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Super Simple Sunbutter Cookies

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Category: Cookies
Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara

Super Simple Sunbutter Cookies

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1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sunflower seed butter
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour (see below for wheat/gluten-free option)


Preheat oven to 350 °F (325 °F for convection bake)

Beat margarine until soft. Add white and brown sugar and cream together well. Add applesauce, vanilla and sunflower seed butter and mix well. Add salt and soda. Add flour in thirds, mixing well after each addition.

Form dough into balls abut the size of a golf ball. Place on parchment lined sheets. Using a fork dipped in flour, press each cookie with an X to flatten slightly. These will still spread, so make sure there is enough room between your cookies.

Bake for 12 minutes or until starting to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pans for 2-3 minutes before moving to racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container.


This makes big chewy cookies. Nobody could tell they weren't real peanut butter cookies or that they were egg free. When I make them gluten-free, no one can tell either.

If you really want to get decadent, melt some safe chocolate chips and spread that on top of the cookies. Yum!


For gluten-free, I use an equal amount of Kathy P's Brown Rice Flour Mix.

Mom2Rora made these wheat and gluten-free:

I used 1/2 cup buckwheat flour, 1/2 cup potato starch, and 1/2 cup tapioca starch and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. I baked them a bit longer (3-5 mins extra) but that may be a weird oven or something, rather than gluten-free. I did one batch extra crispy and one rather chewy, and both turned out great. They even have a great texture 24 hours later, which I can't say too often about my gluten-free baked goods.

Commercially available sunflower seed butter may contain soy. If avoiding soy, you can make your own Sunflower Seed Butter using safe sunflower seed kernels.

Butter and Margarine: Butter is a dairy product made from cow’s milk. Margarine typically contains milk or soy, but there are milk-free and soy-free versions available.

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.

Peanut Substitutions: There are many peanut-free products available in the US. Find out more about peanut substitutions.

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Use Kathy P's Brown Rice Flour Mix to make them gluten/wheat free -

mary abraham 9/17/2017 3:59:16 PM

The sunbutter cookies were so simple to make and so delicious. My grandson has allergies and I found your recipe as simple. We'll be baking all fall and gifting cookies. Thank you.

Kathy P - KFA Admin 9/27/2017 4:35:07 PM

That's awesome that you and your grandson are baking together to make gifts! What a sweet memory to create! I'm glad the Sunbutter cookies allow you to bake together while keeping him safe.

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