These butterscotch lactation cookies are packed with ingredients that encourage milk production. Butterscotch is such an amazing flavor and these cookies have just the right amount of chewiness and softness.
These butterscotch lactation cookies are so good! Even if you’re not a nursing mama, you can enjoy them (don’t worry, you won’t start lactating because you ate them).
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I am not currently pregnant or nursing but I am a mom of two who has tried these cookies before. Right now, I have five friends who are pregnant and my best friend just had a baby so I decided to bake these cookies again so I could deliver them to my BFF. I have been making a lot of freezer meals for my friends lately (since literally all of my friends are pregnant) and I thought a sweet treat would be a nice touch when they deliver. I feel like I was in the fog of sleep deprivation when I made these cookies years ago but they are really good! I think it’s really nice to make these for a new mom because when you have a new baby it is impossible to bake.
These cookies have both banana and butterscotch. Have you ever had banana and butterscotch together? I recently tested a recipe for butterscotch banana bread and it was amazing! The banana in this recipe is very mild. I also know that banana, oatmeal, Brewers yeast, and flax are great for milk production. I’ll talk more about each ingredient later. Not all women see a boost from these but they are definitely worth a shot. I know that they helped me a lot when I was pumping while my son was in the NICU. They were also such a nice treat, most new moms don’t get fresh baked cookies so they can really help a mom’s spirits, especially a NICU mom.
Making milk takes calories and tons of water! It also makes you very hungry. These cookies are the perfect snack when breastfeeding has your appetite ramped up. Two other things that also helped me with my breastfeeding and pumping journey were the Haakaa manual breast pump and Mother’s Milk tea.
What ingredients are needed for this recipe?
The ingredients in these butterscotch lactation cookies are meant to give an extra nutrient boost for new moms. If desired, you can also add chia seeds which have a lot of nutrients. Start checking your pantry because for this recipe, you’ll need:
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Banana: You only need one banana for these cookies. These butterscotch cookies are perfect for using up that one lonely banana you have on your counter. Don’t be tempted to add more or the dough will be too wet. You’ll want your banana to be any where from slightly spotty to turning black. Bananas are packed with potassium and extra calories which make them perfect for these cookies.
- Brewers yeast: Brewers yeast is considered a galactagogue which means it is a good that encourage breast milk production. Need to grab some brewer’s yeast? I always use Solgar Brewer’s yeast from Amazon.
- Flax: According to this article, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens which can influence breast milk production. Flaxseed also contains essential fatty acids which are great boost in nutrients for moms.
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Quick oats: Oats are one of the most recommended foods for encouraging milk production.
- Vanilla extract
- Egg: You’ll need two large eggs for this recipe.
- Butter: Unsalted butter works best in baking since salt content varies from brand to brand. If you only have salted butter, just leave the salt out.
- Butterscotch chips: You’ll need about 1 ½ cups of butterscotch chips. Butterscotch is better than chocolate in lactation cookies since some babies can be sensitive to chocolate in the breast milk (if consumed in large amounts). I think butterscotch has a much better flavor than chocolate in these lactation cookies, plus you can play it safe if you think chocolate will be a problem.
How many cookies does this recipe make?
This recipe makes about 30 medium sized cookies. I used this cookie scoop to make mine which is equal to about 1 ½ tablespoons.
How to store these cookies
Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll be good for about three days after baking.
Other lactation recipes:
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Butterscotch Lactation Cookies
- Baking sheet
- cookie scoop
- Hand mixer
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoon brewers yeast
- 2 tablespoon ground flax
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ripe banana (mashed with a fork) any where from a little spotty to turning black
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter unsalted
- 1 ½ cups butterscotch chips
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1-2 tablespoon water optional if your dough seems too dry
- Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.
- Melt your butter in the microwave until it is slightly melted (enough to be mixed into the dough but not completely liquid). Set it aside to cool so it doesn't scramble the egg when added.
- Next, in a large mixing bowl add your dry ingredients. Mix well with a large spoon or spatula.
- Add in your wet ingredients.
- Mix well with a hand mixer. Add the water if needed. Depending on how ripe your banana is you may not need it.
- Grease a baking sheet and scoop the dough in medium balls using a cookie scoop (about 1 ½ tablespoons if you don't have a scoop).
- Bake for 12 minutes at 325 degrees or until edges are slightly golden. Let rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to let cool.
These are absolutely delicious! My banana wasn’t ripe but I was eager to make these, so I baked it in the oven for 30 minutes at 300 to blacken it (it worked perfectly!) and let it cool before adding it to the recipe. I will definitely be making this recipe again!
Am I just missing how many eggs? I don’t see it in the ingredients, but it’s in the directions.
Two Pink Peonies
Hi Danielle, you will need two large eggs.
Butterscotch is an amazing flavour so this would be such an enjoyable way to increase lactation!
I love anything butterscotch and these cookies are amazing!!!
Oh this sounds great! I will definitely keep these in mind in the future!
What a great idea and they look delicious!
So delicious and they really work!
My friend just had a baby, so I shared this with her and she loved them!
Brandi L Brown
Ooohh, these sound delicious! I totally made and ate a ton of lactation cookies when I had my first baby and I was still working as a high school teacher (and pumping) that first year! I made chocolate chip ones, but these butterscotch ones sound divine!
Yum! These look like a delicious way to boost milk supply!
I always like to bring a dinner to a new mama, but I never thought of lactation cookies! What a useful and thoughtful gesture. They sound delicious.
These look sooooo good. I wish I had seen a recipe this yummy when I was trying to boost my milk supply! I’m a huge fan of oatmeal cookies – going to have to add these to my “to make” list.
Needs 5 more minutes of cooking in the oven. Otherwise delicious!