A little while ago, my group was all playing Dungeons and Dragons in the Storm King’s Thunder campaign, and our Level 3 characters were off to do something that was obviously a big fight and going to be meaningful – at least at this stage. We trotted off to the location, made a plan, and my character – as the Paladin, and only real close-range fighter in the group – charged into the lead. Unfortunately, she was hit with a few blows, and then a critical hit, meaning she was dealt double damage. This was enough to knock her unconscious, which isn’t great, but isn’t unusual. But then the creatures in question continued to attack her body (because they weren’t very smart, and she was right there), and within less than a round…my dragonborn named Perra was dead. Like, super dead, and no one in our group could bring her back – at least, the proper spells with which to do that had not been prepared for the day, and it was just over.
Honestly, I was a little shocked – this is my first player character death, and to have it be my character was a little surprising. Even more surprising was how well I took it. After a few moments of stunned silence, I got my act together and went, “Ok. Time to start over.” Because that’s the beauty in an RPG – you can just “roll a new character” and join the group in progress (if they are willing to trust you). So that’s what I did while the rest of the group finished the fight, and then finished their mission in that location. But it took a while, and I was bored not playing, so I decided to bake.
Of course, the thing I decided to bake was something I’d been planning on making for a few weeks, but hadn’t had the time to make. But being out of the game for an undetermined amount of time, and having come up with the idea for my replacement character so quickly, I had the time to spare, and so decided to make some lactation cookies.
The beauty of lactation cookies is that for new moms like myself, they can help increase your milk supply, and I’ve seen the results – it’s legit. But the same cookies eaten by non-mothers of all sexes aren’t going to make them start growing milky breasts. So while I got the benefits from these cookies, everyone else got to enjoy them also without fear of suddenly springing a leak. It didn’t hurt that they were double chocolate, and super soft and delicious – sort of crackly on the outside and soft on the inside like a brownie. So if you are a lactating mother, and are hoping to use these for increasing your supply, you might need to hide them from the family – they are that good. And I can say with authority that they are just the right thing for helping you get over the death of your fictional self when the rest of your party is still having their adventures.
Double Chocolate Lactation Cookies
Yield: At least 2 1/2 dozen cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (or Brewer’s yeast – both work)
3 Tablespoons flax seed meal
2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, nutritional yeast, and flax seed meal.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to butter mixture, a little at a time until well incorporated. Add chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
Let cookies cool on the pan for a couple of minutes then move to cooling rack.