Lactation Cookies

The lovely Jenny modified this recipe and made them for Mandi, then gave the recipe to me so I could make them for a new baby momma and pass a few on to a pal who likes to smother everything in Nutella. (Seriously, I got a text with a picture of the cookie covered in Nutella. Girlfriend means business.)

  • 2 tbs flax seed meal
  • 4 tbs water
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • heaping 1/4 cup brewer’s (or nutritional) yeast

It’s a list day, apparently.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix the flax and water and let it sit 3-5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter and sugars well.
  4. Add the eggs and mix well.
  5. Add flax-water and vanilla, beat well.
  6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda and salt.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mix. (Sidenote… Does anybody actually do that? Because I pretty much never do. I just start adding dry ingredients to the other stuff and mix ‘er well.)
  8. Stir in oats and chips.
  9. Scoop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. (Seriously! Parchment paper! It is magical.)
  10. Bake 11 minutes 11 seconds. Way cooler than 11 minutes even
  11. Let them sit on the baking sheet 7ish minutes.

So, why are these lactation cookies?

Oatmeal ups milk production and is a good source of iron.

Brewer’s yeast ups milk supply, has vitamin B and folic acid, as well as a lot of other good stuff in it. It’s the same yeast found in beer (which can also up milk supply).

Flax has DHA, which helps a baby’s brain development in utero and while nursing.

I changed it to dark chocolate. It’s better for you and yummier as well.

I doubled it and filled 2 gallon sized ziplocks for freezing and had some leftover. They’re yummy. Also, I lost track of my counting and either did 5.5 or 6.5 cups of oats. Oops. It worked though. I found a can of brewer’s yeast for $16 at Wheatsfield. If you don’t feel like baking, you can buy 30 cookies for $44… Ridonkulous! Don’t be lazy! That’s so expensive!

Oh, also, I ran out of white sugar. (I went to the store so many times for these babies!) Since I doubled it, I ended up using 2.5 cups brown sugar and 1.5 cups white sugar. They were still scrumptious.

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