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Have you tried everything to start labor and meet your little one? I did too. Have you tried cookie recipes? I found this labor-inducing cookies recipe that worked for me. Well, I think it was this Labor Cookies Recipe, a baby girl was born not long after I ate them… all. You might want to try them too. They are similar to a ginger snap but so much better for kickstarting your contractions.
The BEST Labor Inducing Cookies – Labor Cookies Recipe
With baby #3 I was coming up on my due date after my first 2 were both born 3 weeks early. I was miserable and willing to try just about anything.
I mean anything even tried the Castro Oil, walking, pedicures, pressure points, walking, super spicey foods, walking, squats, walking, moving furniture, more walking… yeah I was at the end of my rope and beyond tired!
A friend of mine asked me if I had tried labor cookies and I perked right up. No, but I like cookies. In fact with this baby, I CRAVED cookies! Particularly I craved any recipe with Oreos in it. Apparently several of my friends swear by this recipe and were happy to pass it along to me.
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They did warn me these aren't your mama's yummy ginger snap cookies. They have a hard kick to them.
So my friend my the labor-inducing cookies for me and I ate them. I ate them all, my family wouldn't touch them which was a huge bonus!
Now, I don't really know if it was these labor-inducing cookies or the million ba-jillion squats I did and 50 billion miles I walked that put me into labor but my little girl was born shortly after I ate a bunch of these.
Oh and this stubborn girl was born ON her due date!
Just a small tip I was had already started to dilate and was having very irregular contractions when I ate these so labor had started and was near this was just kick start for it.
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Why does the Labor Inducing Cookie Recipe work?
The recipe is a mix of several things that are known and speculated in jumpstarting labor.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been known to stimulate labor contractions and strengthen those you already have.
Ginger – The basis of these cookies is ginger. Ginger while mostly known for keeping nausea away in early pregnancy is known to help move the labor process along once it has started.
Cayenne Pepper – Everyone tells you to eat spicy food to induce labor. So adding in some cayenne pepper to the cookies give it the same effect. Try to fight the urge to eat this with milk!
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These are now my new favorite thing for expecting moms. So much so I want to start the tread that when you help a soon to me new mom out with casserole for stocking up her freezer for when the baby is born, include a batch of these cookies to help that little one come on out and meet the world.
The recipe is also great to hand over and a baby shower! Trust me!
Labor Inducing Cookie Recipe
What you need for Labor Inducing Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 tablespoons (or 1 stick) margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup molasses
2 egg whites
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How to make Labor Inducing Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Start by combining the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small mixing bowl. Set dry ingredients aside.
Then blend margarine in a large mixing bowl. Stir in brown sugar and granulated sugar slowly. Add the molasses, then the egg whites.
Finally, add the dry ingredients to your mix.
Roll dough into ¾ inch balls. Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
Sprinkle with powder sugar for a little sweetness.
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Labor Inducing Cookies Recipe
This labor inducing cookies recipe worked for me when I was pregnant and ready to get my baby out. They are similar to a ginger snap but so much better.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8 tablespoons or 1 stick margarine
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 2 egg whites
- Powder Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small mixing bowl. Set dry ingredients aside.
- Then blend margarine in a large mixing bowl. Stir in brown sugar and granulated sugar slowly. Add the molasses, then the egg whites. Finally, add the dry ingredients to your mix.
- Roll dough into ¾ inch balls. Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
- Sprinkle with powder sugar for a little sweetness.
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Serving Size1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 135Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 163mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 2g
Normally my oven bakes quick……I’m working on over 10 minutes, and all they did was spread out. I hope they work
Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife says
These aren’t normal cookies but they worked pretty well for me and a few friends! Hope they work for you!
Did these work for you Kim?
I’ll be trying them today I’m 6 days over my due date and I’ve true everything! Hopefully they work!!!
They work!! I tried everything before! I had these and not even an hour later contractions! Best of luck girls
How many did you eat? I just baked a batch so here goes nothing! 🙂
Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife says
I think in a period of 24 hours I ate at least 10!
Ate 5 about an hour ago. Starting on my sixth cookie. Hopefully these work..will keep updating as the time goes on..
I just made these 6 hours ago and contractions have started! I am 2 days OD but I’d like to think the cookies helped!
I’m backing them now! I’m a little nervous about the molasses! Never cooked with that before and boy does it have a strong odor!
I’m not overdue yet, but going ahead with these. I have a few contractions already, so hoping these just regulate everything and I can be done! I hate how tired you feel after having contractions that go nowhere! Live the smell and can’t wait to eat!
I have literally ate 18 of these since 3pm … nothing yet ! Praying after I eat the other 8 I have before bed that something happens
Baking these now. I have had 3 already. I whipped up a powdered sugar glaze with vanilla extract and a little milk to spread on top. 6 days to my due date, but I’m ready to get this baby out. Wish me luck!
Holly Lamprecht says
All these did for me was give me nasty heartburn
these are so yummy!!! not sure if i’m weird or preggo cravings, but the heat and powdered sugar are so good together. i’m 39w4d, i don’t think they will work but i thought why not try (plus i love baking!) thank you for the recipe!
I am 39 weeks and hoping to encourage labor to prevent an emergency c-section, like with my 1st child. So I made these.
They are very very yummy. However, so far no contractions.
I added a whole teaspoon cayenne to my cookies(I love cayenne) but still didnt seem like enough spice for me, personally. My husband and son both liked these cookies a lot too.
Between the 3 of us there are less than a dozen left.
I would make these again, if just for me I think I might do 2 teaspoons cayenne and see where that gets me.
I’d rather eat ginger cookies than a spoon of caster oil so these could be worth a shot no matter what lol
Good luck to everyone else in the prego boat!
Okay these cookies are phenomenal! I added a bit more cayenne (probably around 3 teaspoons) because I love me some spices, and they have such a kick! I am pushing 39 weeks so I am hoping this will speed things along. We will see! If not, totally worth it just for the complex flavors.
Thank you for your kind words. Good Luck!
I love these cookies whether they work or not! I made them when I was due with my son (2nd baby) and now I’m 3 weeks away from my due date with #3 and they just sound so good if they don’t work, at least my craving is satisfied. If they do, yay baby!! Either way it’s a win-win!
Sandra C says
These worked twice for me. Both times started contracting within 12hrs