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How to Make Muffins Using Crunchy Cookies

Learn how to make muffins from scratch and substitute Grace’s Best Cookies for granola for an extra sweet, crunchy flavor!

Freshly baked muffins straight out of the oven on a cool spring morning make for the perfect breakfast at home with your loved ones. We can practically taste them now!

How to Make Muffins from Scratch

While many of us our staying safe and working or learning from home, we’ve made it our mission to fill you up with tasty, creative baking recipes that hit the spot. We encourage you to support your favorite local bakery as much as you’re able, but we also have a fun recipe you can try at home to bake muffins from scratch! The best muffins come in all shapes and sizes and flavors: apple-nut, banana, buttermilk, honey, pumpkin, and so much more.

Here’s how to make muffins using our very own Grace’s Best Cookies.

With that extra special sweet crunch from the sunflower seeds, rolled oats and brown sugar, they’re a perfect substitute for granola:

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups of crushed Grace’s Best Cookies
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (or almond milk alternative)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

The Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease bottoms only of about 12 medium-sized muffin cups (or use paper cups)
  3. Beat egg; stir in milk and oil
  4. Stir in remaining dry ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter might appear lumpy)
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes or until they’re golden brown
  7. Remove from the pan right away
  8. Wait til they’re cooled off and enjoy for breakfast or an after-dinner sweet treat!

How did they turn out? Share your recipes with us on Facebook and Instagram!

Shop for cookies online! Grace’s Best Cookies come in 1 oz, 7 oz, and 12 oz packs. 

4 Fun Ways to Use Cookies for Fall Treats

Celebrate the season with fun fall treats!

We like to think that cookies contribute to more festive celebrations with family and friends. This fall season, sweeten things up with your favorite sunflower-seeds-and-rolled-oats combination of flavors. Find your favorite new fall snacking traditions!

Grace's Best Cookies

Fall Treats or Party Favors for Halloween

Looking to pass out extra special fall treats on Halloween for all of the trick-or-treaters? Grace’s Best provides a great, health-conscious alternative to candy! Whether you have littles in tow knocking on doors this Halloween or you’re serving up sweets at a school function, they also make great party favors! Pick up packs of the 1oz bags. Kids will love them and so will you!

Caramel Apples with Cookie Crumbles

A fall favorite with a crunchy twist! Caramel apples can be arranged in so many different ways. Instead of the classic caramel with peanuts, crumble up some Graces Best Cookies (yes, you have our permission!). Coat the caramel apple and enjoy a new take on the original recipe.

Graces Best S’mores

Bonfires, flannel and S’mores! Nothing screams fall more than a camping trip, even if it’s just in your back yard. Replace gram crackers with  Graces Best Cookies for a far more delectable snack! Dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate, roast your marshmallows and you’re set to enjoy the perfect fireside treat!

Holiday Pie Crust

The holidays are right around the corner! Get ready to dress up in your Thanksgiving best only to spend the afternoon in Grandma’s dining room. Bake your next pie to perfection using crushed up cookies as your gourmet crust.

Grace's Best Cookies Pie Crust

Fall treats make every season more fun. Find Grace’s Best Cookies in a store near you!

Celebrating in Wichita at the Spring Family Egg Hunt

We had a blast participating in the Wichita Moms Blog’s Spring Family Egg Hunt as a Swag Sponsor on April 6th!

At Grace’s Best Cookies, we value traditions and making sweet memories as a family.

This Easter season, we celebrated with the Wichita Moms Blog at their Annual Spring Family Egg Hunt! For the past two years, we’ve had the pleasure to sponsor this event by providing 1 oz cookie packs for the egg hunters. This special opportunity allows us to partner with a great organization to share crunchy, sunflower seed cookies with kids and parents alike!

Egg Hunt with Grace's Best Cookies

With affordable ticket pricing at an indoor facility, the sold-out event ensured a positive experience for every family. Featuring activities, giveaways, entertainment, food, and goodies, the 3rd Annual Spring Family Egg Hunt was most certainly a success!

