lactation cookies

so, before i took my trip to chicago, the stress of traveling took a toll on my supply and i felt like i was running a little low. i had been meaning to make lactation cookies for awhile, but packing demanded all of my attention.
while i was at home, i ate oatmeal every morning and drank milk maid tea (yuck) and i still didn’t have time to make lactation cookies. i was a little hesitant knowing that they had flax and yeast in them, but i found a recipe for some with m&ms so i figured they couldn’t be terrible.

they turned out AWESOME! and they work so well. ben thinks that it’s all in my head, but he isn’t the one waking up in the middle of the night to pump. i eat two in the morning and 2-3 at night before bed and if emery doesn’t wake up to eat during the night, i wake up engorged and leaky. i’ve started waking up in the middle of the night to pump. i still eat oatmeal every morning, so that could be helping too.

i found the recipe on pinterest, but i changed it a little bit to fit my needs. you can find the original below.

here’s my adaptation…

M&M lactation cookies
adapted from one day at a time

2 tablespoons flax seed meal (i found mine in the organic section of the grocery store, i used the simple truth brand in the green and white bag)
1/4 cup water
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast (i found mine at whole foods, it’s by solgar and it’s in a gold canister, go with whatever brand they have, but DO NOT use any other type of yeast)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups oats (the other recipe called for 3 cups, i’ve made it both ways and i preferred it with less oats, it made for a less dense cookie)
2 cups M&Ms (i used M&M minis and i eyeballed it)

preheat oven to 350.

mix water and flax seed meal in a small bowl and set aside.

cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar.

add eggs and vanilla, mix well.

add flax seed meal mixture (which should have soaked up the water and turned almost jelly-like) and mix well.

add flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda and salt. no need to mix the dry ingredients separately, just throw them in with the wet ingredients. no point in dirtying an extra bowl.

stir in oats and M&Ms.

form and set on baking sheets (i covered mine in parchment, makes cleanup easier). if you don’t kinda press them down a little, they won’t expand too far.

bake for ~15 minutes, pull out and cool on wire racks. recipe makes 50 (!!!!!) cookies.


xo, a

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