Something I almost never do…

I try very hard to make sure that the majority of the ingredients I use on this blog can be found, all be it with maybe a little research, by most everyone(well in the States and Canada). However, when I finally broke down and bought the chocolate covered sunflower seeds at Trader Joe’s I knew I would be making something with them.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, then I am sorry. It really is one of my favorite places to shop for food. What used to just be the place where hippies shopped for their Vegetarian and Organic foods, the Yuppies of today have joined right in. And what is even better is that Joe’s carries high quality foods for much cheaper prices. They have great cheeses, carry Plugra butter for a decent price, my organic milk and my most favorite trail mix, the Temptation Mix. No I am not doing a commercial for them, nor are they paying me to do so, I just love them so.
I passed those chocolate sunflower seeds a dozen times, choosing not to buy them because I did not want to be addicted to yet another product of theirs. But when my parents were here, my mother and I went off to Trader Joe’s for her to stock up…she does not have one anywhere close to her. There they were, and well, my mom was buying, so into the cart they went. The minute they went into my mouth I wanted to make them into a cookie, and that is what I did.

Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp ground sea salt
1 ½ cups chocolate covered sunflower seeds, unsalted(see note)

Preheat oven to 375F.
Cream together butter and sugars, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time and scrape down bowl after each addition.
Add vanilla and beat for 30 seconds.
In a separate bowl, combine and sift together flour, baking soda and sea salt.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix on low until fully incorporated.
Stir in chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
Form into 1-inch balls and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
Let cool for 2 minutes on pan and then move to wire rack.
Makes about 38 cookies.

Note: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds were purchased at Trader Joe’s. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s than you can substitute ¾ cup unsalted sunflower seeds and ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.


  1. those are SO cute!!! i wish we had a TJ’s here!

  2. i love the idea of using these in cookies! for those in NYC, they’re also available at whole foods and at some of you larger deli/salad bar places (e.g., the one on 7th ave between 31st and 30th, for those who are interested).

    not that either of these places will ever replace TJs.

  3. Oh my, I wish we had a Trader Joe’s around here….those cookies look absolutely delicious!

  4. Borders book stores sell chocolate covered sunflower seeds. The brand that they have is from the Sunflower Food & Spice Company, which has a website where you can buy them:

  5. You said it perfectly.. not wanting to buy another item from TJ’s to get addicted to. Holy crap if that’s not the truth I don’t know what is.

    Hubbs and I went 2 times when TJ’s started to be the talk of the blogs and we didn’t care for it and couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. I don’t know what made us go a 3rd time – but it was the charm. We spent over an hour in there and just grabbed stuff to try – things we wouldn’t have bought at another store.. 98% of everything we purchased was delicious!

    Now we go once a month and stock up on all the TJ items we just can’t live without now.. heee! I too have wanted to try these sunflower seeds but haven’t – for the same exact reason why you hadn’t. har! Damn, guess I’m putting them on the list for next month’s visit! :D

    PS – I think you should email me a list of the stuff you are addicted to so I can check them out too. :P


  6. They have chocolate covered sunflower seeds all over Kansas. We are the sunflower state so they sell them at most gift shops and I’ve even seen them in the grocery store. So, if you happen to be near Kansas and wanting to try this cute cookie…

  7. Would you advise me where you purchased your choc. ocvered sunflower seeds, and if in bulk? Thank you.

  8. Allison says:

    I just bought chocolate covered sunflower seeds today after I was inspired by this blog at 3 o’clock this morning. I’m making the cookies as we speak so we’ll see how it goes!

  9. You can now buy the online!!!!

  10. Wow – will have to try the cookies!! You can buy these chocolate covered sunflower seeds at Cracker Barrel (they are everywhere… right??) I am so addicted to them!! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. came across this blog when i was looking up how many ounces were in a box that i received from my mom of chocolate covered sunflower seeds… i have always been opposed to trying them… but wow i’m so happy i tried them… they’re FANTASTIC and these cookies above look AMAZING and i’m totally going to try to make them!

  12. You can get these online by the lb. I found your blog while looking for these little guys for my wedding favors. Your cookies will be a part of my desert bar, and I wanted to thank you for the recipe! I know I buy the tubes of sunny seed drops for treats during the holidays at a local Italian deli. Here’s the link to the web sites! Hope this helps your readers!

  13. TJ Maxx has chocolate covered sunflower seeds most of the time. Please, leave a box for me though.


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