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Lactation Cookies

Lactation cookies Several friends have had babies in recent weeks and as part of a care package, I baked lactation cookies, which are supposed to help milk production. Do they really help? I don’t know, but the cookies taste good and include some of the same ingredients in beer, which I’m also told encourages milk production. They’re basically oatmeal chip cookies with brewer’s yeast and flax seed meal. Husbands and toddlers like them too.

Most of the recipes found online are very similar. All of the odd ingredients (brewer’s yeast, flax seed meal) I was able to find at my local Whole Foods in the supplements aisle. The recipe makes A LOT of cookies (~70 with the Tablespoon cookie scoop) so I baked half and froze the other half so the new mama could bake the cookies on demand when she had a sugar hankering. My friends requested butterscotch chips but you can use anything, really. The recipe I based my version on also includes dried fruit, which I don’t really like in my cookies, so I skipped that, but its a really adaptable recipe. Per usual, I reduced the sugar. I’ve found that the more my butter is melted/softened, the crispier my cookie. The less it is melted, the more cake-like in texture. I like it somewhere in between. p.s. We’ve been going through a disgusting amount of butter around here lately!

Lactation Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • scant 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp flax seed meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp brewer’s yeast
  • 3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or any other flavor…butterscotch, peanut butter, mint chip)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, eggs & flax seed meal.
  3. Gradually add in flour, baking soda & brewer’s yeast.
  4. Fold in rolled oats & chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. If you want to freeze for later, scoop cookies into balls and place on a baking sheet so that they don’t touch. Once they’ve frozen through, you can dump them into a ziploc bag. Add 1-2 minutes to bake time.
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