These SunButter cookies are so easy to make, soft, and thick. They are gooey in the middle and have melted dark chocolate chips throughout. These gluten free sunflower seed butter cookies are such a delicious dessert!

Sunbutter cookies with dark chocolate chips

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These SunButter cookies are made with only a handful of ingredients.
  • They are soft, thick and so tasty.
  • SunButter is a great nut free alternative to peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter.
  • No dough chilled required.
  • These cookies are made in only one mixing bowl.
  • This recipe is flourless, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, oil free, and butter free.
  • Check out these similar Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Ingredients & Substitutions

SunButter is creamy, runny, and thin. It acts as the base of these cookies. It is a great nut free spread! SunButter is sold in most grocery stores, large retailers, and on Amazon. For a version with nuts, this can be replaced with creamy almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter.

Light brown sugar adds the sweetness. For a Paleo option, coconut sugar can be used. Coconut sugar may yield a more gritty texture.

SunButter cookies

The egg helps bind the dough together. For a Vegan option, replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I have not tried this specific recipe using applesauce, but many of my Vegan cookies use it without an issue.

A little vanilla extract adds the classic cookie flavor.

Only a half teaspoon is used in this recipe. When SunButter reacts with baking soda, it turns green. If you want green cookies, use 1 teaspoon baking soda. I only used 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and did not have green SunButter cookies.

Dark chocolate chips add a rich and delicious chocolate flavor! I use Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips to keep this recipe dairy free. Feel free to use your favorite brand of chocolate chips.

What is SunButter?

SunButter is a brand that makes sunflower seed butter. This seed butter is very similar in look, consistency and texture to creamy peanut butter or almond butter. Its texture is thin and runny.

SunButter is known for being a great nut free alternative for those with nut allergies. In addition, it is commonly used in schools to avoid nut allergy cross contamination.

Sunflower seeds are high in healthy protein, fiber, and iron. In addition, sunflower seeds contain vitamin E which aids in anti-inflammation.

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Taste & Texture

These SunButter cookies have a very similar taste to almond butter cookies. They have the slightly nutty flavor (despite being nut free) that many almond butter cookies have. Additionally, the dark chocolate chips add a strong flavor!

These sunflower butter cookies are thick and soft. They do not really get crispy in the oven unless over baked. These cookies are fragile when they first come out of the oven. They firm up as they cool, but never get crispy.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

Stir jar of SunButter before measuring. Then, add SunButter and brown sugar to a mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix until combined.

Sunflower butter cookie dough in bowl

Step 3

Add in egg, vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir to combine.

Healthy cookie dough in bowl

Step 4

Fold in dark chocolate chips.

Chocolate chip nut free cookies in bowl

Step 5

Use ice cream scoop or cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto lined pan. Space at least 2 inches apart.

Raw sunflower cookies on pan

Step 6

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are just set in the middle.

SunButter cookies with chocolate chips

Step 7

Finally, remove from oven. Cool cookies on pan for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Then, carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Stir SunButter before use. The oil naturally separates in the jar.

Tightly pack light brown sugar while measuring.

Scoop equally sized balls of dough. This ensures even baking.

Bake until cookies are just set in the middle. They will firm up a little bit while cooling.

Once cookies come out of the oven, handle carefully! Allow them to cool on the pan for 10 minutes. This will allow them to maintain their shape and firm up.

Gooey flourless cookies

How to Serve & Store

Serve SunButter cookies once they are cool enough to handle. They are delicious with a cold glass of almond milk!

Store cookies covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or, store in the fridge for up to a week.

Freeze cookies if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did my cookies turn green?

When SunButter reacts with baking soda, it can turn green. If this happens, these cookies are still safe to eat! The taste will remain unchanged.

Can you substitute SunButter for peanut butter in cookies?

If a recipe calls for natural creamy peanut butter, then yes, SunButter can be used.

Is SunButter healthy?

Yes, SunButter is healthy.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Sure! Freeze for up to 1 month.

SunButter cookies with sea salt

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Sunbutter cookies with dark chocolate chips

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These homemade SunButter Cookies are easy to make and so delicious! They are made with only a handful of healthy ingredients. These sunflower butter cookies are a great nut free and gluten free dessert!
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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Stir jar of SunButter before measuring. Add SunButter and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix until combined.
  • Once combined, add in egg, vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • Fold in dark chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto lined baking pan. Place at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are just set in the middle.
  • Remove from oven. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Cool on pan for 10 minutes. Then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Stir SunButter before using.  The oil separation inside the jar is natural.
  • Tightly pack light brown sugar.
  • Coconut sugar can be used instead but yields a slightly more gritty texture.  Dark brown sugar can also be used but will make these cookies much darker in color.
  • The cookie dough should be easily scoop-able and not sticky.
  • Use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop to scoop equal sized balls of dough.
  • Bake until middles of cookies are just barely set.  
  • After baking, handle carefully.  These cookies are fragile and will firm up as they cool.
  • Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Calories: 242kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 65mg, Potassium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 32IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1mg

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