How was your Valentine’s weekend? I’m a little late catching up on a recap, so instead I thought I’d share a tasty recipe I discovered and adapted over the weekend! One of my favorite food bloggers has a recipe for Lactation Cookies and I finally got around to trying them out. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can obviously still eat these. Rest assured you will not instantly lactate on the spot, ha! How gross does that sound though, “lactate.” Anywho, I pulled this recipe from How Sweet It Is, and made just a couple tiny changes.
But first, if you missed OUR BIG NEWS…we are now the proud parents of a brand…new…(ok, refurbished so we got a SWEET deal on it)
KITCHEN AID MIXER!!!
I know, shut. the. front. door. and hold. the. phone.
We are officially in business now, ready to bake our little hearts out!
Truth be told, this was all Adam’s doing and he is probably way more excited about it than I am. Heck, I barely know how to use our hand mixer let alone a stand mixer. But, I’m excited to learn, and can already see many a cookies on the horizon!
So back to the real matter at hand, lactation cookies! Oatmeal is well known to help increase your milk supply, so it’s no wonder most lactation cookie recipes are basically glorified oatmeal cookies. Fine by me! Other notable ingredients include coconut oil, flax seed, and brewer’s yeast, all of which can also contribute to increasing milk supply.
Easy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
Here are the ingredients you will need:
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brewers yeast (originally recipe calls for 4, but since I’d never had it before I opted to start small)
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed (would add more next time)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut chips
12 tablespoons butter (next time I would use less butter, but more coconut oil)
4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 cups sugar (could easily make a small part of this brown sugar as well)
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350.
In one bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients – oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, coconut chips. Set aside.
In your mixer bowl, mix butter and coconut oil until somewhat creamy. Add sugar, continue to mix until fluffy (medium speed will do). Add in the egg and egg yolk, mix until combined well. Add vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly pour in your dry ingredients, a little at a time, and mix on low speed until everything is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Scoop onto silicone baking sheet, roll into balls. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
If I remember correctly, this made allllmost 3 dozen cookies. I know for sure I had two dozen, and then maybe 7 or 8 on the third tray.
They turned out pretty great! For some reason I think they’re a little dry, so next time I might increase the coconut oil, and maybe not cook them as long. These cooked for almost 14 minutes, which I think was too long. I’ve been snacking on them all week, and will definitely be making another batch in a few days! Of course, they are still COOKIES, so don’t eat them all in one sitting!
Let me know if you try these, or have any suggestions for ways to alter it!
Lastly, in case you missed it this morning on Insta, today is exactly ONE YEAR since we found out we were expecting our sweet baby girl. More on that later! Too many feels!
Have you ever made lactation cookies? What’s your most recent big “one year ago” moment?
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