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Sunflower Chip Cookies

I’m really into everything sunflower right now: Pretty, bright (and cheap!) sunflowers from Trader Joe’s, creamy sunflower seed butter and even chocolate covered sunflower seeds! You heard me right—chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

Of which I found the best use ever for—-sunflower butter cookies!

These cookies are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite peanut butter cookies, but instead are made with delicious sunflower seed butter and chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

If you love peanut butter cookies, you’ll really love these!

You can find chocolate covered sunflower seeds at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, just use regular dark chocolate chips. These little cookies are perfect for Spring. Try wrapping a dozen up in pink or blue tissue paper and giving to a friend (that is, if you don’t eat them all yourself).

And…speaking of Spring, the sun is finally out!

Celebrate with a cookie (or four).

Sunflower Chip Cookies

makes about 3 dozen small cookies

Print this recipe!


1 stick butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter

1 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup chocolate covered sunflower seeds (or chocolate chips)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the sunflower seed butter and mix well. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat until smooth.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt together then add to the wet ingredients. Mix in the chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

Form small balls from tablespoons of dough and press down gently on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until puffy and golden.


30 minutes

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  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Sunflower seeds are so delish. And those chips are so pretty!! This recipe sounds yummmmmmy πŸ˜€

  • Nicole
    March 29, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Yum! Please send me some of these πŸ™‚

  • cait
    March 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

    wow how colorful, delicious and YUMMY

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love those colorful little seeds. So good to snack on too!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    March 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

    how perfect for spring! I’ve never heard of chocolate covered sunflower seeds! I want to try them, but unfortunately no trader joes near me.. I’m not sure I can even get sunflower seed butter!

    • Sher
      March 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

      You can buy them at Cracker Barrel or even WalMart! πŸ™‚

    • SunnySeedLisa
      May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Megan, they’re called Sunny Seeds, and you can get them here:

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

    These are so cute!! I love the colours – perfect for Easter!

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    March 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

    LOVE this! Perfect for Easter and a nice change from peanut butter cookies.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I’m obsessed with sunflower seed butter!

    I love how colorful these are πŸ™‚

  • Christie {Nourishing Eats}
    March 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

    We had chocolate covered sunflower seeds as our wedding favors πŸ˜€ We had specialty colors made to match and everything!

  • Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    March 29, 2011 at 5:25 am

    These cookies are so adorable! However, spring is confused here. Like as in it is 40 degrees and snowing, and I’m on spring break. It’s just rude, plain ole rude!

  • amanda @ fake ginger
    March 29, 2011 at 5:30 am

    You can get the sunflower seeds anywhere around here – World Market, Target, Books-A-Million, and even Cracker Barrel. πŸ™‚

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    March 29, 2011 at 5:31 am

    These cookies look delicious…and are so colorful and spring-y!

    • Baking 'n' Books
      March 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

      I know – I love that cookies can be “spring-like” πŸ™‚

      I would use Smarties or M&M’s – but they’re all chocolate – no seeds. But they’re colorful so it counts!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:34 am

    How fitting! I put toasted sunflower seeds on my oatmeal this morning. Try it, surprisingly good!

  • Ruth
    March 29, 2011 at 5:35 am

    These look delish! I’m not sure I have access to the sunflower seed butter or the covered seeds over here, but perhaps it would be worth grinding my own sunflower seed butter and see how it goes! They look so pretty with the coloured chips thong – maybe I could substitute for sugar coated chocolate drops. Yum!

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I’ve never heard of sunflower seed butter, so thanks for that tip! These look pretty healthy, would you say they are?

  • Cara Craves...
    March 29, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Well aren’t those the most precious things ever!
    They are so cute. I good cookie for Easter I think.
    The seeds look like little baby eggs. How cute!

  • jenna
    March 29, 2011 at 5:43 am

    how fun!! i love brightly colored/chocolate covered sunflower seeds. they seem so festive!! Happy Spring!

  • Jess (Sweet Potato)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Those choc. covered sunflower seeds are so pretty and remind me of summer πŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    March 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

    OOOOH pretty cookies πŸ˜€

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    March 29, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Now I am sad I didn’t pick up a box of these when I saw them yesterday!!!

  • Victoria
    March 29, 2011 at 5:51 am

    So I think I love you. You own my cookie heart.
    Today, as I was sliding further into the back of my chair, in the midst of my 3pm slump I literally was thinking what you were cooking, and decided I would make cookies when I got home. Sadly, poor student= no money= no chocolate.
    My taste buds are dancing like Mexican beans.

  • Renee (kudos kitchen)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I love sunflower seeds but have never heard of the candy coated chocolate ones. Guess I need to make a trip to Trader Joe’s, huh? Your recipe looks fun πŸ™‚

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    March 29, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I need to find those choc covered sunflower seeds at TJ’s — the colors are too cute!

