Monday, April 13, 2015

Oatmeal and Honey Lactation Cookies

If you're a breastfeeding mom like me sometimes you worry about the milk. And if you like cookies like me, you think "How can I not try to ensure the milk supply while enjoying a delicious cookie?" It's definitely not something I'd ever thought I'd blog about, but now I understand. And the plus side is these cookies are really good. Like seriously tasty. Oats and honey, with the help of dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries, make a really delicious soft cookie with a serious combination of a honey nut flavor. Yes there is flax and brewer's yeast in these cookies, but honestly I didn't even notice the yeast come through the flavor (and yes, I've definitely seen an increase in milk supply). And who knew I'd be lucky to stumble upon a lactation cookie recipe, in the very month I needed it most, from my Secret Recipe Club assignment!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Chocolate Stout Bread

Yes I realize St. Patrick's Day is long over but I also know that like me, many people have one lonely bottle of Guinness kicking around their fridge and maybe you want to do something other than drink it. Since chocolate and stout go so well together, and this is a great way to sneak alcohol into your breakfast (just kidding, it cooks off), this recipe is bound to make you happy. And hello it's super easy. This bread is perfectly tender and has a nice richness that brings out the beautiful chocolate flavors, totally enhanced by the stout. This bread is perfect for sharing,at brunch or as a snack. This bread has a nice cocoa flavor without being overtly sweet or screaming rich chocolate. Even Dave liked this bread, and he's usually not a fan of the chocolate breads, particularly in the morning. So I must have done something right here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blueberry Muffin Cookies

You all know how I love to combine my sweet treats--taking something you'd typically associate with one type of dessert and blend it together with another. Ice Cream Sundae Cookies. Apple Fritter Muffins. Smores Waffles. So it should comes as no surprise that I would jump at the chance to make cookies that taste like blueberry muffins, especially for my niece Abi who loves blueberry muffins and just happened to celebrate her birthday last week. These cookies taste like fluffy blueberry muffin tops, complete with struesel crumbled on top. They are deliciously soft and the blueberries burst with sweetness in every bite. Dave and I couldn't get enough of these and they were Abi approved as well. Plus, if it has muffin in the name, that means it's an acceptable breakfast item, right? Just ignore that part about a cookie if it's before noon.