On April 6, 2019, the Wichita Sports Forum flooded with giggly toddlers, enthusiastic parents, and even some preteens who weren’t too cool for an egg hunt!

We anticipate the Spring Family Egg Hunt becoming a spring family tradition for Wichita families for years to come.

Wichita Moms Blog knows how to provide quality family fun and we appreciate their love for local businesses!

Interested in having Grace’s Best Cookies at your next community event? Let us know! We would love to work with you. 

Made with simple ingredients found in your own kitchen, Grace’s Best Cookies stand out from the rest. Order your cookies in time for Easter, Mother’s Day, and graduation to share sweetness with some-bunny you love!

While our 1 oz. packs may not fit inside plastic eggs, they still make the perfect Easter basket treat!

Easter basket with Grace's Best Cookies

Sharing in the egg-citement of community events brings us so much joy. We are excited to celebrate Easter 2019 and look forward to participating in next year’s Spring Family Egg Hunt!

Easter basket giveaways

Photo credit: Wichita Moms Blog and Sally Cavanaugh Films & Photos

Cookie-Coated Chicken Breast

Introducing our new favorite sweet and savory gourmet recipe: cookie-coated chicken breast!

Recently, our talented team in the test kitchen tried their hand at making a brand new recipe: crusted salmon with sunflower seed cookies. This time, they whipped up a similarly satisfying dish for you to indulge on: cookie-coated chicken breast!

Traditionally, cookie-coated chicken breast doesn’t end up on your dinner plate. Yet while cookies as a breading for chicken seems unusual, it’s a naturally delicious new option! Tag @GracesBestCookies on Facebook and share your recipe results with us!

The Ingredients

Before you get started, let’s make sure you’re prepped with the proper ingredients!

cookie-coated chicken breast ingredients

For the chicken:

For the honey mustard:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

The Steps

  1. To start, preheat oven to 200C/390F
  2. Second, spread ground cookies on a baking tray, spray with oil (spray vertically to avoid blowing off the tray), then bake for 3 to 5 minutes until light golden. Transfer to your bowl.
  3. Third, place a rack on a baking tray (not required but this helps bake it more evenly).
  4. Then, put the egg, mayo, Dijon, flour, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk with a fork until combined.
  5. Add the chicken into the Batter and toss to coat.
  6. Next, pick up chicken with tongs and place it into the cookie bowl.
  7. Sprinkle surface with cookie crumbs, then press down to adhere. Transfer onto baking tray. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  8. After that, spray lightly with oil, sprinkle with a touch of salt (optional). Bake 18 minutes or up to 20 minutes if gigantic. Any longer will dry out chicken.
  9. Finally, while chicken is baking, combine honey mustard ingredients and whisk until blended.
  10. Remove chicken from oven and serve immediately, with honey mustard and sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired.

cookie-coated chicken breast oven rack

Check out the latest recipes and learn more about Grace’s Best Cookies on our blog!

Crusted Salmon with Sunflower Seed Cookies

Try a new recipe from our test kitchen: crusted salmon with sunflower seed cookies!

Crusted salmon typically isn’t topped with sunflower seeds and rolled oats cookies. But just like our non-traditional cookie recipe, we’re always looking for creative, non-traditional ways to incorporate our cookies into new and unexpected recipes. Normally, we use Grace’s Best Cookies in decadent dessert creations, but the sweet and savory combination in this entree is nothing short of mouthwatering.

Follow the directions below and give crusted salmon with sunflower seed cookies a shot! Tag @GracesBestCookies on Facebook and share your recipe results with us!

Ingredients

Prep your kitchen with these ingredients for crusted salmon:

crusted salmon ingredients

Directions

Here’s the step-by-step process:

  1. First, preheat oven to 375F
  2. Second, crush the cookies in a small bowl along with the parmesan cheese and set aside.
    mixing ingredients for crusted salmon recipe
  3. Third, rinse and dry the salmon filet then lightly season with salt and pepper.
    season salmon for crusted salmon recipe
  4. Next, pour 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan at medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot put the salmon in skin side down.
  6. While the salmon is cooking, mix the dill and remaining tbsp of olive oil with the cookie parmesan mixture.
  7. Once the salmon has cooked for 4-5 minutes, pile the cookie mixture on the salmon, squeeze half of the lemon on the salmon and top with the slice of lemon.
    lemon on salmon crusted recipe
  8. Put the pan in the oven for 14 minutes or until the cookie mixture begins to brown.
  9. Finally, remove your crusted salmon from the oven and serve immediately.

