Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

As a breastfeeding mom, I was thrilled to get some lactation cookies from one of my neighbors. They were delicious and did indeed help me produce more milk! I realized that I could make more of these myself. What’s nice is there is nothing that says that folks not producing milk can’t eat these as well, and they are a fun recipe to make with your older kid (my 3 year old loves helping!) and they are delicious!

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I used this recipe (she has three options. I’ve tried 2 and 3, and I actually really like the second best). She doesn’t say how much vanilla to add, so I’ve copied the recipe below with the amount of vanilla I add.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats, not instant
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 Tbsp whole milk (I use 2%, since I have it anyway for my 3 year old)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy and light. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.
  2. Combine flour, flax meal, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.
  3. Slowly add flour mixture to the sugar mixture until it’s incorporated. Be careful not to over mix. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  4. On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, put dough in 1 inch rounds, making sure to leave plenty of room to expand.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  I bake for about 13 minutes, check, and usually bake one more minute.
  6. Remove from oven, and cool completely on cooling rack.

Enjoy!