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mini sunflower butter cookies

M had her first splash day at summer camp yesterday.

She was so excited she started dancing & singing with her sunscreen…

(Yes… I know she’s a little pale ;))

I thought it would be fun to send her to school with a special treat for her class.

Since her school is peanut-free (not nut-free) and no one in her class had allergies, I made some mini sunflower butter cookies.

Complete with little chocolate covered sunflower seeds on top.

Cute! Cute! Cute!

All you do is take your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

I also used whole-wheat pastry flour 🙂

These cookies were perfect for little hands!

Recipe idea inspired by Eat Live Run

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup creamy sunflower seed butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking, soda, and salt in medium bowl.

With mixer on medium high speed, beat butter and both sugars for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla. Beat until smooth. (Be sure to scrape down the sides.) Add peanut butter and beat until creamy.

Slowly add flour mixture to creamy mixture. At low speed beat until just combined.

Drop by small teaspoonful onto baking sheet (sprayed w/ non-stick cooking spray). Make sure cookies are 1 inch apart. Flatten each ball slightly with your finger tips. Arrange chocolate covered sunflower seeds onto each cookie. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are slightly golden. Let set on baking sheet for 3 minutes then transfer to cooling rack to cool.

Enjoy 🙂


 

19 Responses

  1. Maria said on June 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I love all the colors in these cookies! She is adorable:)

  2. Amanda said on June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    her hair is adorable but nothing takes the cake but her! 🙂 hope the pregnancy is going well!

  3. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thanks Maria 🙂

  4. Blog is the New Black said on June 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Awesome recipe!

  5. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I LOVE M’s braids 🙂 And I also love sunflower butter 🙂

  6. Jennifer said on June 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    M is adorable! And I am so impressed that you can get her to sit still to let you braid her hair. Hope you are feeling well. My daughter is starting preschool in the fall and I’m going to keep this recipe on hand when it’s my turn for class treats. (Her school is totally nut-free.) Thanks!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks for the sweet comment Jennifer 🙂 So far I’m feeling good! Let me know if you make the cookies 🙂

  7. Lisa said on June 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Those cookies look delish! And congrats on having a child who LIKES to put on sunscreen! 🙂

  8. Amy @ Nutrition By Nature said on June 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Those are absolutely adorable! My kids love chocolate covered sunflower seeds, this cookie is perfect! Great for a peanut free school snack, thank you! 🙂

  9. Granny Deb said on June 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hope that little cutie-pie has a ball !!

  10. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on June 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    So I’m assuming you are the favorite Mom now?? 🙂

  11. Marci said on June 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    i loved those cookies when jenna made them and yours are cute too! and what a cutie pie in that yellow bathing suit!

  12. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on June 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I have everything I need to make these and I REALLY need to! I think I’m gonna do it on Saturday morning – can’t wait!

  13. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Yay! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  14. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on June 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I can’t get over how cute M is in every photo! These cookies look delicious.

  15. Maureen said on June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    What a sweet little girl and those cookies are so cute.

    I love the swimsuit!

  16. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks Maureen! 🙂

  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said on June 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    i need to make these
    have seen jenna and then erica/itzy make them…and now you.

    i need them too!

  18. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on June 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The cookies look amazingly perfect! M is getting so big and cuter every day!