Chewy Sunflower Butter Cookies


I live in a peanut-free building, but sometimes I just need a peanut butter cookie. I was wracking my brain as to how to get this taste one day, and I came up with these. They more than fit the bill and I think that instead of craving peanut butter cookies, I'll be craving these from now on instead. The cookie vultures will wait around your cooling racks in droves - I know I had a couple! Total crowd pleaser and totally peanut free!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
50 cookies


  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 cup crunchy sunflower seed butter (such as SunButter®)

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup candied ginger, finely chopped

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chunks

  • cup raw sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Combine shortening, sunflower seed butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until light and airy. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating on medium speed until very light.

  3. Sift flour, baking soda, ground ginger, and salt into a separate bowl. Mix well. Stir in candied ginger, chocolate, and sunflower seeds.

  4. Gradually add flour mixture to the creamed shortening mixture, stirring gently until combined. Do not overmix. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies appear set, 8 to 10 minutes. Do not wait for the edges to brown. Cool on the cookie sheets for 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

The cookies will not seem done when you take them out. Do not worry about this. They will firm up while cooling on the pan. If you bake them too long, they will not be chewy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

125 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 50
Calories 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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