Bon appétite!

Check out the latest recipes and learn more about Grace’s Best Cookies on our blog!

3 Reasons to Eat Sunflower Seed Cookies

Our sunflower seed cookies not only make a delightful treat but complement your cravings with naturally delicious ingredients. 

When compared to a classic sandwich-style cookie, (you know, the kind where a generous amount of crème is stuffed between two chocolate cookies) sunflower seed cookies like ours at Grace’s Best do not conform to a pattern of tradition. And that’s the thing we love most about our cookies: there’s nothing traditional about them!

But why bother choosing Grace’s Best sunflower seed cookies over that of a leading brand? 

1. We’re family-owned and based locally in Kansas City, MO.

In 1992, Grace’s grandmother, Margaret, forged a new path and began selling the cookies that her loved ones in the Kansas City area simply couldn’t get enough of. With an idea all her own and the support of her family, she started a lasting tradition using a non-traditional recipe. Since then, her son has taken over the company to honor his mother’s legacy and bring her sunflower seed cookies recipe to taste buds that crave a different kind of snack.

Plus, we love the local scene and supporting the small grocers that carry our cookies!

2. Grace’s Best Cookies are made with naturally delicious ingredients.

Artificial preservatives and artificial flavors make no sense in our cookies! We only include pronounceable and recognizable ingredients so that what you see on the label is what you taste. Take a peek at the ingredients we use in our sunflower seed cookies – ones you can find right in your own kitchen:

  • Rolled oats
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sweet cream butter (milk)
  • Brown sugar
  • Enriched unbleached flour
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract

Grace's Best natural gourmet sunflower seed cookies 1 oz

On the other hand, the ingredients for a basic sandwich cookie tell a completely different story! What are you familiar with on this list?

  • Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour
  • Niacin
  • Reduced Iron
  • Thiamine Mononitrate {Vitamin B1}
  • Riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, Folic Acid)
  • Sugar
  • Palm And/Or Canola Oil
  • Cocoa (Processed with Alkali)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Leavening (Baking Soda And/Or Calcium Phosphate)
  • Salt
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Chocolate
  • Artificial Flavor

High fructose corn syrup can link to major health risks; that’s why it’s often discouraged in high amounts. The last ingredient is simply listed as “artificial flavor,” meaning that some of the flavor comes from a chemical compound rather than its actual ingredients!

3. Our sunflower seed cookies contain less sugar and sodium than the leading sandwich cookie brand.

Let’s look at the nutrition facts. We compared a six-pack of sandwich cookies to a 1 oz. pack of Grace’s Best Cookies that contains 5 cookies. Prepackaged, both are convenient for snacking with a controlled serving. Here’s what we found:

Grace’s Best Sandwich Cookie
Calories 130 270
Total Fat 6g 11g
Saturated Fat 2.5g 3g
Sugars 8g 23g
Sodium 55mg 220mg

Next time you’re craving a sweet, crunchy snack, look at the label and then decide. We encourage everyone to pay careful attention to what goes into their bodies! Remember, even our sunflower seed cookies are still cookies, so snack wisely!

Have a question related to the ingredients in Grace’s Best Cookies? Let us know!

Sunflower Seed Pancakes

Pump up your breakfast routine with an alternative recipe for sunflower seed pancakes!

Some mornings, having enough time to sit down and enjoy a delicious, hearty breakfast seems like a distant dream. In our fast-food, eat-on-the-go culture, we find ourselves driving to work eating dry cereal in our laps or with stomachs rumbling from having skipped breakfast entirely.

