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.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approx. 4 dozen cookies
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.
Recipe adapted from National Sunflower Association.