Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
This is a guest post from one of our readers, Elizabeth.
As a nursing mommy, I sometime feel the need for an extra boost in my milk supply. You know, during those growing spurts a little one has when they become mobile or when teething and they want to nurse every hour!
Fortunately, we have a lactation consultant in our area. Motherhood Express is a private lactation company that is our little treasure for Northern Kentucky! The staff is amazing, very understanding and a great support system for breast feeding and soon to be moms. While I was there, I picked up some More Milk Plus vitamins ($24.95) and also got to sample some lactation cookies.. Yes Cookies!!! And it helps increase my flow?! Hook a mama up! These cookies inspired my inner Betty Crocker.
After asking my other nursing friends and older ladies for recipes, I settled on this one as it was the most recommended one by far. It also looked the easiest..and since I am not a baker..it was this one or go to my mother’s and ask her to make them for me.
Did I mention that I am not a baker? This follows quickly by the “I am not really a Betty Crocker of anything” kitchen related. As we were setting up for our Lactation Cookie cooking marathon, my husband came in and was informed of my Betty Crocker plan. Of course, being the wonderful supportive man he is, he politely laughed behind my back but said “ok hunny” and let me have at it.
I should also mention that he was caught sneaking the store bought version of these cookies and was warned that he might start experiencing well, side effects if he continued to sneak my cookies. So when he volunteered to try these, I didn’t have the heart to tell him the cookies are perfectly safe for husbands and kids to eat! I’m going to keep the truth to myself just a little longer heheh…
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
3 cups oats (not instant)
1 cup chocolate chips
Another nursing mommy and longtime friend of mine came over to help with the cookie baking marathon. Her daughter loved helping too!
For our first batch we followed the recipe we had to a T annnnndddd they came out like pancakes..
Soooo…epic fail! But they tasted great, so we ate them while making the second batch. Hey! No judging! The ugly ones have to get eaten to!
We read the recipe again and noticed that we had somehow missed a step in the first session. Either that or we are just not Betty Crocker. Probably the latter..
The second and third batches were pulled from the oven on the lower end of the cooking range and Success!!
- Mix flax seeds, vanilla and water and let rest while preparing the remaining items
- Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on low until well combined
- Add eggs and blend until incorporated
- Add flaxseed, vanilla water mixture
- Sift together the flour, yeast, baking soda and salt
- Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients in the butter mixture
- Stir in oats and chips (you may find this step to be easier to do by hand than machine)
- Drop by spoon or scoop onto a baking sheet (I did not spray pan)
- Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until edges start to turn brown
- Allow to cool before trying to remove from pan. They need about 5 minutes to set up so they won’t break when you package them.
Note: It’s approximately 8pm, six hours after the first consumption of cookies and I must say…**insert wolf whistle** mama got a brand new bag! I haven’t felt this “full” since he was a newbie!
So! Food for thought! Pace yourself and control your cookie eating! If made correctly, even though they don’t look beautiful, they taste great! So pace yourself!
Pack some in your diaper bag to keep as a snack. Again, contrary to the joke I have going with my hubby; the cookies are safe for husbands and kids. Enjoy!
Amy Green says
I remember the first time I tried to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from the refrigerated store roll. They were so hideous looking I thought I would cry! Thanks for providing a homemade recipe. The steps sound like it should be easy to make.
Rebecca b says
I wish I had these while I was nursing. Even a little extra time would have been great.
Anne Perry says
Yum… the whole family enjoys these.
Gwendolyn Mulholland says
I just made lactation muffins for my sister and haven’t tried cookies yet. I am going to see if she wants me to whip her up a batch. It is amazing how much these can help a nursing mom.
Jerry Marquardt says
These look so very delicious. I cannot wait to try your special recipe, and this week will be not soon enough.
I’ve never heard of lactation cookies before, but I have to try these since I’m currently nursing.
Sonya Morris says
These are similar to what I made except I used coconut oil instead of butter. They were so delicious that the whole family loved them.
angela bauer says
My favorite cookies, now that I came across recipe I’ll plan to make them
Em Mahr says
These sounds delicious, can’t wait to give them a try!
My coworker is pregnant so I will have to make these for her soon!
Stacie H says
I’m saving this recipe. I’m expecting. 🙂
Linda Manns Linneman says
This sounds like a great recipe. We love oatmeal and chocolate chips. We will be trying these soon. Thank you for sharing
I’m not breastfeeding but I might still make them. They sound awesome!
Anna Mcbride says
I definitely need to try this recipe! Thanks from a nursing mama:)
Alicia Hewitt says
I have never heard of lactation cookies. I sure could’ve used them!
Kelly Nicholson says
been making these forever…they are fantastic..thanks
Jennifer Hiles says
The title caught my eye. I never heard of lactation cookies! How cool. Not an issue for me right now but good to know 🙂
These Cookies sure look and sound delicious and nutritious! Thank you for this great recipe!
Terri Irvin says
Flax seed is so good for you whether you are breast-feeding or not. Great recipe and I am eager to try it. Curious why I can’t use instant oatmeal?
Hannah C says
Simply delicious! I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
Edna Williams says
The cookies sound pretty awesome! Wow! Thanks for sharing!
Sherry Compton says
I’ve never heard of anything like this. What an interesting concept.
Dan Dykstra says
The cookies look great but how is the flavor? Nuts or no nuts?
Sara Zielinski says
These look like delcious cookies.
Emily Endr says
I never needed anything to help me lactate more. Lol. The cookies sound great though!
So I totally thought this article was going somewhere else (yikes) but these do sound pretty neat!
I’ll have to keep the cookies in mind next time around.
Victoria Cortinas says
This is awesome, I am going to pass this recipe on to my cousin who is a new mommy. Thanks for posting! 🙂
Sassy Gal says
Wow! I never heard of cookies to help with lactation. These should be a MUST for all new mommies!
Michelle Elizondo says
This is a nursing mom’s dream! Who wouldnt want to eat yummies to get her lactating more? It does a two in one job!
md kennedy says
I’ve never heard of lactation cookies, or lactation food for that matter. Regardless, this looks like a great cookie, and I love the loads of fiber they have.