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    March 29, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I have never heard about chocolate covered sunflower seeds! I wish there were Trader Joes in Florida…I heard they aren’t even thinking about putting them down here, boooo!

    The cookies look amazing, makes me think of Easter πŸ™‚

    • Faith @ lovelyascharged
      March 29, 2011 at 6:01 am

      AMEN…we totally need a TJ’s in our neck of the woods! Not fair at all!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged
    March 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I love those chocolate covered sunflower seeds – why did it never dawn on me to put them into a cookie? Sounds delish!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    March 29, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Sunflower seed butter is my latest obsession! Can’t wait to try these cookies πŸ™‚

  • brandi
    March 29, 2011 at 6:02 am

    what a fun cookie to make for easter! I’ve seen those sunflower seeds, but I haven’t tried them. not sure why – I love sunflower seeds!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    March 29, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Sunflowers are my absolute faves! So glad to see them getting some love here πŸ™‚

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
    March 29, 2011 at 6:06 am

    This is a great idea! It’s always fun to add color to a cookie and this is a unique way to do it.

    Mmmm, bookmarking this right now!!!

  • Evan Thomas
    March 29, 2011 at 6:10 am

    These photos and recipe(and all of them recently) are so spot on. I just love your blog lately!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    March 29, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Such a great idea for cookies!!

  • sarah (sarah learns)
    March 29, 2011 at 6:14 am

    those cookies are so pretty! i love the different colors of chocolate covered sunflower seeds. πŸ™‚

    spring hasn’t quite sprung here in wisconsin yet. πŸ™ it’s pretty cold and it snowed a couple days ago…. yuck.

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    March 29, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Choc covered sunflower seeds?? That’s awesome! And they made very cute cookies!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    March 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

    OMG I can’t wait for Lent to be over and make this recipe! I *love* those seeds and never thought to add them to cookies. Fab idea!

    • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
      March 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

      PS, I’ve always found these at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Ross in the past and they’re usually cheaper than Trader Joe’s. =)

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    March 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

    These are stinkin’ adorable.

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    March 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful, beautiful photo!!

  • Cyndie
    March 29, 2011 at 6:27 am

    They sell those chocolate covered sunflower seeds at Cracker Barrel, too! They’re so delicious. I love how teeny they are.

    These cookies are great idea.

  • rebecca lustig
    March 29, 2011 at 6:32 am

    From Trader Joes right? I love this, the perfect spring pick-me-up!

  • Quisha
    March 29, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Those are so colorful! Perfect for spring! πŸ™‚

  • Blog is the New Black
    March 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Love this idea! So colorful!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    March 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

    That sunflower butter is so good and those cookies look great!

  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    March 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I love PB cookies so I can’t wait to try these! They look so good! πŸ™‚

  • Camille
    March 29, 2011 at 6:56 am

    These are the prettiest cookies ever!

  • Jenny @ nutmegger
    March 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

    these looks like the perfect cookies for an easter sunday brunch! putting them in the repertoire for a few weekends from now πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    March 29, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Oh I bet the flavor is amazing…I love the sweet/salty combinations!!

  • Susan
    March 29, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Canadians! You can find “Spitz” brand chocolate sunflower seeds at most grocery stores. I’ve seen them at Loblaws and Sobeys. And I know Costco carries a brand of non-candy coated ones. It’s totally worth using the chocolate seeds if you can because they are SO flipping good (and addictive). Can’t wait to make these cookies!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

    i LOVE these cookies…they’re so bright and beautiful! i can honestly say i’ve never tried sunflower butter but i think it might be time to change that now

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    March 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I have a mild to moderate obsession with sunflowerseed butter but haven’t yet baked with it- I just drizzle it on pretty much everything. These cookies look so delightful – I love the cheeriness that the bright colors add – I think I’ll have to make these for Easter!

  • Jenn from Much to My Delight
    March 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Holla!! I have had a container of those chocolate covered sunflower seeds languishing on my counter for 2 months. Who has two thumbs and is making these cookies this weekend? This gal!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    March 29, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I am in love with the bright little chocolate covered sunflower seeds! I saw them in TJ’s when I was there over the weekend. SO CUTE! What a great way to use them.

  • Molly
    March 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Such a standard but deliciously tweaked recipe idea. They look amazing! Why is it that sprinkles or blast of colors makes any treat better?

  • Spicy Bohemian
    March 29, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wow – I’ve never even heard of chocolate-covered sunflower seeds! They look delish (and very dangerous!). πŸ˜‰

  • Euniece@innerpeacehealthytreats&runningfeet
    March 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

    these sunflower chip cookies just brightened up my day and made me so want to bake lots of pretty cheery colorful things!! now if only the sun would come out of hiding in pittsburgh

  • diana kelly
    March 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

    These are so beautiful and cheery-looking. I never heard of chocolate-covered sunflower seeds before.

