Flourless Sunflower Cookies

Note:
I’ve been craving peanut butter cookies but find that peanut butter can make my tummy funky (“darn GORD”).  BUT I found a fantastically yum spread by Eskal called ‘FreeNut Butter’ which is made with sunflower seeds (plus a lot of sugar). I’m not usually one to dabble in sugary goodnesses (well, we all have our moments) but this recipe is just so easy and yum that I had to make it and then pass it on to you, dear reader! This recipe makes 10 to 12 cookies.

Ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 egg

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. Cream the FreeNut Butter and sugar in a bowl by stirring quickly.
3. Beat in the baking powder.
4. Add the egg. Mix until it is all well combined.
5. The dough will be sticky, so be prepared to get your hands messy. Roll some dough into a ball, I used about 1 teaspoon of dough as the smaller the cookies, the better they hold together.
6. Roll the ball into white sugar (optional). Line a baking tray with baking paper (or ensure it’s well greased with dairy-free margarine) and place dough balls on tray. Use a fork (dipped in hot water first) to press down balls.
7. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. You will know the cookies are done when they feel cooked but still a bit soft (don’t wait for them to totally harden).
8. Take the tray out of the oven and let the cookies rest for at least 5 minutes on the tray.
9. Carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack. After ten minutes or so, they will have hardened and be ready to eat with a nice cup of tea.

Kudos:
Many thanks to Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef for the recipe I adapted — http://glutenfreegirl.com/yum-yum-peanut-butter/

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4 Comments on “Flourless Sunflower Cookies”

  1. December 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

    Hi Kirsty! These cookies look delicious but the amount of sugar looks like a lot to me. Aren’t they too sweet? Do you think their texture would be affected if it was reduced? Thanks!

    • January 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM #

      Hi Delia. Thanks for your comment. I find that sunflower spread isn’t as sweet as peanut butter so I added the extra sugar (was also feeding a whole group of sweet tooths) but you could halve the amount of sugar and it’d still be delicious. Let me know how you go :-)

  2. January 5, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

    Thank you Kirsty. I will as soon as I make them -it may take a while, though, after so many Christmas sweets ;) I plan to use peanut butter, which I have at home, instead of the sunflower spread, I’ll surely let you know how it goes.

    By the way, Happy 2012! And a wonderful life in your new home! Looks lovely, you’re very lucky to have a garden to grow your own things :)

    • January 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM #

      Thanks, Delia! Yes let me know how you go with peanut butter. We are very lucky to have such a big garden, we’ve only just moved in so there is a lot of work and planting to do but a wonderful gardening journey to take. Happy 2012 to you too :-)

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