Lactation cookies are cookies for breastfeeding mothers, full of ingredients that supposedly help boost milk supply, in particular oats, flaxseed and brewers yeast. There is no evidence that foods like this work, but some mamas like to try them and whether or not you particularly need help with supply, these are yummy cookies, full of energy for new mamas! I like to make these for my clients after baby is born and now call them Mama Cookies. They are, after all, suitable for everyone, whether you’re lactating or not – my kids and husband love them.
This is based on a recipe on BellyBelly., where they suggest you can vary the cookie type, but I have so far only made these with chocolate chips.
- 2T Flaxseed Meal
- 3T Water + 1-2t as needed
- 115g Butter, softened
- 165g Golden caster Sugar
- 1 egg
- 1T Vanilla essence
- 130g Self-raising flour
- 1t Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 T Brewers’ Yeast
- Pinch of salt
- 130g Rolled oats (NOT oatmeal)
- 40g Dark Chocolate Chips
- 40g White Chocolate Chips
Preheat the oven to 170C (fan oven)/190C.
Mix the flaxseed and 3 Tablespoons water4 in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar, in a large mixing bowl, until smooth.
Add the egg and vanilla.
Stir in the flaxseed/water mixture.
Add the flour, cinnamon, yeast and salt. Mix well.
Add the oats and chocolate chips. Mix well, adding 1-2 teaspoons of water if needed to make a workable dough.
Grease a baking sheet. If you have 2 large baking sheets, you should be able to cook these in one go, otherwise it will take a bit longer.
Roll spoonfuls of dough into balls, approximately walnut sized. Place on the baking sheet(s) and flatten each one slightly with the back of spoon or spatula.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until nicely golden around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.