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Week 16: Sunflower Seed Oatmeal Cookies (Kansas)

While Kansas doesn't have an official state dessert, it does have a state flower. The sunflower!

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite dessert from Kansas, as well as interesting facts about the state! I love hearing about them! You can vote for next week's dessert (Kentucky) here!




I've been craving cookies for the past month but never had the perfect opportunity to bake them. So when I found out that this week would be a dessert from the sunflower state, I immediately thought that sunflower seeds would add a perfect crunch to an oatmeal cookie. It's just like a nut! I found that toasting the sunflower seeds helps create a crunchier texture to the nut.

You can customize the oatmeal cookies with add-ins. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, shredded coconut, and extra nuts are all great options. I also like to add a teaspoon of orange zest so that there is a balance of sweetness.

What I love about this recipe is that the cookie dough can be made without a mixer. Just a bowl and a spatula! The brown butter adds a lot of depth to the flavor, and I definitely recommend using this technique. Though browning your butter may seem intimidating, it's actually quite simple. Just keep stirring your butter until it turns a dark brown. Note that the color shouldn't be dark brown and burning. Think maple syrup. You have to watch your butter like a hawk! One second the butter will be yellow, and the next, it could be burning. Once you finish making the browned butter, cool it. This way you won't cook your eggs while adding them in. No one likes scrambled eggs in cookies! :)

Fun fact: if you wait a few hours, your cookies will likely turn green inside. Don't worry; it's not some weird mold growing in your cookies. It's completely safe to eat. What's happening is that the chlorogenic acid from the sunflower seeds reacts to the baking soda. Later once the cookies are cooled, they'll begin their green transformation.


|Level:👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 45 minutes|Serves: 20 cookies|



  • 1 cup brown butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour

  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds


  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a spatula. Chill the mixture for 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With an ice cream scoop, drop cookie dough onto the baking sheet. Press down the cookies gently, and bake for 15 minutes. Serve!


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳


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