But the only thing that’s worse than not enough time to eat is having plenty of time, but not enough ingredients. In your standard, old-fashioned pancake recipe, you need these essentials: milk, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs, butter, and toppings like syrup or brown sugar. It may not seem like it takes much. But when you can’t make pancakes for your littles like you promised because you’re out of flour and sugar, their disappointment basically lingers until lunch.

Just-add-water pancake mixes are great as a convenient option, but it’s not as much fun as baking from scratch! And we would know, we bake cookies for a living.

Our recipe for sunflower seed pancakes only requires four ingredients: eggs, bananas, butter, and Grace’s Best Cookies!

Let’s get started:

  • For one pancake, whisk 1 egg into a bowl.
  • Next, take 1/2 of a ripe banana and mash it with a fork into the same bowl. Mix it together until all the bumps are smooth.
  • Crush up 2-3 Grace’s Best Cookies and mix them into the batter.
  • Then, heat a lightly buttered griddle or frying pan over medium high heat and pour in your egg-banana-sunflower-seed batter.
  • Allow each side of the sunflower seed pancakes to sit for 45-60 seconds before flipping.

sunflower seed pancakes in skillet

  • Lastly, crumble an additional 2-3 Grace’s Best Cookies on top of your sunflower seed pancakes for that extra crunch!
  • And if you’re feeling sweet, drizzle on a little bit of syrup or honey!

Grace's Best Cookies sunflower seed pancakes recipe  We promise you’ll be comfortably full after only one or two sunflower seed pancakes. The eggs and bananas pack in the protein and potassium which are sure to keep you feeling full for longer. And you can find Grace’s Best Cookies in select retailers like Whole Foods, Dierbergs Markets, Natural Grocers, or Green Acres Markets, or on our website!

Grace's Best Cookies sunflower seed pancakes recipe Share your recipes with us:

We love baking because it allows us to be creative and enjoy sweet treats! Make your favorite recipes, like pie crust using Grace’s Best Cookies, tag us and we’ll spread the love!

How to Make Pie Crust with Grace’s Best Cookies

Bake a naturally delicious pie crust using Grace’s Best Cookies!

Though cookies are our true calling, we can’t resist baking delectable pies like cheesecake, key lime and banana cream. And then devouring them, of course.

To make a pie crust that’s extra crunchy and filled with only naturally delicious ingredients, we turned to our very own cookies for a sweet new take on a classic dessert.

Grace's Best cookies pie crust

With a quick and easy prep time, it’s a fun activity for for parents and kids of all ages!

The Ingredients:

For your pie crust, we recommend using 25 Grace’s Best Cookies and 4 tablespoons of melted butter, or as much as needed.

Grace’s Best Cookies are made only with the kinds of ingredients you can find right in your own kitchen, like sunflower seeds, rolled oats and brown sugar.

Grace's Best cookies pie crust recipe blog

The Steps:

First, place all your Grace’s Best Cookies into a large, clear plastic bag. Make sure it’s sealed nice and tight.

Next comes the fun part: take a rolling pin and start smashing! This is where your kids will come in handy. We can’t guarantee there won’t be a mess, however. It all depends on how your littles take you up on this task.

Once the cookies have been crushed into crumbs, dump them in a bowl and stir in the melted butter until the mixture is consistent.

Place the mixture into a pie pan, press down until the crust in covering the bottom and the sides, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Dig in!

Finally, add whatever pie filling you have on top of the crust and voila – you’re done! Your pie with a naturally delicious crust, complete with sunflower seeds and rolled oats, is ready to go!

Share your recipes with us:

We love baking because it allows us to be creative and enjoy sweet treats! Make your favorite recipes for desserts like pie crust using Grace’s Best Cookies, tag us and we’ll spread the love!

4 Ways to Eat Cookies for Breakfast

Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day!

Whatever you choose to eat (or don’t eat) can set the precedent for the rest of the day. What better way to start things off right than adding a little something sweet to your morning meal. Made out of all-natural ingredients you can find right in your own kitchen, Grace’s Best Cookies are the perfect add-on to your favorite breakfast recipes.

