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!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
5 mins
35 mins
50 cookies


Original recipe yields 50 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

125 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fat 7.8g 12% DV; cholesterol 7.5mg 3% DV; sodium 32.7mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 3 stars
The flavor of these cookies were pretty good but my family were not huge fans of the candied ginger and chocolate combination. The cookies were also a little crumbly like the dry to wet ratio was off. Read More