Crisp Sunflower Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch


5 dozen

Updated: Jun. 18, 2023
These crisp sunflower cookies are a delicious sweet and salty blend of wholesome ingredients. —Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas.
Crisp Sunflower Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup salted sunflower kernels


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, cream shortening, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well between each addition. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture, mixing just until flour is incorporated. Stir in oats, coconut and sunflower kernels.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Sunflower Cookies Tips

How do you store sunflower cookies?

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. If you want to keep your sunflower cookies longer, you can freeze them for up to 6 months.

Can you use unsalted sunflower kernels instead of salted in sunflower cookies?

Using unsalted sunflower kernels is a great way to reduce the sodium content—but the flavor may not be as robust. There are other ways to make these cookies your own. Omit the coconut if it’s not your thing, or replace it with extra oatmeal (to make them more like these oatmeal cookies). Try mixing in raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate or butterscotch chips, toffee bits, or nuts. You can also dip half of each cookie in melted dark or white chocolate.

Where can you find sunflower kernels?

You can find sunflower kernels in your grocer’s snack aisle, or near the nuts and dried fruits. Browse these fruit-forward cookie recipes for your next baking inspiration.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 98 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.