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Oatmeal Scotchies with Sunflower Seeds

by on December 10, 2007 · 14 comments

This cookie is a twist on the famous “oatmeal scotchie” recipe. Adding sunflower seeds was such a great idea!

The cookies were medium thickness, very sturdy, and extremely flavorful. As for the seeds, I had some roasted salted kernels so I used those and did not make any adjustments to the original amount of salt.


oatmeal scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies with Sunflower Seeds

3/4 cup all purpose flour (92 grams)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2.5 ml)
1/2 teaspoon salt (2.5 ml)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (114 grams)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (98 g)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed (98 g)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (5 ml)
1 1/2 cups oats (126 g)
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels (60 g) – I used salted
3/4 cup butterscotch chips (126 g)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (180 degrees C).

Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter and both sugars using high speed of an electric mixer, scraping sides of bowl often. Add egg and vanilla and beat for 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and stir until absorbed, then stir in oats, sunflower seeds and butterscotch chips.

Drop by generously rounded teaspoonfuls (3/4 inch mound) onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten tops slightly and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown around edges.

Makes about 3 dozen

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Published on December 10, 2007

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Ernst December 10, 2007 at 10:26 am

Hi Anna, this looks really interesting with the addition of sunflower seeds. I think I would like the crunch and saltiness of the roasted ones. I’m not a fan of butterscotch chips, though. Do you think chocolate chips would work with the seeds?

Anna December 10, 2007 at 10:28 am

Hi Lisa,

I’m not sure chocolate chips would be very good here. You could try it and let us know ;).

Kathy December 10, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Those sound interesting. I’m not into sunflower seeds though; can you make them with other nuts?

Oh, BTW, I make the “Chunky Chocolate Gobs” yesterday and they were fabs! I think I may rename them as “PMS Cookies”! :-)

JEP December 10, 2007 at 2:58 pm

I’m another butterscotch chip disliker…but I love sunflower seed kernals so I’m giving chocolate chips a try—thanks!

Lisa Ernst December 10, 2007 at 4:41 pm

I’m also trying the chocolate chip version, this Wednesday, and will report back!

Maureen December 10, 2007 at 4:41 pm


This is so weird. Scott and I stopped at a Toll House cookie shoppe today, just for 6 oatmeal scotchies! They are my all time favorite cookie. I’m curious about how they would taste with the sunflower seeds.

Debbi December 11, 2007 at 7:57 am

What will be the difference with 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter? I am going to make these this afternoon. The sunflower seed idea is AWESOME!! I have some kids here that are allergic to nuts so this is a super alternative for them!

Anna December 11, 2007 at 8:08 am

Debbi, I think the shortening would make them a little bit thicker and possibly lighter and crispier around the edges.

Debbi December 11, 2007 at 12:05 pm

I made these this morning and they are super nummy. I didn’t get as much of the sunflower seed flavor as I would have thought. I think that I would prefer pecans but they are awesome for my kids who can’t have nuts yet. I made these with 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter and mine were pretty flat. Very light and crispy though. Yum.

Anna December 11, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Debbi, thanks for letting me know how the shortening worked. I thought maybe the shortening would make them a bit thicker, but I guess not. I didn’t find the sunflower flavor super strong either, but I liked the idea of using them….something different ;).

Lisa Ernst December 12, 2007 at 7:46 am

I made these cookies with chocolate chips instead of butterstotch and it works. The sunflower seeds are sublte in flavor so they don’t clash with the chocolate and they add a nice crunch.

Anna December 12, 2007 at 7:47 am

Hi Lisa,

That’s good to know. I love butterscotch, so it’s hard for me to imagine leaving the scotch out of scotchies, but I do like the idea of adding sunflower seeds. Glad they work with chocolate and add crunch.

Harry December 12, 2007 at 6:24 pm

maybe you can help me find a recipe…I believe it was a Southern Living dark chocolate mint cookie rolled ’round’ in sugar

easy to make and they turned out terrific, but haven’t been able to find it in a long time

Thanks for the help

MamaFeelgood March 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I made these tonight and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks for bringing them into my world.

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