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!