  • kristina
    March 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

    these cookies look good! and yes! spring is coming finally πŸ˜‰

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    March 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I’ve always wondered what those sunflower chips were supposed to be used for!

  • Natalie
    March 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Oh my! What a brilliant idea. I absolutely love chocolate covered sunflower seeds and these cookies are so cute for spring. I can’t wait to make some.

  • Ashley @perfectleypeared
    March 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

    You had me at sunflower! πŸ™‚ And then grabbed me even more at Trader Joe’s and sunflower seed butter! These would be so festive for Easter! πŸ™‚ Thanks for brightening my morning! I hope my sunflower plant grows big like the ones in your photo.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    March 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I am obsessed with sunflower seeds. Especially roasted and salted. I’m so obsessed with them I can’t buy them because I can literally eat lbs of them.

    Perhaps one small bag of chocolate covered seeds and butter wouldn’t hurt. πŸ˜‰ can’t wait to try these!

  • Stephanie Rose
    March 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Oh my goodness, this is such a great idea! Honestly, never knew of such butter. I will have to make the hike to Trader Joe’s now!

  • Caitlin
    March 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I can’t wait to try these – I’ve been obsessed with tjs sunflower seed butter!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

    SO springy! I absolutely love the colors of this post. I’ve never had sunflower butter but anything in cookie form is just bound to be good :).

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Life just got a bit more colorful, and tastier!!! Thanks for sharing, Jenna πŸ™‚

  • katie
    March 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Amazing! Love the idea of chocolate covered sunflower seeds in there! Yummy!!

  • Mara
    March 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

    So glad you wrote this post. I’ve seen sunflower butter at Trader Joe’s, but I had no idea what the taste/texture would be like. Glad to hear peanut butter lovers will like sunflower butter, too! Have you used it in sauces or spreads?

  • Lauren L.
    March 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Chocolate covered sunflower seeds are (not surprisingly!) a Kansas export.

  • Jen
    March 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

    After hearing so many people rave about sunflower seed butter, and already being a nut butter lover to begin with, I can’t believe I still haven’t picked up a jar of the stuff! These cookies make me think of Easter. So pretty!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    March 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

    These are so pretty! I love sunflower seed butter.

  • jenna{frombostonwithlove}
    March 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Oh yum!

    Have you ever had chocolate covered pepitas? I think they’d score right up there with the sunflower seeds.

  • Jen @ What's on Jen's Plate?
    March 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

    These are absolutely A-dorable! I will have to make them for Easter. The colors from the chocolate covered sunflower seeds are perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

  • kaila @ healthyhelper blog!
    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Sunflower seed butter is my favorite nut butter ever! I am so excited to make these!

  • Heather @ Sugar & Spice
    March 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Sunflowers might be my all time favorite flower and I just love when they are in season. I am eager to try this new recipe for sunflower chip cookies! I have been meaning to make cookies for days – might have to give these a try. Thanks Jenna! πŸ™‚

  • Kate@fittingintothewindycity
    March 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Love the sunflower theme. These would be so cute for a bridal or baby shower!

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    March 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Ok, I would make those cookies just to have an excuse to buy tons of those incredibly adorable chocolate covered sunflower seeds!!

    Those are the prettiest cookies πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    March 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

    These cookies look so pretty and cute! (and not to mention delicious)!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    March 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I have been loving those chocolate covered sunflower seeds, too! I can’t get over the pretty colors!

  • Kiran @
    March 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Chocolate covered sunflower seeds? Holy yum!!! πŸ˜€

  • Moni'sMeals
    March 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    well done! Spring cookies are here!

  • Jonesta
    March 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    These cookies look so delicious. Spring must be my favourite time of the year, not to hot, not to cold. I cant wait for summer here in Portugal..

  • Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
    March 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I love chocolate covered sunflower seeds! They make these cookies look so festive for spring!

  • Ana
    March 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for buying out our Trader Joe’s Sunflower Butter.. I get everyone I know to go buy it. These look wonderful!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Jenna I LOVE TJs SFSButter. It’s my #1 fave nut butter of all time and I could drink the stuff. I need these cookies in my life!

    And that picture of the water you took…it’s just…GORGEOUS! I am so drawn to aqua water. I mean, for me, that is zen in a bowl. I love that shot! Soooo tranquil and lovely!

    And the cookies, I am drawn to those, big time, too πŸ™‚

  • Tracy
    March 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    This is so strange, I’ve been obsessed with sunflower seed butter lately and was thinking about how I should make some cookies with it! Looks delish! I love the pic with the sunflowers in the background too.

