Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SunButter Cookie Candy

Sunbutter cookie candies

Here's another peanut-free treat for my peanut-free son. I took Paula Deen's recipe for Georgia Cookie Candy and replaced the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. On a previous post, I mentioned how delighted I was when I discovered SunButter at my local grocery store. I recently found it at my neighborhood Target store as well. This is truly a perfect alternative to peanut butter and unlike other products I've used, Sunbutter is made in a peanut-free facility. If you don't have any nut allergies, you might want to experiment and try this recipe with almond butter or cashew butter (Clotilde from Chocolate and Zucchini has a quick and easy recipe for cashew butter that's worth trying).

I made a few adjustments to the original recipe. I actually prefer using whole graham crackers and breaking them into little pieces rather than using graham cracker crumbs. I also added sunflower seeds into the melted chocolate to give it an interesting texture. Have fun with this recipe. Instead of graham crackers, why not try some cookies or dry cereal, maybe add some dried fruit, mini marshmallows or chocolate chips.

These candies are so incredibly easy to make. I can whip these up quickly and keep them in the fridge for whenever I need a sweet treat for my son (and for me too). You can also cut them into bite-size pieces and place them in a beautiful candy box for a nice homemade gift to give someone.

Sunflower seeds
Roasted sunflower seeds

SunButter Cookie Candy
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen's Georgia Cookie Candy
Allergy note: contains dairy* and wheat ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or allowed margarine, softened*
1 cup SunButter sunflower seed butter
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 cups graham crackers pieces
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips*

For vegan alternative: Instead of regular chocolate chips, use Enjoy Life brand or Chocolate Dream chocoalte baking chips. Instead of butter or allowed margarine, you can also use Sprectrum organics coconut oil or shortnening (melted)

Line a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan with foil. Set aside.

Using the paddle attachment in a stand mixer, combine the butter, SunButter, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, confectioner's sugar, graham cracker pieces and salt into a mixing bowl. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can mix it by hand. Mix until the mixture forms a ball. Press into the foil-lined pan using your hands or a spatula.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water or in a microwave-safe glass dish in the microwave for 1 minute on high (100%). Stir. If the chocolate has not completely melted, microwave for 10 seconds more, then stir. Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds. Spread evenly over the cookie layer with a spatula. Chill for several hours.
When ready to serve, allow the candy to come to room temperature before cutting into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Please note: I am not a paid endorser nor did I accept any freebies of the brands or products mentioned in this post.  I just love them and wanted to share them with you :-)

13 comments:

Elyse said...

These look delicious. I love the idea of the SunButter! I can't wait to try these out. I'm sure your son just loved them!!

A Little Sugar said...

Have you heard of the recent studies done (they did a segment on it on Good Morning America the other day) where they experimented with giving kids small amounts of peanuts a day to increase their tolerance. It was a very interesting segment and more interestingly, it WORKED. Some kids were able to eat up to 12 peanuts a day without any reactions after a short time of the therapy. Check it out on the GMA website.
These look delicious...even for those of us without allergies! Thanks for the recipe! :)

Marguerite said...

What a great idea, and congratulations on your pregnancy!

Kristin said...

Great idea... found you via a David Lebovitz link on FB. My daughter is also severely nut allergic and sunbutter is so wonderful to have as an alternative! I have made all sorts of things with it and have never been disappointed. We do chocolate covered sunbutter easter eggs that rock!

Art of Dessert said...

Hi Kristin! Sunbutter easter eggs sounds fantastic! I gotta try that soon.
Thanks for sharing :-)

Kristin said...

Yes... we do a sunbutter filling with lots of powdered sugar and stir in some rice krispies (my grandmother's recipe), shape into egg forms, refrigerate, and dip in chocolate. I'd never know the difference!

Ingrid said...

Yum, I have some barney butter (almond) that I wanted to try in a dessert instead of just on bread. This is perfect...thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

Btw, thanks for the info on the cake challenge. I don't watch TV so I wouldn't of known but I'm going to try and watch.

Art of Dessert said...

You're welcome Ingrid :-) The Food Network was kind enough to share the press release with me.

Sophie said...

This is a gorgeous treat, I haven't seen this recipe of paula's before--very unique :).

Michlips0802 said...

This recipe looks great!! I am new to this site, as well as peanut/tree nut allergies:(, so I ahve been having sserious bouts of PB/nut withdrawels! I found Sunbutter at my supermarket, and I was sooo excited...leary but excited. I tried it out this morning with my Epi-Pen in hand, and so far so good. And the taste...WOW! I can definitely eat this without missing PB anymore! Anyone ave any other suggestins for sweet treats, or savory ones for that matter...like perhaps a Thai dish? Is it a 1:1 substitution with PB?? Thanks, and Happy Holidays/Springtime!!:)

Anonymous said...

This recipe looks great!! I am new to this site, as well as peanut/tree nut allergies:(, so I ahve been having sserious bouts of PB/nut withdrawels! I found Sunbutter at my supermarket, and I was sooo excited...leary but excited. I tried it out this morning with my Epi-Pen in hand, and so far so good. And the taste...WOW! I can definitely eat this without missing PB anymore! Anyone ave any other suggestins for sweet treats, or savory ones for that matter...like perhaps a Thai dish? Is it a 1:1 substitution with PB?? Thanks, and Happy Holidays/Springtime!!:)

SouthLakesMom said...

Be careful of chocolate chips -- Tollhouse carries a "shared equipment" warning. We've had to switch to Hershey.

And for those new to Sun Butter - their website has good info for using it as a substitute in baking.

BELLArt said...

Yum! these look delicious. sunbutter sounds like a great alternative, can't wait to try these out!

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