Have you heard the story of the Neiman Marcus $250 cookie? Legend has it that a customer at Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas loved the cookie so much she wanted to buy the record. When she asked how much the recipe was, the response was “only two fifty” and so when the bill for $250 came, she was quite surprised! Neiman Marcus started giving out the recipe for free and 1997 and I’m so glad they did! It’s a mix of an oatmeal cookie and a chocolate chip cookie.
I adapted their recipe to turn it into lactation cookies. Lactation cookies are cookies to help boost and/or maintain milk supply. The brewers’ yeast, flax seed, and whole oats are all ingredients that can help with milk supply for lactating mothers.
I made my first batch of lactation cookies a few weeks before D was due. I baked half the recipe and froze them and froze the rest of the dough to bake off once he arrived. They were great, there’s not much better than grabbing a cookie and a decaf coffee when you’re breastfeeding around the clock. How Sweet It Is, was always one of my favorite blogs so I knew I had to try her version first. And it was awesome. I made a double batch before the first was even gone because I didn’t want to go even a day without my 2 lactation cookies a day. Lactation Cookies. I love this recipe and will definately make them again, i think I’ll add raisins the next time.
For my third batch I wanted to try something a little different so I found a cookie recipe that used oatmeal and adapted it by adding flax and brewer’s yeast. They turnout out just as good as I was hoping. It’s hard to limit myself to only 2 a day, but it’s a great little treat to eat one during a 5am pump session.
And I honestly think they help. I haven’t list as much of the baby weight as I was hoping to by the time I went back to work so I didn’t eat any cookies for 5 days and I’ve noticed that I pumped less those days. So I’m back to 2 a day because being able to exclusively breastfeed is more important to me than what the scale says right now.
If you are breastfeeding make these.
If you know someone who is breastfeeding/pumping a batch of these would be an amazing gift. They freeze great either baked or raw.
$250 Lactation Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons brewers yeast
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 4-ounce milk chocolate bar
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together butter, melted coconut oil and sugars. Allow to cool before asking in eggs and vanilla. You don’t want to cook the eggs (scrambled egg cookies would be gross!).
Grind the oatmeal in a blender or food processor until fine.
Combine the oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium bowl, and slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Best until everything is combined.
Chop the chocolate bar into small pieces and add it, both chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix just to combine.
Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Add 2 to 4 minutes if baking frozen dough.
Original recipe from The New York Times.