Lactation Cookies

I thought I would share this amazing recipe for lactation cookies for all my breast feeding/ soon to be breast feeding Moms out there. A friend brought them over to me after I had Lucy and I devoured them. After making a few alterations to the recipe I thought I would share them with you. The original recipe comes from http://www.mamasaywhat.com/lactation-cookies-for-nursing-mamas/ if you would like to view it!

Lactation Cookies

Step One: Don apron and set out all the ingredients listed below with your mixer.

Ingredients

1 Bottle dry red wine

2 bags of dark chocolate chips

1 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 can pumpkin puree

4 tablespoons flax seed

2 eggs

1 heaping teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour, whole wheat

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (mine came in capsule form, so I crushed up with a mortar and pestle)

3 cup rolled oats
Step Two: Pull up chair to work space and pull child off your leg (also pulling yoga pants back up) and place next to you on chair. If possible place apron on child.

Step Three: Give child his own bowl, measuring cup, teaspoon, and fill with one scoop of flour.

Step Four:  Look around your kitchen, now covered in flour and thank God you have a good vacuum. Open bottle of wine and pour glass.

Step Five: Place butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, because who really thinks ahead long enough to set butter out on the counter to soften. Say a little prayer you cookies look alright with the microwaved butter.

Step Six: While butter is softening in the microwave, combine the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt, brewer’s yeast and oats in a bowl and set aside.

Step Six – part 1: Give screaming child a small scoop of baking soda, and salt in their flour as well.

Step Six – part 2: Take the mortar and pestle from said child to crush brewer’s yeast.

Step Six – part 3: Wipe blood from child’s lip where he banged it on the counter while throwing himself to the ground in anguish from the removal of his precious mortar and pestle.

Step Six – part 4: Hurriedly crush pills, and pray no one gets a large chunk in their cookie so you can appease your little Golum.

Step Six- part 5: Open first bag of chocolate chips and give some to sobbing child. Also give yourself a generous handful.

Step Six – part 6: With your child now clutching the pestle and petting it, combine brewer’s yeast and oats in the bowl with other dry ingredients and set aside.IMG_1209

Step 7: Remember butter in the microwave and pray that melted butter is the same thing as softened butter and place in mixer.

Step 8: Refill wine glass

Step 9: Cream together butter and sugars.

Step 9 – part 1: Let child help you pack the brown sugar. Give said child small bit of sugar for their bowl.

Step 9 – part 2: Give sobbing child another handful of chocolate chips and explain that you had to put the sugar in the mixer and not leave it so nicely packed in the measuring cup.

Step 10: Give yourself another handful of chocolate chips.

Step 11: Add eggs, vanilla, flax, and pumpkin puree to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well

Step 11 – part 1: Explain to hysterical child why you cannot let him crack the eggs.

Step 11 – part 2: Let child help you crack last egg.

Step 11 – part 3: Try to pick out large pieces of egg shell, pray no one notices the small ones in their cookies.

Step 12:  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing well after each addition.

Step 13: Notice a new pile of dry ingredients in bowel after all yours have been mixed in. Notice lack of dry ingredients in child’s bowl.

Step 13 – part 1: Try and scoop out as much as you can and try to remember just how much baking soda you gave him. Pray cookies taste okay.

Step 14: Add unopened bag of dark chocolate chips to bowl. Finish off other bag, handing half to small child now grinning at you with a chocolate covered mouth.

Step 15: Remember that you should have turned the oven on earlier, and set to 375°. Bake for 10 minutes.

Step 16: Taste first batch of cookies to make sure cooking time is right.

Step 17: Move out of the way as toddler falls to the ground crying because the cookie is too hot to eat right out of the oven.

Step 18: Step around toddler and place said cookie in freezer.

Step 19: Give cooled cookie to toddler and watch large smile form as he picks the chocolate chips out from around the oatmeal.

Step 20:  Look around kitchen, pour another glass of wine, and get cleaning

Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do! An aside, as these cookies will help to increase milk production in a lactating mother, they will not start lactation formation in a non-lactating individual. Although you don’t have to tell your husband that and may keep the cookies all for yourself!

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