Friday, August 7, 2015

Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies (especially for mamas)

Did you know it is world breastfeeding week? Because every occasion deserves a special dessert, I made cookies! Truth be told, I have been making batches of these cookies since I had Rosemary. These cookies are full of good things for breastfeeding mamas but you don't need to be one to enjoy their oatmeal chocolate chip goodness. Trust me- these cookies are damn tasty.

Key ingredients in these lactation cookies: oats, brewer's yeast, flax meal, and coconut oil. Yes these cookies are full of things that can boost milk production. No, these cookies will not spontaneously cause you lactate. Glad we cleared that up.

My personal record for number of these cookies eaten in a single day is five. Every time I eat one of these cookies I justify it by saying I am doing it for Rosemary. But let's be honest, I just needed another excuse to eat cookies all day, every day. 

Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies 
makes about 2 dozen

3 c old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 c AP flour
5 tablespoons brewers yeast
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 c sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 c dark chocolate chips/chunks
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1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together butter and coconut oil; add sugar and mix on medium-high until fluffy
2. Add in egg, yolk and vanilla
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, powder, cinnamon, salt, brewers yeast and flax; add to mixing bowl and mix on low until combined
4. Scrape down the bottom and sides of mixing bowl
5. Add oats and mix on low until evenly distributed
6. Scrape down bottom and sides of mixing bowl
7. Add chocolate and mix for about 30 seconds on low

If freezing: Line a large baking sheet with foil; using a large cookie scoop, portion out dough and place the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet 1/4" apart; freeze for at least 2 hours before transferring dough to a ziplock freezer safe bag. To bake from frozen, pre-heat oven to 350F, place cookie dough 2" apart on a lined baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.

If baking right away: Pre-heat oven to 350F; scoop dough onto a lined baking sheet 2" apart and bake for 10-14 minutes

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