Sunny Seed Oatmeal Cookies

Ever had one of those days where you really wanted to bake something, but was out of one of the key ingredients, namely sugar?  That was me on Sunday. I started searching and came across an oatmeal cookie recipe that used only brown sugar. I thought I could tweak it a bit to incorporate my chocolate covered sunflower seeds, and this is how Sunny Seed Oatmeal Cookies were born.
These chewy cookies have a salty sweetness to them that makes your mouth long for more. 
Here's what you need: Oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, butter, egg, salt, baking powder and chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
Here's how you make them:
Start by mixing together the butter and brown sugar, then add in the egg and beat until creamy. 
Add in the oatmeal, flour, salt and baking powder, mixing to combine; then stir in the chocolate sunflower seeds. This dough tastes like heaven, by the way. But don't take my word for it. You simply must try it yourself. :-)
Drop the dough by tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. I used a silicone baking sheet for easier cleanup.(Note: these cookies spread out, so leave plenty of room)
Bake for 10 to 14 minutes at 375 degrees until golden around the edges. Leave on the cookie sheet for a minute then move to cooling rack. 

Sunny Seed Oatmeal Cookies 

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup candy-coated sunflower seeds

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine brown sugar and butter in mixing bowl until fluffy. Add the egg and beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add oatmeal, flour, salt and baking powder. Beat until well mixed. Stir in chocolate covered sunflower seeds by hand.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown on edges. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Store in airtight container to maintain freshness.
These cookies got the "thumbs up" from the cookie connoisseur in the family. This kid know his cookies. He wouldn't let me put out a bad recipe for y'all to see.

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31 comments:

  1. I have never seen chocolate covered sunflower seeds!!!! That is a fun ingredient!!!! Sometimes it's nice using just brown sugar! Great cookie and it looks to be well received!

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  2. You got me hooked at chocolate covered sunflower seeds!! Where did you get them or did you make them?? This is something I have to try out.

    Candice @www.lillythroughthevalley.blogspot.ca

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  3. Just wanted to let everyone know that I got the Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds at Trader Joe's. I have seen them before at Michael's and possibly Sprouts, but in different color combinations. They are delicious and addictive.

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  4. I was going to buy chocolate covered sumflower seeds the other day, and thought about baking with them but said "no.. That might turn out weird" and left it. Why? WHY did I not see this post before making the wrong decision!

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  5. These look so yummy! I'll definitely be picking some up at my next Trader Joe's shopping extravaganza :) I'd love for you to share with my readers if you get a chance. New follower! http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/08/taking-timeout-thursday-no44.html

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  6. Good job Mom! I love oatmeal cookies!

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  7. Lovely oatmeal cookies! I've never come across any chocolate covered sunflower seeds over here in France but this recipe is simply awesome! Bookmarking this recipe though. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day Nici. :)

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  8. what a great idea to use chocolate covered sunflower seeds! these are so pretty, and i bet tasty, too!

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  9. Oh Yum! These I've gotta try. I poked around your blog and am intrigued with the cottage cheese pancakes. They sound so bizarre that I'm sure they're heavenly. Maybe I'll make them for Labor Day breakfast. I'm following you back via Google Reader! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Nici, found your blog thru on of the link ups! This looks great! I am doing a no sugar diet for a couple of weeks but this is on my to-do list now! For a even healthier option I wonder if you could use succant or coconut sugar and whole wheat or spelt flour?? We just got a Trader Joe's a couple of weeks ago so I'll have to check them the chocolate coverd seeds out, they look like they are even colored with natural colors so that is great too! Thanks for the tasty recipe!

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  11. Mmmm. Candy coated sunflower seeds sound great..and even better in a cookie! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I'm giving it a thumbs up too and I haven't even made them yet! I love those sunflower seeds and never thought of putting them in cookies! Perfect for oatmeal ones!

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  13. Hi Nici,
    Those are awesome cookies! Hope you have a great holiday weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. Those are some rather pretty cookies!

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  15. So cute! I love the colorful seeds. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it at the Keep Calm & Link Up party - hope to see you again next week :)

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  16. Hi Nici,
    These look amazing.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  17. Oatmeal cookies are the best. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  18. Those look so good! I've never heard of chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Do you make them or buy them?

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  19. I wish we had a Trader Joe's near here ... Your cookies look and sound delish! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

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  20. These look delicious. And now I need to make a TJ's run to get some chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow!

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  21. Yummy! Great invention! Some of the best recipes happen when we have to make do.

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  22. Hey Nici,
    These cookies look so good. I love those chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  23. Fun combo of flavors. And colorful!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  24. What a cool idea! I never would have guessed from the picture those were chocolate covered sunflower seeds! Thanks so much for sharing this at Mom's Test Meal Mondays Nici!

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    1. Hey Nici! You are being featured this week at Mom's Test Meal Mondays! Come grab a button!!

      Have a great weekend!

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  25. These look soooo good! what a fun addition of the chocolate covered seeds, I'll have to try these! new follower of your blog :)

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  26. I'm cohosting "I Freakin' Did it" and chose your link up from last week as one of my favorites :) Head over to http://jugglingactmama.blogspot.com/2012/09/co-hosting-i-freakin-did-it-blog-hop.html to check it out, and find the link to grab the button :)
    Happy Friday!

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  27. Looks yummy! I've never seen chocolate covered sunflower seeds - I'll have to look for them!

    Just wanted to invite you to come link up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

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  28. Looks so good! And, he is too cute! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  29. Sweet and salty is always the way to go in cookies. Love the fun colors of the seeds!!!

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