Sunbutter Cookies

Will Sunbutter cookies be the new peanut butter cookie on all the cookie trays? This recipe just might convince you with either the regular version OR the Paleo version.

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A blue rimmed plate with two types of sunbutter cookies on it.

Move Over Peanut Butter

The peanut butter cookie has a look that you can recognize immediately – the cross hatch marks made with a fork. Well, move over peanut butter because we’re copying your look and making Sunbutter Cookies today! These are easy to make and there are TWO different versions you can follow – a more traditional cookie and a paleo-friendly version for those trying to avoid refined sugars and grains like wheat.

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What is Sunbutter?

Sunbutter is a delicious alternative to other butters made from sunflower seeds. Because it’s made of seeds, it is not a nut butter at all. That makes it a great option to those prone to allergies – peanuts and tree nuts being two main allergens. But it also happens to be free of wheat, soy, dairy, eggs and shellfish – which are almost all the top allergens. It’s even safe for dogs to eat! Sunbutter is full of protein and has more minerals and vitamins than nut butters. It’s a good food and makes a mean sunbutter cookie!

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Ingredients for sunbutter cookies on a wooden table.

Paleo-friendly Cookies

I have offered two different versions to this cookie and it needs to be said that the result is not exactly the same. You can even see that they are different in the photo below. The regular sunbutter cookies are a little more crisp, while the paleo version is more chewy. The traditional recipe uses all the ingredients you would expect to see in a cookie recipe – butter, sugar, flour, baking soda and spices. The paleo version of this recipe calls for a few ingredient changes, however. Instead of flour and sugar, we use coconut flour and coconut sugar, along with a little maple syrup. These are common paleo substitutes that help you avoid grains and refined sugars. Both coconut flour and sugar are used in moderation here and as a result, the cookie dough is quite wet. You’ll notice this when you roll the dough into balls.  When the cookie bakes you’ll get a nice chewy result that will make any cookie connoisseur happy.

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Sunbutter cookies on a cooling rack.

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Regular Sunbutter Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:
    24
    cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup natural sunbutter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar and white sugar together with an electric mixture until fluffy. Add the sunbutter, egg and vanilla and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, folding together until just combined.
  3. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough at a time into balls and place them on a baking sheet 2-inches apart. Flatten the balls slightly with a fork making a crisscross pattern on top. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven.
  4. Bake in the center of the oven at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooking rack.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Paleo Sunbutter Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:
    24
    cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural sunbutter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream the sunbutter and coconut sugar together. Add the maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine. In a small bowl combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the sunbutter mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough at a time into balls and place them on a baking sheet 2-inches apart. Flatten the balls slightly with a fork making a crisscross pattern on top. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven.
  4. Bake in the center of the oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooking rack.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
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