Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

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As I mentioned in a previous post, my little girl was born back in October. I’ve been breastfeeding her and since I just recently went back to work, I was concerned I would lose my milk supply since I’d be pumping during the day. I have looked for different ways to keep a good supply and have tried More Milk Plus pills and eating lactogenic foods, such as oatmeal and nuts. Some days I would notice an increase in supply, while others it didn’t seem to change, but that could have been due to my stress level. Anyway, since I love to bake, I figured I’d try out these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies found at Food.com. The main ingredients that are supposed to help boost supply are the oats, flax seed meal, and brewers yeast, all of which I ordered (in large containers) off Amazon.

To make the cookies, you will need…
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2-4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (I used 4 tbsp)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix the flax seed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

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3. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.

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4. Add eggs and mix well.
5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast (add more brewers yeast if you’d like a bigger increase in supply), baking soda, and salt.

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7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.

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8. Stir in oats and chips.

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9. Scoop onto baking sheet.

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10. Bake for 12 minutes.
11. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

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Overall, I find these cookies to be pretty tasty! The recipe makes a TON of cookies (I think using my cookie scoop, it makes about 6 dozen), so I usually freeze half the batch. I’ve found that I like the ones that I’ve frozen better, because, for whatever reason, they stay soft longer after being defrosted. The ones right out of the oven get a little hard after a few days. I’m not sure how much these cookies are helping with my supply, but I figure they can’t be hurting it, and I’m always up for a cookie or two!

Baking love,
Heather

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Baby Shower Cupcakes!

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Finished Cupcakes with words

A good friend is due in April and her baby shower was this weekend. Her sister asked if I would make a little something sweet for everyone and I was happy to do so!

To make the cupcakes, I used a recipe my sister suggested at Glorious Treats‘ website. To make the cupcakes, I followed the recipe exactly. One thing that was a little worrisome was how thin the batter is after putting in the boiling water. This is what mine looked like:

Batter

I used the advice to pour the batter into the cupcake holders using a measuring cup, which worked out very nicely, with the exception that they weren’t as uniform in size as I like. It was hard to determine how much to put in while pouring!

In Oven

The recipe says the batter will be thin and they will turn out fine…and it was right!

Baked

To make the buttercream, I used the recipe found at Savory Sweet Life‘s website. This buttercream was delicious and I highly recommend the recipe!!

To color the icing, I used Wilton’s copper coloring. I actually put WAY too much in the frosting and it turned out a completely orange color. I ended up making another batch of buttercream and added half of it to what I already made, but lightened the color enough to make it more of a peach skin color.

I colored the remaining frosting with black Wilton coloring and I had to use quite a bit to get it to the color it was. It still had a purple-y feel to it, but it was harder to tell in the small quantity that was actually on the cupcakes. I used Wilton tip #3 to pipe on the hair, eyes, and nose.

For the cheeks, I used raspberry flavored pink M & M’s, which were totally a happy accident I came across while at the grocery store. The pacifiers were Wilton’s candy pacifiers, which I found on Amazon.

Finished Cupcakes

These cupcakes were so fun to make and everyone seemed to love them!

At Shower

Baking love!
Heather