Sunflower Seed Cookies

sunflower seed cookie recipeAround the ol’ Interwebs, you will be seeing a lot of pie recipes today, it is #PieDay afterall. I like pie. A lot. I love the idea of the food community coming together to celebrate the ultimate baked good (in my humble opinion, of course). But I just didn’t have it together to make one and get it posted in time. I have no good excuse other than I just cannot get into my groove in the kitchen right now. I am not sure what the deal is, but I think that it may have something to do with the beach calling my name. In a few days, I know that I will be itching to cook or bake something, have no fear, you will be seeing new recipes here (thankfully, I banked a few before we left Kansas). But for now, I am going to enjoy the first day of summer. Today, the beach is calling. Happy Summer Solstice.

I have a whole board of pies if you are looking for one to make today. Just in case.

I picked up a bag of sunflower seed cookies at the grocery store and immediately was obsessed. I had to get them out of the house, because I would have eaten the whole bag. The only thing that I did not like about these cookies was the price tag. Crazy expensive. I found this post about being a food blogger and had to chuckle. I immediately ate these cookies and thought to myself, I can make these better and cheaper (#5 on Irvin’s list). And you know what? I did. These are even better than the cookies that I bought in the store. These are equally addicting. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. They have whole grains and sunflower seeds, so they are totally a health food, right?

sunflower seed cookie recipe1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds

sunflower seed cookie recipeMix together butter and brown sugar. Mix it until really combined. It will not get light and fluffy because there is more sugar than butter.

sunflower seed cookie recipeAdd eggs one at a time and vanilla.

sunflower seed cookie recipeAdd flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.

sunflower seed cookie recipeMix until combined.

sunflower seed cookie recipePour in sunflower seeds.

sunflower seed cookie recipeDrop onto a parchment lined baking sheet using an ice cream scoop. Smooch them down a little bit.

sunflower seed cookie recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

sunflower seed cookie recipeA reward for his hard work.

sunflower seed cookie recipe

sunflower seed cookie recipe

Sunflower Seed Cookies

Yield: makes 3 dozen

Sunflower Seed Cookies - These Sunflower Seed Cookies are a creation made from a cookie that costs too much to buy all the time. I think I like my version better.


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds


  1. Mix together butter and brown sugar. Mix it until really combined. It will not get light and fluffy because there is more sugar than butter. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Pour in sunflower seeds.
  3. Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet using an ice cream scoop. Smooch them down a little bit. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g


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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

    Mmmm. I can already tell we are going to love these! Perfect!

    1. bakedbree

      You will love these! They are so good, all of the kids on my street loved them.

      1. sandy

        can you use just the kernels in this recipe?

        1. bakedbree

          I guess? You mean the unshelled ones right? That is what I used.

  2. Sarah

    Everyone needs a beach break sometimes! πŸ˜€ Mmm…these cookies look great – and unusual. Awesome mix.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Sarah! These were so good, I wish that I had some right now.

  3. Becky Bush

    I never thought of using sunflower seeds in cookies….I think i will try this. Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      Please do and let me know what you think.

  4. kankana

    That would give some nice salty kick. I love sunflower a lot but never really added in cookies.

    1. bakedbree

      I use the raw kind, not the salted kind.

  5. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    I’ve said this before, but your son is just so cute. I love your pictures! So, I’m a pretty big fan of oats and sunflower seeds and have never put sunflower seeds in anything baked before..this is a great idea! I bet your cookies have such a unique and delicious flavor. Your recipe looks simple and delicious, can’t wait to try it out!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Julia! I think that he is pretty cute too. πŸ™‚ These were so good, that I made them three times in one week.

  6. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    Those look really awesome! I love a good homemade cookie! And I dont blame you for going to the beach! I would too πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Carla! It was one of the nicest days ever on the beach. Gorgeous!!!

  7. Becca- cookie jar treats

    I’ve never had sunflower seeds. I’ve seen them in various trail mixes at the store, I’ve seen them enrobed in colorful candy-chocolate coatings, and I’ve seen their shells lying around on the ground from when people spit them out, but I’ve never tried them. These cookies look amazing though. πŸ™‚ (I love me an oatmeal cookie!)

    1. bakedbree

      I love them, I put them in salads all of the time too.

  8. Nicole, RD

    I can’t wait to make these πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      You will love them! So good!

  9. Wendy

    I plan to make these tomorrow. Crispy outside and chewy inside is the texture of choice at my house. If you made these three times in one week you probably can’t answer my question πŸ™‚ Any idea how long these might stay fresh in an air-tight container? I am thinking these would mail well in a care package. For research purposes, I will hide one or two and see how they taste in 4 or 5 days.

    1. bakedbree

      I think that they would be great for a care package. I wrap 2 or 3 cookies in plastic wrap, then wrap the little packages in wrap and put them in a box. They should be great for at least a week.

  10. Jen @ Savory Simple

    I love the photos! I didn’t have enough time to get a pie together either.

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that I am not alone.

  11. Vickie

    these sound delicious πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Vickie! I think that they are.

  12. Chrissy

    I just made these and they are fabulous. I don’t think I’m going to be eating anything else today! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad! I LOVE these cookies. I had to give mine away. Otherwise I would have eaten the entire batch.

  13. Tonia

    Hi Bree – discovered your blog today through Pinterest. I added several of your recipes to my boards and am looking forward to trying them. The Grace’s Sunflower cookies are to die for and love when Whole Foods is sampling them. Thank you for sharing your recipe and welcome to KS!

    1. bakedbree

      Aren’t they? I actually like my version a little better. The texture is softer.

  14. Wendy

    My family really enjoyed these! Thank you. The crispy chewy texture was perfect and the brown sugar/ sunflower seed taste combination was special. I know you posted this in the summer but these cookies make great lunch box cookies. They are semi-healthy and are sturdy.

    1. bakedbree

      I know! I love these cookies so much. I have made so many variations of these cookies.

  15. michelle

    Made these for and with my preschooler who was learning the letter “S” and seeds. Wow are these delicious!

    1. bakedbree

      Aren’t they? I love this cookie, I haven’t made these in ages, thanks for reminding me.

  16. rita

    I’ve been looking for a good sunflower seed cookie. o
    I’m trying this using all organic ing. an quick oats. I’ll let u know how they comes out.

    1. bakedbree

      I love this cookie! Healthy-ish and tastes amazing.

  17. Dorene Whatley

    I plan to try your recipe today but I do not see where you show the yeild of your recipe. How many cookies does this recipe make?

    1. bakedbree

      I really don’t know. I would guess at least 2 dozen?

  18. Dorene Whatley

    I am making them now and my dough seems a bit drier than yours looks. I followed your recipe exactly but did add dried cranberries. It didn’t even stick to the mixing bowl. What should I add?

    1. bakedbree

      It is a pretty dry dough, but you probably threw the ratio off by adding cranberries.

      1. Dorene Whatley

        Thanks Bree. I added 2Tb shortening and they turned out delicious!

  19. Flor

    What kind of flour did you use? I’m making these in Argentina!

    1. bakedbree

      All-purpose flour.

  20. Cydne Wright

    So excited to try these. I just discovered Grace’s Best recently, but I had the thought that some talented person had to have shared a similar recipe that might cost a little less $$$! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    1. bakedbree

      You’re welcome, they are so good!

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