Editor’s Note: I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room the other day, and two, well-dressed women waltzed in the room, cozied up to the receptionist, and said something to the effect of, “We have treats for you gals!” It was obvious they were pharmaceutical reps, and the receptionist was more than happy to help them out. Here I am thinking to myself, “Formula companies have a lot of money to buy their way into places like doctor’s offices and hospitals. Breastfeeding moms generally have *no* money, but we do have a little time and good sense of humor!” Thus, the idea of the boobie cookie was born! What better way to make our health care providers and their support staff smile and remember the importance of supporting breastfeeding moms?
Our challenge to you:
Get together a group of moms for a little baking party/playdate! Coffee will be essential. Use the following recipe or one similar to make some cookies to drop off at a local doctor’s office or mother/baby ward in a hospital. Include a hand-written note that talks about how important it was for you to get breastfeeding support from a health care provider, and that you hope they will do the same. Maybe print out our list
of IBCLC’s as a reference for their breastfeeding patients, and make sure to include the address of our website. Take pics, and send them to us so we can post them!
This recipe was provided by one of our very own Breastfeed Chicago members, Christina Kolb! Thanks so much, Christina!
“Boobie” Cut-Out Cookies
2/3 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
In a stand mixer or with a handheld beater, cream butter and sugar, then beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated.
Dissolve baking soda in milk, then add into creamed butter mixture. Add in vanilla.
Add flour and salt to the creamed mixture, and slowly stir until incorporated. The dough shouldn’t be sticky and should pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.
Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper, and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour. When you’re ready to roll out the cookies, take the dough out and let it sit for a few minutes before rolling.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough out on lightly floured surface, using about 1/4 of the dough at a time. Cut cookies out using a heart shaped cookie cutter, and then using a knife or the straight side of the cutter, take off the pointed bottom of the heart. Voila! Boobies! Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until only very slightly golden, about 8-10 minutes.
Wait until completely cool before icing using the recipe below or your favorite frosting!
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 teaspoon extract (vanilla, almond, etc)
1/3 cup warm water
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder until combined. Add the water and beat on medium-high speed until glossy and stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes). If necessary, to get the right consistency, add more powdered sugar or water. The proper consistency is when you lift the beater, the ribbon of icing that falls back into the bowl remains on the surface of the icing for a few seconds before disappearing. Add desired food coloring and have fun icing your cookies! Note: This icing should dry hard and matte, but you may have to let them sit for a few hours or even overnight before the icing hardens.
About Christina: After fulfilling my dream of going to pastry school several years ago, I wound up working at a series of non-profit organizations. To satisfy my passion for cooking and baking after sitting at a desk all day, I started my blog (www.butimhungry.com) in my spare time. These days, I spend most of my time being a momma, cooking, blogging, and, of course, nursing my 7 month old son! 😉 Being a part of the Breastfeed, Chicago! group has been such a blessing and a wonderful source of support. I’m so lucky to be a part of such a great group of women!