Lactation cookies

    25 min

    These cookies are great for breastfeeding mothers! They are moist and super yummy and they help boost and/or maintain milk supply. The brewers' yeast, wheat germ, flax seed and oats are why these cookies help with milk supply for lactating mothers. Don't skip those ingredients.

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    Makes: 3 dozen cookies

    • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
    • 60ml water
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 110g soft brown sugar
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 250g plain flour
    • 4 tablespoons brewers' yeast
    • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 200g porridge oats
    • 170g chocolate chips

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with parchment.
    2. Combine flax seeds with water and let soak for 5 minutes.
    3. Beat butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract; beat to incorporate. Stir flax seed mixture into the butter mixture.
    4. Mix flour, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, bicarb, salt and cream of tartar in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold oats and chocolate chips into the dough.
    5. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 5cm apart onto baking tray.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


    Brewers' yeast is said to help milk production in breastfeeding mums. You can find brewers' yeast powder in health food shops, such as Holland & Barrett.

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    Hi, Can I use rice/gluten-free flour instead? Trying to avoid glutegluten. They look delicious  -  10 Oct 2017


    Ok so I cheated and took a short cut which I allowed myself since I delivered a week ago but wanted something to amp up my milk supply. I bought 2 packs of Pillsbury Simply Oatmeal Brown sugar cookies and added above amounts of flaxseed, wheat germ, and Solgar brewer's yeast. I let cookie dough soften and just mixed other ingredients in with a fork. Turned out delicious! Ate 3 cookies and followed with a half liter of water and I was engorged a few hours later. This recipe is a keeper! I thought I would post my shortcut for anyone who is in my same position though it does not wholly speak to the from scratch recipe.  -  04 Apr 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I usually follow a recipe per the recipe whenever it's my first time making it, this recipe being no exception, and really enjoyed the cookies. The second time I made some modifications that made it a bit healthier, but not necessarily less calories. Doubled the wheat germ Used half coconut oil, half butter Added 1 tsp cinnamon Added 1/2 cup coconut flakes (no sugar) Exchanged 3/4 cup sugar for apple sauce The final product: a much softer (10min bake time), less sugar, but still sweet cookie. Also to note, I used beet brewer's yeast, which did not make the cookies bitter. We love this recipe more now! I can also see adding or exchanging the chocolate for walnuts... Yum!  -  17 Feb 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)