Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sunflower Seed Cookies

I’m so glad I gave these Sunflower Seed Cookies a try.  They were fantastic—the nutritious sunflower seeds add a nice nutty flavor to the sweet cookies.  I had forgotten how much I love sunflowers and sunflower seeds.  When I was young I was fascinated with sunflower fields—all those big, beautiful, golden flowers facing the sun.  I remember taking note of the direction the flowers were facing early in the morning on the way to school and then checking again in the late afternoon on the ride home.  And sure enough—the flowers had followed the sun!

As a child I also enjoyed eating sunflower seeds, although I have to admit that when I first tried them I just sucked on the seeds and then spit them out without eating the kernel inside.  I seriously didn’t know I was supposed to crack open the seed and eat the kernel inside.  I saw people spitting out the seeds and thought that was what I was supposed to do.  And even after learning that there was actually something to eat in the seeds, I never perfected the technique for cracking open the shell in my mouth.  Luckily you can buy sunflower seeds already hulled, which is what you need to make these delicious Sunflower Seed Cookies.

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Sunflower Seed Cookies
Sunflower seeds add a nutty flavor to these oatmeal cookies.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower kernels, roasted

1. In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugars until light and fluffy; add eggs and vanilla and combine.2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.3. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.4. Stir in oats, coconut, and sunflower kernels.5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheet.6. Bake at 350°F for 8 - 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.7. Allow cookies to cool for about 1 minute on the cookie sheet, then move cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approx. 4 dozen cookies

Recipe adapted from National Sunflower Association


  1. Cookies looks delicious, you are great baker.

  2. These are wonderful Jill! I love that they have oatmeal in them. I can't wait to try these!

  3. Oh wow these look lovely and healthy too with sunflower seeds and oats hehe

  4. These look delicious and such a different flavour combo. Can't say I've eaten many sunflower seeds. My parrot loves them though, LOL. Love that they're oatmeal based too. I'll be trying some of these soon.

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  5. Oh, I adore sunflower seeds! But I've never baked with them..nor seen a sunflower seed cookie recipe till now. Your cookies sound that they have oats and coconut, too. So yummy!

  6. Now I want to give it a try as I love sunflower seeds and usually add it to my bread. I am pretty sure they tasted great with coconut flakes.

  7. These cookies look absolutely delicious. Definitely bookmarking them!

  8. I have so many sunflower seeds just waiting to be used up! Can't wait to try these out and finally get rid of those seeds that have lasted me so long!

  9. i love your recipe! these look pitch perfect. thanks for sharing!

  10. What beautiful cookies my friend, love their texture :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. I love it! I don't know why but it never occurred to me to add sunflower seeds to cookies. Can't wait to try it!

  12. Too funny about the seeds :) Great idea for a healthy cookie too..

  13. What amazing cookies!

  14. What a delightful and healthy recipe! My daughter will want to make these cookies for her little boy! Such a lovely story Jill!

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  16. Wow, these look so good and pretty too. I might have to bake them soon and give my birdies a nibble or too, they love sunflower seeds. Have a great weekend:)

  17. i grew up eating sunflower seeds but have never learned how to crack opened them in my mouth. I always crack them in my hands or simply buy hulled ones.
    Love the idea of adding them to cookies, something I have to try soon

  18. Can I use sweetened coconut flakes? Or, do I need to adapt the recipe w/ these ingredients? Thanks!!

  19. I made these! I did not use coconut out of personal preference, only 1 cup of oats and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and wow did they turn out great. I think next time I will also add 1/2 cup more sunflower seeds and some more cinnamon.

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