lactation cookies.

I had never even heard of lactation cookies until one of the moms at MOPS brought me a meal shortly after Carson was born. Shoutout to Tracy for getting me hooked on these.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups slow rolled oats

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

  • 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Mix the flaxseed meal with water in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.

  • Using a mixer, mix together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix until well-blended.

  • Add in flaxseed and mix until well combined.

  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and brewer's yeast. Mix well and add to butter mixture.

  • Stir in oats and chocolate chunks. Mix until well combined.

  • Use a spoon to scoop out cookies and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes or until slightly browned on the top.

I like to freeze cookie dough balls and make 3-4 at a time fresh (bake frozen for 15 minutes instead of 12-13).

apple cinnamon oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies-3 Confession: I am not a very good baker. I think it has something to do with my impatience. Baking isn't like cooking where you can casually throw in a little of this and a little of that. Baking is precise. If you mess up the correct amounts of salt and baking powder, you can REALLY screw up a recipe.

For me, cooking is a creative task. Sometimes I throw a bunch of stuff in a pan and call it dinner. When in doubt, I just add more garlic and more cheese. I'm not a fantastic cook, but I wouldn't say I'm horrible either. Baking on the other hand, always seems stifling to me. You have to mix certain ingredients in one bowl, and then other ingredients in a different bowl, and then combine them in a certain order. It's exhausting and scientific, and I've never been good at science. I'm an English/arts girl. I'm creative. Sometimes I just want to throw a bunch of sugar and butter together and add cheese and see what happens, you know?

The problem is: sometimes I crave cookies. Like I have to have them, immediately, or my head will explode.

This is what happened last Wednesday morning, only I didn't have any eggs. Shocker. I never have all the ingredients to make what I want, which is how I wind up blending white sugar with molasses on a Friday night to make my own homemade brown sugar (totally works, by the way). Likewise, this is how I ended up combining boiling water with baking soda, which apparently is the equivalent of an egg.

To make a long story short: I was craving cookies big time but had no eggs, so I found an eggless oatmeal cookie recipe online but I had no rolled oats, so I improvised with apple cinnamon oatmeal instead. Which brings us to the made-up recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

And let me tell you, THEY WERE DELICIOUS. If you are thinking to yourself, whoa Ashlee! That's a lot of flavors in one cookie! You're right, but somehow it worked. Kind of like Rachel's Thanksgiving trifle. Apple? Good. Cinnamon? Good. Chocolate chips? Goooooooood.

I followed the recipe (kind of), and improvised a little, which is really the best balance for baking in MY kitchen, I've decided. I like my cookies with a little bit of spunk, you know?

Anyways, if you find yourself craving cookies and have no eggs, but have instant oatmeal of some kind, you can whip these up any time and they're sure to be a hit.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups apple cinnamon oatmeal (from Trader Joes)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Beat butter or margarine, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  • Add flour and salt, mix well.
  • Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to mixture. Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chips.
  • Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Makes 3-4 dozen.

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These cookies are best enjoyed in servings of three. Eat up! Original recipe found here.