“EVERY FRIEND TO THE OTHER IS A SUN, AND A SUNFLOWER ALSO. HE ATTRACTS AND FOLLOWS.” Jean Paul Richter
Some days we could all use a little self imposed sunshine. Such was my day today! And while I didn’t intend on baking and posting today, a quick trip to the market had me gazing upon these enormous sunflowers and just smiling! Plus….they were on sale! While these are not my most favorite flower, when I see them…..it’s like looking at a huge smiley face ….and I can almost hear them telling me….“Have a nice day!” And then I knew I wanted to bake a batch of sunflower seed cookies! The best part of a chocolate chip cookie for me is the cookie flavor itself. I swear I could bake them plain without the chips! And so I wanted to use a similar cookie base. But I just had to add something special…..
……….chocolate covered sunflower seeds (which I find easily at Trader Joe’s!)
Here’s what you’ll need to keep smiling……
- 1 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of chocolate covered sunflower seeds (plus extra for garnish)
In your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat till combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. With your mixer on low, add the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate covered sunflower seeds by hand. Chill the mix in your fridge for about a half an hour.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using the smallest size ice cream scoop (or about 1 Tablespoon) to assure even size cookies, scoop the batter onto the cookie sheets. I baked only 6 to a sheet because they do spread a bit. Bake for about 8 minutes. Then sprinkle a few sunflower seeds onto the center of each cookie and bake about a minute longer. Remove the pan and let them cool for 5 minutes and then transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool.
Yields: 3 dozen cookies
Level of Difficulty: Easy
I hope you really enjoy these sunflower seed cookies and that they make you smile as they did for me!