1. Yogurt Bowl

Customized yogurt bowls are all over Instagram. Aesthetically pleasing, wholesome, and delicious, you can make your yogurt bowl just how you like it! We suggest topping your yogurt off with your favorite fruit along with some Grace’s Best Cookies.

And here’s how Grace’s Best stack up nutrition-wise against the leading low fat granola with raisins and almonds, so that you can feel better about what goes into your body! 

Leading breakfast granola: Nutrition (1 cup): 345 calories, 225 mg sodium, 72 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 25.5 g sugars

Grace’s Best Cookies: 1 package (5 cookies): 130 calories, 55 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugars

Grace’s makes the perfect topping on a yogurt bowl, adding that original buttery crunch you’ll want everyone to know about.

2. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut butter banana smoothie

A good source of calcium, potassium, and protein, this peanut butter banana smoothie is the perfect morning pick-me-up. It’s a quick recipe which takes less than 10 minutes to make and you can bring it with you on your way out the door. Don’t forget to add some Grace’s Best Cookies for a little extra sweetness. All you’ll need are:

1 banana

1 cup milk

¼ cup peanut butter

1 cup ice cubes

5 GB cookies

Blend and that’s it! You’re on your way to conquer the day!

 3. Grace’s Best Pancakes

making pancakes

Next up: pancakes! Pancakes are possibly the most classic of all breakfasts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t change them up every now and then. We think the perfect pancake topping would be some naturally delicious cookies, of course! To make the pancakes, first you’ll need

1 ½ cup flour

1 Tbs sugar

1 Tbs baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbs sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup milk

4 Tbs melted butter

First, mix together the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients. After that, pour ¼ cup of batter over medium high heat and cook until each side is brown. Add strawberries, maple syrup, and however many crushed Grace’s Best Cookies as you want on top (the more cookies, the better!). People will think you’re running your own breakfast restaurant right out of your kitchen!

4. Grab a 1 oz. Pack of Grace’s Best

Grace's best cookies 1 oz packs

Sometimes we sleep through our alarms (or hit the snooze button too many times) and don’t have time to make ourselves breakfast. Our 1 oz. packs of 5 cookies each are the best breakfast snack for those in a hurry. Simply grab a pack on your way out the door. It won’t even feel like you’re eating cookies thanks to the all-natural sunflower seed and rolled oats recipe!

A Family Tradition in the Making

Grace’s Best Cookies was built on the foundation of a family tradition.

But what’s so traditional about a cookie made out of sunflower seeds and rolled oats?

 At first glance, there’s nothing traditional about our cookies. Where are the chocolate chips? What about the cream-filled center?

Behind these delicious, crunchy cookies is the story of how an authentic, non-traditional recipe stood the test of time and anchored a family in a new tradition.

 

It all starts with a woman named Margaret. Back in 1992, Margaret, who just happens to be Grace’s grandmother, started her own cookie company just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. She hoped to pass her sunflower-seeds-and-rolled-oats recipe down to the next generations in her family. These cookies in particular were her bestseller, her secret weapon, her masterpiece.

 

Margaret saw how her most loyal fans connected with the naturally delicious ingredients she incorporated into her recipe. And these tasty treats may be small, but they have big flavor.

Person holding Grace's Best Cookies

She refused to pass up the opportunity to make a tradition out of such a unique, non-traditional recipe. But she still needed someone who would carry out her legacy after she retired and have the same passion for her company.

 

She had one candidate in mind who fit that description perfectly. And it was none other than her son, Jeff. Fast-forward ten years to when Grace’s Best Cookies officially began as a family-owned and operated company.

 

In 2002, Jeff agreed to take the reins after Margaret retired and he named the company after his own daughter, Grace.

 

And since Jeff took over the company, over 99 million cookies have been sold in-store and online! Hundreds of grocers saw the potential of stocking their shelves with these sweet snacks. Select Whole Foods Markets, Natural Grocers, GreenAcres Markets, Hy-Vee, and countless other locations nationwide sell Grace’s Best Cookies.

 

Margaret’s vision of a family-owned tradition came to life. Together, both Jeff and Grace continue out her mission to make cookies for the next generation of dedicated snackers.

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