  • Heather
    March 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    These cookies look freakin’ delicious!!

    p.s. I heart your blog πŸ™‚

  • Lynna
    March 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I LOVE chocolate covered sunflower seeds!! I actually made a vegan “Sunflower Chip” cookie a while ago ( but I didn’t think to add sunflower seed butter–genius idea! These look like they’d make perfect Easter cookies mmm.

  • AshleyH
    March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I swear Jenna it freaks me out because whenever I am into something or thinking of something. You write about it on your blog. Crazy.
    Anywho, I bought those delicious sunflower seeds at Trader Joes on sunday and yesterday I was thinking how awesome they would be in a cookie. Looks like I was right. I will definitely be making these soon. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      March 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      hehehehe πŸ˜‰

  • Teresa
    March 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful recipe. I woke up to snow this morning, and it was great to see your cheery post about sunflowers. I actually rushed to Trader Joe’s on my noon hour to buy chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, but they were sold out. The friendly TJ folks told me they would be getting more before the weekend. Can’t wait to bake these cookies!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    OMG I love this! sunflowers are by far my favorite flower, I am a bit obsessed with them! And you know summer is around the corner when they start popping up! What a creative recipe πŸ™‚

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    March 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    These cookies look delicious and so pretty! Didn’t know Trader Joe’s sold chocolate covered sunflower seeds, so I’ll definitely have to grab some. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    March 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    you can buy chocolate covered sunflower seeds at cracker barrel right now too! delish!

  • Katelynn
    March 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Such a good idea! I am so making these cookies very soon.

    First things first, I need to pick up those chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

  • Amanda
    March 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Those are the prettiest little candies I’m ever seen! They remind me of smarties : D

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    As soon as I saw those cookies photos I knew that they had to be mine….and chocolate covered sunflower seeds….are you kidding me. Yum!

  • Vanessa
    March 30, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Ok I am totally loving this idea! I can’t stop eating that sunflower seed butter from TJ’s. They would make a super cute Easter addition.

  • Dee D.
    March 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Wow, those look so delicious and colorful! I ‘ve never had sunflower cookies before, maybe I will try these out!

  • Carolyn Jung
    March 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Trader Joe’s sells chocolate-covered sunflower seeds?? Man, I have not been scouring the shelves carefully enough if I have missed those. Will definitely have to try them. Thanks for the tip!

  • Meagan
    March 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    just made these and they are great! my son has a severe peanut allergy and so it’s fun to make him a “peanut butter” type cookie. Found a recipe for marshmallow buttercream and I am going to do whoopie pies and then dip in chocolate…yum.

    • jenna
      March 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      so glad you and your son liked them!

  • Dana
    March 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Trader Joe’s is OUT of SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER! I’m going to try almond butter with the sunflower seeds. How can that be bad?

  • Mellie
    March 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    These look good! Never heard of sunflower seed butter… in fact before I started reading food blogs I’d never heard of ANY butters except peanut butter & nutella. I wish I lived near a fun grocery store.

  • HilaryJo
    March 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I LOVE those little sunflower seeds. They remind me of when I was ten years old and had horseback riding lessons in the Korean countryside…sigh….

  • Dominique
    March 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Trader Joe’s has the most awesome things; when will they ever come to Canada πŸ™ I’m pretty sure we got some chocolate-covered sunflower seed samples in at work to test though–but no snackage allowed.

  • BeePie Runs
    March 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Well I guess I should have read this post sooner because even tho I just bought those very things at TJ’s just days ago, they are already gone. Sigh. I’ve been eating sunflower seed butter on EVERYTHING – my girls love it too and call it “sun butter”. And we sprinkle those chocolate covered sunflower seeds on our ice cream. Perfection.

  • diana kellyl
    March 31, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Hi Jenna,
    We liked these fun cookies so much, we posted the link to them on Prevention Editor’s Spark blog:!

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    Jenna, I just made these to serve after Easter dinner and they are SO delicious! Thanks for such a fun new way to use already great ingredients!! πŸ™‚

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    April 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I attempted these twice.. both times the dough was a crumbly mess, so disappointing. What am I doing wrong?!

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  • Julie
    November 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I just made these, and maaaan did they suck. I’ve been baking like crazy these past few weeks preparing for Christmas, and I thought these would be a nice addition. I followed the recipe line for line, and though the dough was THICK and oily, I still gave it a go. Dear god. What came out of my oven was a nasty little mess. They didn’t spread at all, so they were kind balled up with sharp edges and no good cookie shape. I gave these sad little cookies the benefit of the doubt and tried eating a few. Shared them with my friends. They had no good flavor, and were mighty too thick in texture. I tried a second batch after adding a bit of flour to soak up the oil. No good. The flavor is just yuck. Third batch after adding some sugar and honey. Still no good. I’m bummed!!
    Excellent idea of trying sunflower seed butter cookies, but I think this recipe needs some tweaking.