CarCar’s Lactation Cookies

Soon after Kennedy was born, my mom came to stay with us for a week to help us get adjusted as new working parents. We LOVED having her here! She was such a huge help as Chris and I started back to work and seeing her with Kenny was the sweetest thing on earth! While my mom was here, she made a batch of lactation cookies to help my milk come in… and they were DELICIOUS!!! You guys seemed to love them too and have been asking me for the recipe ever since then! So I wanted to put the recipe on the blog for you all to keep coming back to whenever you want to bake them. These oatmeal cookies are easy to make and they are filled with all sorts of goodness! They are called “lactation cookies” because they help new moms boost their milk supply, but they are a great snack for the whole family (in fact, I think my husband might like them even more than I do!!). Without further ado here is the recipe for CarCar’s famous lactation cookies!!

Lactation Cookies


  • 3 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Brewer’s Yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup raisin


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix flax seed meal with water in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Mixture will get thick and gelatinous.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the flax mixture, egg yolks, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and yeast. Mix until combined and smooth, scrapping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just incorporated. With mixer still on low add in the oats until just combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, coconut, and raisins.
  7. Using a medium (2 tablespoon) size cookie scoop, place on the prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 9- 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

And that’s it! If you’re not breastfeeding, you can leave out the brewer’s yeast and flaxseed meal (although I have to say, I don’t taste them at ALL!), those are the two ingredients that really help with your milk supply! They basically just taste like really yummy oatmeal cookies!

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  1. Kaitlin

    Yum. These sound delicious. Will you be sharing Kennedy’s birth story on the blog? I know it’s every mom’s personal decision. If you decide to, I’m really looking forward to reading it. I don’t have kids yet (getting married in May, it will be more years for us because of starting out my career) but I love reading them. I think it’s helpful to learn how to adapt and adjust since birth is SO unpredictable/intimidating.

    I have a hard time keeping low expectations and I’m sure parenthood will help me… Start doing that.

  2. Katie

    Will you be sharing Kennedy’s birth story on the blog? It’s a personal decision. If you do, I love reading them.

  3. I need to make a gluten free version of these! They sound delicious!!

  4. Ty Caitlyn! I remember these in your story bubble and I had to screen shot so quickly to save! Can you write a blog on the Crib mattress that was in your story bubble too?

  5. Yay! These look so good. 🙂


  6. I’ve never even heard of lactation cookies, thanks for introducing them to me and sharing the recipe! It’s gonna be so helpful to any new moms out there!

  7. Kimberly

    Yummm! These sound amazing!

  8. Elizabeth Valle

    I made a large batch and they were delicious! I added in a tablespoon of cinnamon and also 1/4 cup of peanut butter to make them extra moist and yummy 🙂

  9. Gray

    Made these using measure for measure gluten free flour and they are SO good. Added just a little extra brewers yeast, too. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Can’t wait to keep making these 🙂