Sunflower Sandies

Sunflower SandiesĀ are very sand-like, crumbly and rich. They’re like a combination of peanut butter cookies and snowball type cookies with sunflower seeds mixed in.They are very easy to make and a good way to use up sunflower seeds. They’re also a lot nicer looking then this picture makes them out to be!

sunflower sandies

Sunflower Sandies – Makes 12 Cookies

1/4 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 small pinch salt (optional)
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
7 tablespoons (a little less than half cup) quick oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a Silpat.

In a small bowl, stir together peanut butter, vegetable oil and vanilla extract until well combined; Add sugar and stir well.

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. Stir until well combined, then stir in sunflower seeds and oats.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. If dough seems a little too scraggly and sunflower seeds fall off all over the place, stir in a bit more peanut butter.

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Cookies hold together well after they’ve cooled.

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  1. says

    Those look so good! Don’t you just love Mexican vanilla? I lived in El Paso, Tx for a few years and got addicted to the stuff. I have a huge bottle of it and use it quite often. It makes the best homemade vanilla ice cream. Great to make vanilla Cokes too! I use it in baking only when I want to darker, richer vanilla flavor. I used to go across the border to one of the mercados in Juarez and only pay $3 a bottle.By the way, have you ever made Mexican wedding cookies? Do you know a good recipe for them? I love them but have yet to find a recipe I like.

  2. Anna says

    Brenda, I do like Mexican vanilla. The thing about La Vencedora is it is very mild. The flavor is good, but you have to use a little more of it in some things. I have a bunch of Mexican Wedding cookie recipes. My favorite is this cookie from Recipezaar. Mexican Wedding Cookie Link

  3. Anna says

    Hi A,I emailed you a list.Maybe part of my new format should be better categorization of recipes. Right now, they are all over the place. That seems to be an advantage of TypePad.

  4. says

    Hi Anna – I’m sending a couple of teenage boys and their Dad into the woods for two weeks of four wheeling and other guy-toying. Any suggestions from your archives for cookies that would travel and keep well and appeal to ten guys ages 10 to 70 who are eating well (my brother-in-law is hauling 50 pounds of Gulf shrimp to Iowa) but showering irregularly?

  5. Anonymous says

    Hi AnnaI made these cookies today. I used almonds because that’s what I had, and I added pieces of the wonderful dark brick chocolate from whole foods. Quite delicious!

  6. Anna says

    Hi Anonymous,I am so glad the worked out for you. It’s also good to know that the chocolate bits worked.

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