This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.I can’t quit milk and cookies. No matter how hard I try! There is something so relaxing about dipping a cookie in milk that makes all things right with the world. And I won’t give it up even though milk and my body are not BFFs. All signs point to me not drinking milk but the heart wants what it wants and I’m so glad I found a special milk that allows me to eat all the milk and cookies that I want! I can give up a glass with breakfast. I can find recipes that don’t require it. But give me my milk and cookies!
Over the years our family has had a love hate relationship with milk. My oldest son finally grew out of a milk allergy but for years we had to read labels to make sure that he wasn’t be exposed to the allergen in anything he ate. For me, I found that milk made me feel bad. Real bad. ‘Post Dairy Digestion Discomfort’ is a thing. And I have it. This means that drinking milk and a lot of times, eating ice cream, leaves me feeling awful. We tried all different kinds of milk alternatives (soy, almond, coconut) to find something milk-like that we could drink. Neither of us liked any of those so for years we did without, looking for our calcium through supplements and veggies. But all milk is not the same! a2 Milk® is real, farm fresh milk! The a1 protein is the reason milk can cause stomach problems and it is currently in all conventional milk and organic milks on the market in the U.S. Except a2 Milk® which comes from specially selected a2 cows. This is natural, not chemically created or modified. Which means I now have a milk option to dip my cookies in!While I love to create recipes and try new flavor combinations, my kids are very tame. My oldest doesn’t even like chocolate chip cookies! I’m thinking he may have been switched at birth since I have a wicked sweet tooth and he doesn’t like America’s favorite cookie. But there is one type of cookie they love. Snickerdoodles. My guess is they love the cinnamon and sugar all over the outside of it. But I make a small change to amp up the flavor. And they don’t seem to notice so now we all enjoy snickerdoodles. While my recipe for snickerdoodles is basic, I add a TBSP of orange zest to the batter before rolling in the cinnamon and sugar and baking. YOU GUYS! This gives it such amazing flavor! You can’t really tell that it is orange, but it brightens the flavor and goes so well with the sweetness. Shhhhhhh. Don’t tell my kids. They would frown on this modification. They like to keep things really plain. The other trick is that I use melted butter, which although I’m not a baker or scientist, I think it makes them a little chewier than normal. I love a chewy cookie! The a2 Milk® Company™ has partnered with some U.S. family dairy farms to expand the specially selected a2 herd of cows, who naturally produce milk free from the nasty a1 protein. Which means I can now have milk and cookies, again, and not feel awful after it! Huzzah! An independent study showed that 1 in 4 Americans have discomfort after drinking milk but only about 6% were clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance. This means that there are many readers who struggle with drinking milk and are missing out on a lot of milk and cookie moments. But not any more! Milk and cookie moments are so special to share with the kids. They grow so fast and I know these moments are numbered. In fact the day I shared these snickerdoodles with my little one, my older kid was off at a drop off birthday party. My mama heart needed all those cookies.I ate (more than my fair share of) cookies, then went on about my day, with no stomach issues whatsoever. It was awesome. a2 Milk® was super easy for me to find at my local grocery store. Check their store locator to find it in your area. While it sits close to the nut and soy milks, it has much better nutritional value. Plus it tastes delicious with snickerdoodles.
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 TBSP orange zest
- For the outside coating:
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a large bowl combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the egg, vanilla, melted butter and orange zest.
- Mix well.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- The dough will be really soft. You can chill for a minute if you need to but I don't because I'm impatient...
- In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar.
- Using your hands, grab small bits of dough and roll them in to balls.
- Roll the dough ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat.
- Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes watching to make sure they don't overcook.
- The cookies continue to cook a smidge once removed from the oven.
I had intended to take the rest of these cookies to a family birthday party…but we ate them all. SO GOOD! They were perfect and delicious, especially when dipped in a2 Milk®! Have you tried it yet? Milk and cookies are back, baby! I can’t wait to share batch after batch with my kids this summer (although if I’m honest, I will miss the excuse to have to go lay down an catch up on my reality television…)