Sunflower Butter Cookies

sunflower butter cookies paleo

 Sunflower butter cookies are a very simple cookie to make and decorate. These are paleo and nut free, with low carb and dairy free options. Although, the first batch I made turned bright green, yes green! I don’t know if you’ve ever baked with sunflower seed butter before, but the chlorophyll in the seeds  reacts with the baking soda, which turns it a lovely shade of green. So, I had to save that recipe for ST. Patrick’s Day. And I went back to redo the whole recipe idea, just leaving out the baking soda this time. They came out so yummy and not green, yay! Turns out the baking soda was not needed. However we still ate the green ones too. They tasted better than they looked.

Press a chocolate chip or raisin into cookie center.

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Gently press sunflower seeds around chocolate chip or raisin center.

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Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely and serve.

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Have some cookie decorating fun with these easy to make, sunflower seed butter cookies.
Recipe type: grain free, paleo, gluten free, and low carb version
Cuisine: treat or dessert
Serves: 12
  • 6 tbsp coconut flour, where to buy coconut flour
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter (nut free), or favorite nut butter (find one low in sugar and carbs)
  • 1 egg.
  • Sweetener of choice: ⅔ cup coconut sugar for paleo, or for low carb use ⅔ cup erythritol (sugar free), where to buy erythritol
  • ⅓ cup butter or coconut oil, melted.
  • Sunflower Decoration:
  • 2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
  • 12 dark chocolate chips (dairy and soy free kind) or sugar free kind, like this one, or if you don't eat chocolate, then use 12 raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine: 1 egg, ½ cup sunflower seed butter, sweetener of choice, and ⅓ cup melted butter or melted coconut oil, and 6 Tbsp coconut flour.
  3. Mix together thoroughly. Place dough in mixing bowl into the freezer for 12 minutes to make dough less sticky and spread less while baking.
  4. Place your decorating chocolate chips or raisins and sunflower seeds in a bowl near the baking sheet.
  5. Once dough is cold and more solid, then form into 12 dough balls and put each on the baking sheet. Flatten the tops of the dough a little *see photo above.
  6. Push a chip or raisin into the center of each cookie,* as shown in photo above.
  7. Then place and gently push the sunflower seeds around the chip or raisin in the cookie,* as seen in photo above.
  8. After decorating, Bake at 350 F for 12 minutes or until cookies are browning.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 12 minutes or more to firm up a little before taking off baking sheet as they will be very soft when first out of the oven.
  10. Once completely cooled, remove from sheet and serve.
Nutritional data for Paleo Version (includes decorations): Serving : 1 medium size cookie, Cal: 185, Carbs: 16 g / Net Carbs: 13.4 g, Fiber: 2.6 g, Fat: 12 g, Protein: 4 g, sugar: 13 g

Nutritional Data for Low Carb Version (includes decorations): serving: 1 medium size cookie, Cal: 148, Carbs: 5.6 g/ Net Carbs: 3 g, Fiber: 2.6, Fat; 12 g, Protein: 4 g, Sugar: 2 g




  1. Sierra says

    I made these with coconut sugar and thought they were way too sweet! Tried to doctor the recipe up with more sun butter. Next time I’m cutting the sugar in half. Delicious non the less!! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Sierra,
      Sorry , I thought they were a little sweet to me, but my taste testers said they were perfect. So, it probably depends on how sweet people like their treats. My taste testers were not Paleo, and I had just finished a detox, so I thought that I was just not used to sweets at the time. I May need to adjust the sweetener amount. Thanks for letting me know.
      ~ Stacey

  2. says

    These look great. I actually use dates and maple syrup in conjunction with nut butters in my cookies. The nut butter is amazing at creating the perfect cookie texture. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • says

      I took the baking soda out, and it still worked fine and without the green, lol. It turned out to not need baking soda. I made two batches, one with and one without.

    • Stacey says

      Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by. I did have larger photos at first, but it made my site load much slower, so I put smaller ones in to speed up loading times. Now my site loads a little faster, so maybe I’ll try out some larger photos again and see how it goes. Maybe I can install something to speed it up. I love big photos too, I just don’t want people to get antsy waiting for it to load. Your photos look amazing! I am still trying to figure out how to use my camera, lol.
      Stacey :)

  3. says

    Hi, great creation! Of course I appreciate it since I blog for the SunButter brand of sunflower seed butter, and we’re always looking for clever new recipes, but as a fellow cookie-baker, I’m eager to try these and brighten up the cookie jar/plate! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Stacey says

      Elizabeth, thank you so much for your very kind words. Thank you for sharing these too. I adore SunButter and use it in many yummy recipes. It is great in sauces too.

  4. Annetta says

    The recipes doesn’t say where to add the coconut flour… do we just add it with everything else ? Thanks looks delish! Making my sunflower butter right now!

    • Stacey says

      Hi Annetta, thanks for noticing that and letting me know.Yes, you just add it with the rest. I don’t know why it was not on the page anymore. I put it back on the list. I must of accidentally erased it or left it off. My bad, I put it back.

    • Stacey says

      Thank you Kelly, I love sunbutter too. I love your site, it is one of my very favorites! Your desserts are crazy good! I always get requests for the recipe when I make your desserts, so I email them the link to your recipe. Sometimes I want to make something different but, I don’t want to experiment with new recipes on my guests. That is what my family is for, lol. And your recipes are consistently yummy! Thank you so very much for including me on the PaleoDesserts facebook page! It has been a great boost for my site.


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