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Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!)

 Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!) via The Baker Chick

Ok- I admit this may be the weirdest cookie I’ve posted on The Baker Chick. I am aware that this recipe may only be appealing to a very specific demographic, but rather than emailing the recipe out with all my notes scribbled in, I figured this is my blog and I’ll post breastfeeding cookies if I want to!! (Last week was breasfeeding awareness month so thereyago.)

A dear friend of mine has been working to up her milk supply and so I thought I’d bake her up a special batch of delicious, chewy, oatmeal, chocolate chip & butterscotch cookies that happen to have a few ingredients that help boost supply: Oatmeal, flax meal (easy to find,) and brewers yeast (harder to find but I bought a huge jar from Amazon.)  Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!) via The Baker Chick


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Milk and Cookie Pops

 Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick

I promised you guys at least one more frozen popsicle treat before summer and man is it a good one. Popsicle molds are so fun you guys. It is so exciting to brainstorm all the things you can cram in, freeze and transform into an awesome frozen treat! Chocolate chip cookies soaked in milk are one of my all-time favorite things and so you can imagine how much I loved these pops.

 Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are broken into bits and stuffed into the molds. (I filled mine to the top, but they were loose enough that when the milk was added it filled all the nooks and crannies so perfectly!) A combo of sweetened condensed milk and regular milk gets poured over, soaking into the cookies. Now did you know that sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze all the way? It is actually perfect for these because it keeps the texture super soft and creamy. No rock hard icy-pops straight out the the freezer. Only creamy, chewy goodness, with an ice-cream like texture studded with cookie bits- to die for!  Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick


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Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

 Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Baker Chick

Maybe you disagree, but I personally find baking much more satisfying in the colder months. Now I definitely love eating sweets all year long, but when turning the oven on makes your home nice & toasty, it’s preferable for it to have been chilly to begin with don’t you think?

That being said, not even 90 and humid can keep me away from baking all summer long, but when I do I much prefer the end result to be something refreshing. Pies get topped with cold ice cream, brownies get eaten out of the freezer, and ice cream gets made more than ever. Ever since making these amazing cookies in December I’ve been dying for more ways to use them, and I knew they would be just perfect as an ice cream sandwich.

 Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Baker Chick


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Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

 Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies via The Baker Chick

Man oh man you guys- I never thought I’d get here. I got hit hard with pneumonia for the last 2 weeks and I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to get into the kitchen and bake again. Have you ever been so sick you really and truly forget what it’s like to feel like yourself? I definitely had my moments of that through my 104 fevered haze. Thanks to antibiotics and the sweet & loving care of Andy, a few dear friends/sisters, (and my Mom who flew out for 48 hours of TLC,) I am finally feeling like myself. That one was a doozy.

I had a dream about these cookies during a brief fever-induced nap and didn’t hesitate to make them as soon as I had my strength back. You see- I’m always on the hunt for the best way to make strawberry frosting. Stiff, shape-holding strawberry frosting that isn’t runny from strawberry pureé but really has a strong strawberry flavor. The secret? Freeze-dried strawberries. Are you familiar? It’s what you find in many breakfast cereals, and Trader Joes sells them by the bag. They are dried strawberries that are dry and crisp instead of chewy (like normal dried fruit.) Running the berries through a food processor yields a pink powder that is perfect for getting the ideal frosting texture. The finished result really tastes like fresh berries too which is exactly what I was going for with these.  Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Chewy S’mores Cookies

 Chewy Smores Cookies via The Baker Chick

Before you all close up shop for the weekend, maybe to enjoy the real kick-off to summer with a BBQ or family potluck, I have one last recipe to share. I don’t personally have big holiday plans, but I did make these awesome cookies which to me represent everything to come in the next 3 months. When I think of S’mores I think of cook-outs and camp fires and card games at the picnic table. These cookies are a cross between the messy-gooey treats I grew up loving, and a simple chocolate chip cookie. The edges are crispy, the middles are chewy, and they are full of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate chunk. Are you as excited as I am?  Chewy Smores Cookies via The Baker Chick


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M&M Chewies

 M&M Chewies via The Baker Chick

Sometimes you just need more simple cookie recipes ya know? I get such a high after baking something pretty and elaborate, but at the same time sometimes all I can possibly crank out are cookies. Scoop- bake- plop on some candies and bite into chewy cookie delicous-ness. Why is it that the healther I’m *trying* to be the more I really just want sugar? Despite the baked goods I post here on the regular- I actually try to eat pretty well and normally love my fruits and veggies. But sometimes when I don’t even have an opportunity to grab a sip of water or shower, my body craves a quick sugar fix. Which is WHY I brilliantly baked these cookies, ate two and then forced my sister to take the rest of them away stat. Cookies in my kitchen + over-tired/hungry Mama = disaster :) (I sure enjoyed my two cookies though!)  M&M Chewies via The Baker Chick


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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

 Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies via The Baker Chick

Ok so I officially wish I were hosting a huge Easter gala purely for the potential dessert buffet. Monday’s Coconut Cream Cake would be front and center as well as some Mini Vanilla Bean Strawberry Layer Cakes and Chocolate Easter Nest Cupcakes. These Whoopie Pies would of course be piled high on a fancy cake stand as part of the spread. Because you know- bunnies eat carrots so carrot cake everything means Easter right?  Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies via The Baker Chick


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Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Coconut

 Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Coconut via The Baker Chick

This post is part 2 in my new “old-post-makeover” series. I hope you guys don’t mind, but I really think it’s worth it for me to bring back some of those oldies but goodies from my early days. Not only did I have about 10 readers back then, but my photos left much to be desired. I’m proud of how far I’ve come in that time, and some of these amazing early recipes deserve their time to really shine don’t you think?  Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Coconut via The Baker Chick


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Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso Cookies

 Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso Cookies via The Baker Chick

First- thank you all so much for the well wishes about baby Hugo’s arrival. I am so glad that I had several posts prepared so I haven’t had to worry about anything that cuddling with my babe. I’m feeling really great though and getting the hang of things- so I should be back in the kitchen soon! Also- stay tuned later this week for Hugo’s birth story! (To be found in the “Baby updates” section- found on the top right button on the homepage.)

Onto the cookies: I don’t really watch cooking reality shows too often, but when I do- I have to be honest- they terrify me. Maybe its because as a baker/cook- I can imagine myself in those contestants’ shoes and having to come up with something under a time constraint and it gives me the sweats. I’m not a fan high pressure situations and I like to take my time to come up with recipes and flavor combos.

That being said…last month when my neighbor Melissa had a birthday, I asked her what her favorite flavors in a dessert were. She said- dark chocolate, salted caramel and coffee and also mentioned she liked “milk dipping cookies”- and man did I love the challenge of incorporating all of that into a special birthday treat!  Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso Cookies via The Baker Chick