Sunflower Seed Buckeyes

It’s my favorite cookie and sweets baking time of the year, as most of you know, and I’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining this holiday season. I truly feel no holiday party is complete without a beautiful display of Christmas cookies and this year is no different!

The peppermint brownies I posted last have been a hit and I’ve made them a few times since then and I promise if you make a cookie tray with those peppermint brownies and these sunflower seed buckeyes it’s guaranteed you’ll get lots of holiday party invites next year!

I grew up loving the whole peanut butter chocolate combination however with the allergies with my clients I always want delicious recipes for them I can prepare without peanut butter. I was craving that salty sweet chocolate mixture. Welcome in Sunflower Seed Buckeyes. I had to make two batches of these just in the past week because everyone ate entire first batch in two days. Yep.

So, make these little balls of yumminess. You’ll bite into the salty slightly crunchy slightly creamy center and finish with a nice coating of chocolate on the outside. A happy little bite of Christmas goodness. And, like everything else, these babies are also formulated to be free of any of the top-8 food allergens so you can make them gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free and they are still darn delicious.


Merry Cookie Christmas!

xo, Kendra

Sunflower Seed Buckeyes

Note-The Allergy Free Version of This Recipe Originally Created for Enjoy Life Foods
  • 3/4 c. creamy sunflower seed butter
  • 6 T.  unsalted butter, softened*
  • 1 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 c. crushed gluten free graham cracker crumbs**
  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels)
  • 1 T. flavorless oil such as sunflower or safflower
  • flaky sea salt, for topping


  1. Add the sunflower seed butter, unsalted butter, powdered sugar and crushed graham cracker crumbs to the bowl of a food processor. Add a little sprinkle of salt if you like (I do!) and turn the machine on.
  2. Let it run until your mixture is well mixed. Likely it will form a large ball that will begin to roll around the food processor. Note, if the mixture is too sticky then add a few more crushed graham cracker crumbs. If it is too dry and crumbly then add a little more sunflower seed butter.
  3. Scoop out into heaping tablespoon balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Roll into smooth balls and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and oil either in the microwave at 30 second intervals or on the stove in a double boiler until smooth.
  5. Remove the sunflower seed butter balls from the freezer and one by one coat in the chocolate mixture, placing back on the parchment paper and sprinkling flaky sea salt on top. Place in the refrigerator to completely harden and then place in an airtight bag or container. They’ll keep about a week in the refrigerator, about a month in the freezer.

*To make dairy free: Use a vegan, allergy friendly margarine.

**I like to use the Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Graham Cookies for this!