HAPPY NEW YEAR {for real this time}

Happy New Year everyone!  For real this time!  I didn’t plan on posting again for a day or three, but sometimes ideas just happen.

This one came to me while I was doing my pre-New Year dinner shopping. My oldest son LOVES beans. However, the younger two, not so much. Pinto beans are pushing it, so any parent can imagine their HORROR when I mentioned black-eyed peas were on the menu. As soon as I dropped the bag into the basket the yearly, ” I am not eating THAT,” whine-fest began.

Normally, this would have irritated me, but on this particular day, it gave me the BEST idea. I would TRICK them into eating their New Year staple!

This is what I came up with…

They are black-eyed peas, so they ought to cover the tradition, right?

*Don’t panic mom, I will make them eat at least five real ones*

Seriously, that was the plan all along.
 My kids will do almost anything for a cookie.

I was all around unsure about this cookie when I started. First of all, I didn’t know how well a black-eye pea would translate to a cookie. There is a very fine line between creative and UGLY. So, before embarrassing myself, I sent a quick phone pic to my buddy, L, and got the thumbs up.  She knew EXACTLY what they were.

Luckily, I happen to own a jelly bean cutter, and even though it always looked like a kidney to me {there IS such a thing as a kidney cookie} I knew it would work perfectly as a bean.

On a BAD note, I might have broken my resolution for no ugly cookies.  Bottom line, black-eyed peas just aren’t cute…unless maybe I gave them a face…but, um, not today.

However, since I was experimenting, I tried out a recipe I have been dreaming up for a while now.  I made lemon poppy seed cookies, with lemon royal icing.

*Hope no one is too disappointed that my black-eye pea cookies aren’t black-eye pea flavored*

I wasn’t sure about the combo at first, but they are Bern Dogg’s new favorite, so I KNOW they are pretty darn good.  But, just to double check, I might post my recipe soon, so I can get outside input.

Happy New Year, everyone, be safe and make it a good year!

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  1. 21

    you are too cute! Happy New Year, Callye!

  2. 22
    Helena says:

    I don’t care what you say, they’re CUTE! BTW, my mom’s cooking black eyed peas right now.

  3. 23

    These are too cute. As always you have given me inspiration for one of my cutters. I think I will have to do a Red Beans & Rice platter.

  4. 24
    Nancy M. says:

    You are so smart! Can’t wait for that recipe and to see what you have in store for us in 2012. Happy New Year!

  5. 25
    Sue says:

    Well, they sure look perfect! Is there a tradition for the new year involving black- eyed peas? I’ve never heard of it before:) Happy New Year!!!

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      Kim J. says:

      Very cute cookies! I knew exactly what they were. And yes Sue, it is a tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. And cabbage for prosperity. And, according to my great-grandfather, don’t spend any money on New Year’s Day or you’ll be spending money all year long.

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    Cheryl says:

    Being from the south, I LOVE these cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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