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I’ve mentioned these lactation cookies a few times on different boards and Facebook groups, so I thought it was time to add it here for easy access! When I was nursing, these cookies were a life saver! There were many times when I could quickly get a good meal, or feared that my supply was dropping, and in both cases these cookies always seemed to come to the rescue! I tried many recipes but this is my all time favorite!
Here’s the thing though… I can’t take credit for the recipe! I got this off of All Recipes website here. If you read the reviews on the website, I think you’ll see that I’m not the only one that raves about this recipe! It’s amazing! So thank you AllRecipes.com for sharing this amazing recipe!
Usually I modify recipes I find online pretty drastically, but in this case, I actually left them as is. The recipe is amazing! The only thing I did differently is in the preparation. So here you’ll see the ingredients found on the AllRecipes.com website, followed by my method for preparing it.
According to the AllRecipes.com page, this makes about 36 servings at 158 calories each (but it never made that many for me! I think I made them much bigger than they called for!).
Okay so here goes…
Ingredients as shown on AllRecipes.com:
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brewers’ yeast
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
These ingredients make a whole lot of sense because ingredients like Brewer’s Yeast, Flax Seed, Oats, and Wheat Germ are all said to help with milk supply! So don’t omit these ingredients if you’re a nursing mom and trying to boost your supply.
My Preparation Instructions (slightly different):
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F)
- Melt or soften the butter and mix in the sugar (white and brown) and the egg yolk until the sugar dissolves (but let’s face it, this doesn’t need to be perfect!)
- Add everything else to the mixture EXCEPT the rolled oats and chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon or by hand.
- Then pour in the oats and chocolate chips (sometimes I included extra chocolate chips because.. why not?)
- Grab a 9×12 baking dish and line with parchment paper or spray liberally with cooking spray (I prefer the parchment paper).
- Pour the dough (which may be a bit crumbly depending on how well mixed it is) into the dish and spread as flat as you can.
- Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes but keep an eye on it starting around 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. This cooks fast!
- Once you remove from the oven, pull out the parchment paper and let the sheet of cookies/bars cool.
- Once cooled, cut into squares or bars and enjoy!
This recipe is super forgiving and some days I mixed it really well and even “creamed the butter” and other days I just barely mixed it together while holding a baby in one arm and it still came out great! In fact, my husband and brother-in-law started eating these for breakfast they were so good!
A note about Brewers yeast… Lots of brands have a TERRIBLE after taste but I found one that doesn’t! If you’re going to make this recipe, then this brand of Brewer’s Yeast is a must and it will last you for SO long!! Like I said – two grown men were eating these for breakfast and never complained!). Here’s a link to the brand I ordered.
If you like these, here’s an obvious but worth noting tip! When you make a batch, double it and then free half of the uncooked dough! I did this often because I was making so many and it saves so much time! You can even then ask your spouse to pop them in the oven for you if you’re little one is going through a growth spurt and you can leave your couch!
Also, you can absolutely make these in cookie form like they say on AllRecipes.com. I switched to bar form because I was making a batch of these at least once a week and the bars were easier. I also found that the bars were more moist and more forgiving.
If you give these a try, I’d love to know what you think! Post a comment below and let me know what you think of the recipes or if you have another recipe you prefer! I’d love to see it!
Looking for more related to breastfeeding? Check out my 2 part post with nursing tips!