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lactation cookies

2014 has been the year of babies! Among the cousins in Derek and Jessica’s family, there have been 5 babies born this year! And many of our friends are also starting families, so yeah. Lots of babies. Our website is full of savory dishes that you can take to any of these families with new babies, and we have lots of sweet treats as well, but this is a different kind of cookie.

supply boosters

all stirred up

As you might have heard “breast is best” in terms of feeding a newborn. Many of my friends breastfeed their babies and also pump milk while they are working outside the home. Supply is apparently a big concern. There are lots of supplements and foods that can help boost milk production and three of these are oats, flax and brewer’s yeast. These cookies contain all three. Make a batch for a breastfeeding mother in your life. (PS. Anyone can eat and enjoy these cookies– even dads!)

cookie dough

lactation cookies
printer-friendly recipe
adapted from
makes about 5 dozen cookies

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup ground flax (also called flax flour or flax meal)
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
1 cup chopped pecans (or other chopped nut)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and sugars in a stand mixer at low to medium speed (for all ingredients), beating until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add peanut butter and mix until combined. Add water, mix well. Add cinnamon, flax, brewer’s yeast, flour, oats, soda and salt, mix until well incorporated (you might need to increase the mixer speed). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts with a spatula. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with a silpat. Bake batches for 12 minutes until set in the center. Let rest for a minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. These can be frozen and reheated 2-3 at a time in the microwave.

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