Best Lactation Cookie Recipe
Me and cookies go way back. My policy has always been something along the lines of, “When the going gets tough, eat cookies.” I am the first to admit that this is not a physically or emotionally sound policy. UNTIL you are a new mom and you are having trouble producing milk. Then it is absolutely both physically and emotionally sound. At least, that is my story and I’m sticking to it.
I am the first to admit that it is the ingredients that help to increase milk production, not the cookies themselves. Sure, you can eat your oatmeal, flax, and brewer’s yeast a la carte, but… ew. Momma, you just birthed a tiny human. You are now letting said human suck and tug on your poor, raw, nipples. And chances are you haven’t slept in a while, either. You deserve a freaking cookie. And you don’t have to feel bad about that cookie when it’s packed full of milk-producing ingredients!
So here’s the very simple, tried and true recipe. If you have a new momma friend, I recommend baking two batches and delivering one fresh and one frozen so your friend has a good stash. You’ll notice this recipe calls for sugar, cinnamon, and a good serving of chocolate chips (or raisins, your choice!) The sweetness is helpful in balancing the bitterness of the brewer’s yeast.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flaxseed and water in a bowl and let sit.
- Mix butter, eggs, and sugar until creamy, (I like to whip this extra so it’s nice and fluffy) then add vanilla and flaxseed mix.
- Mix dry ingredients except oats and chocolate chips.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients mixing slowly until combined, then add oats and chips.
- Drop large, rounded tablespoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about two inches apart.
- Cook 12-14 minutes. (12 minutes is usually perfect in my gas oven, but you may need to adjust for your own oven.)
Ingredients: 2 cups of flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 4-5 tablespoons brewer’s yeast 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal 4 tablespoons of water 1 cup brown sugar 2 sticks of softened (not melted) butter ½ cup of granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. salt (I usually do a little less than the full teaspoon) 3 cups of old fashioned oats 1 bag chocolate chips (or a cup of raisins, your choice)