Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies are a wonderful change from your regular nut butter cookie recipes. Five simple ingredients come together to create a crunchy cookie with a slightly chewy center that is satisfying for those snack and dessert treat needs! Just to get it out of the way here, Sunbutter is the same thing as sunflower seed butter. How’s that for some random trivia for the day?
Sunbutter Cookies Recipe
If you are like me, a cookie is the ultimate comfort food. Not being able to enjoy cookies because of allergies or dietary restrictions can be really frustrating. It is my goal to make sure nobody has to go without something so darned delicious to satisfy their craving. The result today is this recipe for simple sunbutter cookies.
These are so delicious you will want to make a double batch, or at least stash a few away for yourself! These are perfect for making in large batches, and can easily be stored for 3-5 days in an airtight container on the counter or refrigerator.
What is Sunbutter Made From?
Sunbutter is made from sunflower seeds. This option is typically great for those who have allergies to peanut butter or other tree nuts. It is also loaded with protein, fiber, Vitamin E, zinc, and iron.
Before you use sunflower seed butter, make sure you check the labels to make sure they are certified free of any contaminants from a peanut producing facility. Much better to be safe than sorry!
Even if you have zero allergies, you will love using this as an alternative to peanut butter in recipes or even sandwiches. It has a mild flavor that is easy to substitute in recipes, and is very kid-friendly for your picky eaters.
Why Would Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies Turn Green?
No, this is not mold! Sunbutter naturally will turn green when baked. This is a simple reaction between chlorogenic acid and baking soda in the recipe. Don’t fear this! The color will not make it taste differently, and is 100% safe to consume. And that is my second random trivia for the article!
Can Sunbutter Cookies Be Made Gluten Free or Dairy Free?
Easily substitute the flour for a gluten free option with a 1:1 measurement. Coconut flour is my go-to gluten free option.
The same will work with the milk.
Almond milk would be and ideal substitute for this recipe, but if you are making it because of a nut allergy, then you may look to coconut milk, soy milk, or even hemp milk as options.
There are several options that will work and minimize any potential issues with dairy products too.
More Cookie Recipes
While these recipes are not nut-free or dairy-free, they are great for creating and adding to your dessert list. Have fun experimenting with these recipes to create updated versions to fit your dietary needs!
- Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies
- Double Chocolate Espresso Cake Mix Cookies
- Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
- Freezer Butter Cookies Recipe
- Coconut Flour Oatmeal Cookies
- Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
Only Five Ingredients Needed
- Baking Soda
- Brown Sugar
- Sunbutter (Sunflower Seed Butter)
How to Make Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies
Making sunbutter cookies is very simple. Begin by preheating your oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. This prevents sticking and makes the cookies easy to remove once baked. It also saves messy cleanup which saves time. I love these kind of timesaving baking hacks!
As with most cookie recipes, begin my mixing together the wet ingredients. For this, you will mix together your brown sugar, milk, sunbutter together using a hand mixer.
Once the wet ingredients are nice and creamy, add in your dry ingredients, mixing until smooth. Make sure to scrape down sides of bowl as needed so all ingredients are incorporated.
Drop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet and bake until nice and golden brown on the edges.
Meal Prep Tips
Make sure to check out these tips to make this a meal prep friendly option for you and your family!
Always consider making the cookie dough ahead of time and form them into little balls. Freeze them on a cookie sheet for about 6-12 hours and remove them from the freezer. Take the balls and put them in a freezer safe bag, like Ziplock’s brand. This will ensure that they remain fresh and not get freezer burn. Take out a few at a time to bake in smaller amounts.
Another favorite tip for all cookies (and I do this for my banana bread that I need in the morning!) is to prepare all the ingredients the night before into little measuring cups and then cover them. This saves me so much time and I can simply dump them into my Kitchenaid, mix for a couple minutes and form the balls. I usually can make this portion faster than it takes to preheat the oven. Seriously, try it out!
Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies | FIVE Ingredients | Sun Butter
- 2/3 cup flour use a gluten free option if desired
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup Sunflower Seed Butter We used Sunbutter brand
- In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, place the Sunbutter, milk and brown sugar, and mix until smooth and creamy.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour and baking soda, and blend well.
- Add the flour to the mixing bowl, and blend on low until all ingredients are mixed.
- Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl, and blend again on medium until smooth.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and drop the cookies by the teaspoonful onto the parchment paper.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees, for 12 – 15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
- Remove from oven to a wire rack to cool.