly inspired by this recipe. I was feeling lazy and rebellious so I took a bunch of shortcuts.

I think they are fantastic. Not too sweet, crunchy on the bottom, buttery, delicious. YMMV: I have rarely met a cookie I didn’t like, to be fair, but for me they were great and I’ll definitely make them again.

Ingredients (like recipe above but converted into volumes instead of weights)

3/4 cup cooked mashed black-eye peas
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla


However you feel like it, no rules. My version today:

I mashed the black-eyed peas in a bowl with a potato masher (till I got bored; there were still some lumpy beans) then poured the butter, flour, sugar, and vanilla into the bowl on top of the beans. I pinched the butter apart, into the flour and sugar and beans, with my fingers like I was making biscuits. Then I sprinkled the baking powder on top of all of it and mixed it around a bit. Yup. Yup there is a chance that rendered the baking powder useless.

The dough was pretty dry with small pebbles of butter at this point.

Then instead of rolling (rolling makes a mess; I was lazy) I just grabbed handfuls of the mixture and made it into a ball and smashed it with my hands to make something cookie shaped, then put it on a baking sheet covered by a silicon mat.

Baked for about 20 mins at 350′ till brown and crispy on the bottom.

Cured many ills.

Published by Heather Piwowar

Cofounder of @our_research, the nonprofit behind Unsub, Unpaywall, and other tools to power open science. she/her. Adore cookies+cycling+reading+my fam.

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