Sunflower Seed Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I listen to NPR. A lot. It’s set on our clock radio and once we’re up, we put it on our main stereo system and listen as we get ready for the day. I listen to it as I drive to work. If a British reporter contributes to Morning Edition, I panic a little and think I’m late for work because I know the BBC Newshour starts at 9 am and I should be at work by then. On Saturdays we listen to Car Talk and then Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. On Sunday mornings I look forward to This American Life and The Acoustic Cafe.

When food is mentioned on NPR, I get really excited because it’s my favorite things coming together. Don’t even get me started on how much I love it when Nigella is interviewed for different holidays.

I heard about these flourless cookies on NPR and decided to try my first NPR recipe. The original recipe calls for almond butter, but I subbed in my newly acquired sunflower seed butter that I picked up from Trader Joe’s. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but the jar is now almost empty. I’ve been spreading it on toast, dipping apple slices in it and then I made these cookies with it. The distinct flavor of roasted sunflower seeds comes through.

If you like, you can use peanut butter or almond butter in these and add in your favorite nut. I had roasted almonds leftover from my jam thumbprint cookies and basically chopped each almond in half. The chunky almond pieces along with my favorite Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate chips made for delicious mix-ins.

This cookie is not soft and cake-like, but has a crispy exterior with a bit of chew in the middle. I loved everything about it. I usually like to withhold secret recipe ingredients and let the food speak for itself when sharing, but you may want to introduce them as flourless seed butter cookies. They look like typical chocolate chip cookies and then you step in that dangerous zone where people are comparing them to their favorite chocolate chip cookies or heaven forbid, their mom’s. They are another delicious animal.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Sunflower Seed Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from NPR, makes about 24 cookies

1 C. sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter)

1/2 C. dark brown sugar

1/2 C. granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 t. baking soda

2 T. pure maple syrup

1 t. vanilla

pinch of sea salt

1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 C. toasted unsalted almonds, chopped coarse

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Β Prepare two cookies sheets with silpats or parchment paper.

2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) mix together the seed butter and both sugars on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg, baking soda, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and mix until incorporated.

3. With a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips and chopped almonds.

4. Using a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon, scoop out walnut-sized amounts of dough and roll between your hands to form a ball. Place on prepared cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. When cooled completely, store in an airtight container. Cookies are best enjoyed the first two days.

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  1. It’s funny, a serious craving for home baked cookies came over me yesterday afternoon, and this may have just pushed me over the edge. I’m off to raid the cupboard and bake some cookies now!

  2. Sunflower seed butter sounds amazing! When I first moved to Vancouver there used to be a stall at the farmers market that sold peanut butter mixed with sunflower seeds and I loved it. I think I’ll have to cross the border for a Trader Joe’s visit soon as these cookies sound lovely. And of course, I’ll be listening to our NPR podcasts along the way.

  3. I always listen to NPR in the car too. Those ghiradelli chips are my fave and these cookies sound great! I am a firm believer that you can never have too many variations on a chocolate chip cookie.

  4. I can’t even tell you how much I love you for this one. I’m off wheat right now. OFF WHEAT and it’s totally killing me. You know I love to bake! I am going to make these and I can’t wait!

    I sent the recipe out to other friends as well πŸ™‚

    Oh, and NPR recipes are great! I haven’t been burned yet…… Do you do podcasts too? I’m addicted. They are especially handy when Maeve falls asleep in the car and I’m trapped. I never feel trapped listening to Radiolab and Wiretap πŸ™‚ xo

    • Robin – I’m so happy to hear that this recipe comes at a good time for you! I hope you love them! I used to do the podcasts more often, but I’ve settled into my current NPR routine. I can imagine it’s great for getting trapped πŸ™‚ I enjoy Radiolab, too, and need to check out Wiretap!

      Kasey – I can’t even tell you how much your comment means to me! Your writing captivates me and I have a high regard for your opinion. Thank you so much! I know what you mean about NPR being relaxing. Maybe it’s the calm way they deliver the news πŸ™‚

  5. NPR is one of the few things that makes my morning commute pleasant. It’s weird, but drinking my coffee, sitting in traffic, and listening to NPR has become my ‘relaxed’ time. I must say, Nicole, I have been really, really enjoying your writing lately. I mean, I’ve always enjoyed it, but I just feel like your stories and structure just keep getting better and better. Those cookies sound so good, too! xo

  6. Lovely cookies! Lovely post! And, NPR is always perfect. It’s a staple around here. I think I’ll make these cookies to fill my empty cookie jar this weekend!

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