Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lactation Cookies

Don't let the name of these cookies scare you.  They DON'T contain breast milk.  What they do contain, that's out of the ordinary for cookies, is flax seed meal, Brewer's Yeast and thick cut oats.  All of which are super incredibly beneficial for Mom's that are breast feeding!  This is the perfect desert to add to a post-partum dinner delivery, too!
Why are those three ingredients so magical?
Flax seed meal is full of healthy benefits like omega-3s.  Thick Cut Oatmeal (Thick cut oats are similar to the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, but MUCH thicker and filled with even more iron) and Brewer's Yeast (both are found at Sprouts or Whole Foods type stores)are galactogogues, which have been linked to increased milk production.  There is no scientific study on the ingredients used, but that does not mean they don't help with milk production.  I personally have experienced great benefits after eating just one cookie!

I've had friends and family try these cookies and they get rave reviews!  Who knew something so delicious could be so good for you, too!!!

{lactation cookies}
    makes about 4 dozen cookies
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. butter very softened (I used butter flavored Crisco since my baby doesn't like it when I eat diary)
1/4c. water
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 c. flour
3 c. Thick Cut Oats
1/4 c. flaxseed meal
2 T. Brewer’s yeast  (MUST be Brewer's Yeast for milk production)
1 cup chocolate chips, or raisins or chopped almonds, butterscotch chips, etc. (I prefer chocolate chips with toasted chopped almonds)  I also used vegan chocolate chips because of the diary issue and they are so incredible you wouldn't know the difference!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together sugars and butter. Then add eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Add remaining ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Shape into 2" balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake 9-11 min or until edges are browned. Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.


  1. I have heard about these on baby center! They sound good to me!

  2. I cant wait to make these, can i frezze the batter to just pull out how many I want to make at a time?

  3. These cookies are fantastic. My husband may start lactating, as he can't stop eating them either. They may be the best chocolate chip cookies I've made. Here's hoping they work.

  4. Texture is perfect. Can still taste the yeast though, even though I got the debittered kind.

  5. Adding spices to the cookies will help cover the bitter taste. 1 tsp of cinnamon helps and you could also add a 1/2 tsp of nutmeg

  6. Can you help me understand why the type of yeast matters? There are lots of different yeasts used by brewers, but to my knowledge, it's not that different from bread yeast. Or does it just taste better? Would be great if I could just pick up regular bread yeast at the grocery store.

    1. Brewer's Yeast, specifically, is a lactation promoting ingredient. My local grocery store has it with the probiotics, vitamins, and other health supplements. I would ask your local grocery store manager if they have it and where. That's how I found mine.

    2. Absolutely only buy BREWER'S Yeast. It is an amazing product that not only helps promote lactation, but also many other areas in the body. I have been able to find mine at my local health food store and on Amazon. Bread yeast is very different. Google it and you'll see how very different they are!

  7. Hi.. Nice post. Really this is one of the awesome information about why should we buy lactation cookies and how they are beneficial for mom's. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  8. I've made these about a dozen times now and love them. I give them to all my mommy friends. I found that butterscotch chips are delicious in these. They also tend to take closer to 12 minutes when I make 2" balls. Also, where does the 1/4c water come in? I have never added it since it's omitted in the instructions and my cookies have always come out great. This is my favorite lactation cookie recipe!

    1. Misha, You're right! I don't know how that 1/4 c. water got in there because I don't put it in my own cookies. Though, I'm sure I could use it since there are times my cookies turn out a touch drier than others. Though this could be from my distractions as a mother of four little ones and not hearing the timer go off. Oops. We've all been there, right!? ;)

    2. Misha, I just made these again recently for my sister. I did add the water, plus a bit extra because I found that it helps activate and moisten the ground flax seed. You're welcome to not add it, but in the batches I've been making the cookies turn out better when I add that bit of water into them. Good luck!

  9. How long do you think these would be ok in the freezer? I'm thinking of making a bunch to store in the freezer for myself before I deliver on May 25!

  10. How long do you think these would last in the freezer? I'm thinking to make a bunch before my due date of May 25!


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