Lactation cookies are a must have for every nursing mom. Portable and delicious, they really help with your milk production. I love to eat one after a middle of the night feeding with a giant glass of water – kind of a little reward for being up and making amazing milk. They are the perfect thing to bring when you visit a friend with a new baby. I like to bake a batch and also bring a pre-mixed mason jar with all the dry ingredients, a container of brewer’s yeast and a bag of flaxseed meal for an easy way for my busy mama to make more later on. You can print the recipe using this link to include with you cookie gift.
1 cup butter (room temperature is best, but I have made it no problem with melted butter. Just refrigerate the dough for 15 mins if it seems too soft)
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup milk (I like to use almond milk)
4-6 tablespoons of brewers yeast (this is different from dry active yeast)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
¼ cup of almonds
¼ cup of cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes
Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar.
Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.
Add flaxseed, beat well.
Sift dry ingredients (flour, yeast, baking soda and salt). Add to butter mix. Note: I have made this without sifting the ingredients (who has time when nursing anyways?) and the cookies turned out fine.
Depending on your eggs, the batter may seem stiff or dry. Add up to ¼ cup of milk to loosen it.
Stir in oats. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, almonds and cranberries (or any other goodies you may like).
Scoop onto a baking sheet – easiest is to use a cookie scoop. I like to freeze half my dough after putting it on a cookie sheet/forming cookie dough balls.
Bake for 12 minutes. (You can put your prepared, frozen dough balls directly into the oven, just bake for a couple more minutes).
Let sit for a couple minutes before removing from cookie sheet.
And yes, husbands can eat them, no, it won’t make them lactate!