This week, my spam folder was kind.  No liver, for one thing.  No prunes, for another.  Instead, we get Sunflower Seed Cookies from South Dakota. Cookies are a good thing!  Prune cookies are a bad thing.  I’m guessing someone has made that recipe and… looks like I’m right.  Spiced Prune Cookies.  So not a good thing in my opinion.  That’s one of those things that shouldn’t exist.

Anyway, back to this week’s recipe. This recipe was a bit odd to me, there’s no eggs. I always think of eggs as the glue that keeps a recipe together, and the lack of eggs was just weird.

The recipe!

South Dakota Sunflower Seed Cookies

  • 1-1/2 cups margarine, softened
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cream sugar and butter or margarine. Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Then add coconut and sunflower seeds. Mix well.

Shape into one inch balls and bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 15 minutes or until delicately browned.

Makes 2 -3 dozen.

I had to try it out, of course. I do love sunflower seeds. The recipe didn’t say what kind of sunflower seeds to use and by that I mean should I use roasted or unroasted? I went with roasted because, well, they’re my favorite. I also ate the leftover seeds, which made it just perfect.

Once I put everything in the pan, it looked like this:

Sunflower Seed Cookie Dough

Sunflower Seed Cookie Dough

It doesn’t need to eggs to be glued together, so that was nice. I took a picture of the pan in the oven. It came out slightly tilted because I was leaning over to take it:

Baking Sunflower Seed Cookies

Baking Sunflower Seed Cookies

And once I pulled them out of the oven, they looked like this:

Sunflower Seed Cookies

Sunflower Seed Cookies

The recipe said it would make 2-3 dozen cookies. I got 5 dozen cookies out. Good thing both Fred and I thought they were delicious! He said they reminded him of pecan sandies, only with sunflower seeds and coconut. Then he asked me if they were healthy. I just laughed at him.