Disclosure: I was sent this cookbook at no cost to me for a fair and honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
A few years ago, I went to IFBC when it was held in New Orleans. It was my first blog conference, and I had no idea what to expect. I gained so much from that conference, from inspiring sessions to meeting wonderful bloggers like Andie. Andie stood out to me, because her weight-loss journey inspired me, and after meeting her, I can’t even begin to describe how awesome she is. When I introduced myself (in probably the most dorky way possible), she was just so sweet and genuine. She’s just such a wonderful person, and her positivity is contagious.
If you haven’t read her blog before, I urge you to take a minute (or a few hours haha) to check it out. She’s a fantastic writer with an inspiring story. Her memoir, It Was Me All Along, was the first book that I read in a long time, and I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I read her memoir again recently to inspire me on the start of my weight loss journey.
When Andie announced that she was writing a cookbook, I knew it would be perfect for someone like me. Her book, Eating in the Middle, features the perfect combination of recipes for enjoying a healthier life without sacrificing the foods that most people crave (in moderation, of course). From Greek Yogurt Pancakes to Jerk Shrimp Salad with Mango & Avocado to these lovely cookies, there’s a huge variety of recipes in this book! If you have yet to read her memoir, I feel like this book is beyond recipes…she relates her recipes to different aspects of her life and experiences that make you feel like old friends. 🙂 Also, the photography is just drop-dead gorgeous. Because of Andie’s book, we’re going to have several new dinner ideas to try.
Now, these cookies. When I was flipping through the book, of course the dessert section grabbed my attention. These cookies have a little bit of everything delicious in it…sweetened coconut, oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips, and of course…caramel! When I brought these to share them with my coworkers, I was shocked that all 36 cookies (ok, 35…quality control haha!) disappeared. 🙂 I even had a couple of emails asking for the recipe (well here it is, y’all)! These were a home-run, Andie! I can’t wait to try other recipes in the book. 🙂
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies with Caramel Drizzle
Source: Eating in the Middle
For the cookies:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsalted walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 10 tbsp. (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the drizzle:
- 12 soft caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tbsp. heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a medium-sized bowl and whisk until combined.
- In another medium-sized bowl, stir together the oats, walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and dark brown sugar on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes, until whipped and smooth. Scrape the bowl, and add in the egg and vanilla. Mix for about a minute, until combined.
- Change the speed on the mixer to low, and gradually add the flour mixture, beating until the dough is just combined. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, add in the oats mixture and stir until just combined, being mindful not to overmix.
- Using a medium cookie scoop (or 2 tbsp.), scoop out the dough and place the dough balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Using your hands or the bottom of a glass, gently flatten the dough balls.
- Bake the cookies, rotating the baking sheets halfway (front to back and top to bottom) until the edges of the cookies are crisp, the cookies are a golden color, and the centers are still soft and underdone (about 13-15 minutes). Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring the cookies to a wire cooling rack.
- Once the cookies have completely cooled, prepare the caramel drizzle. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the caramels and heavy cream. Microwave the mixture on high, stirring every 30 seconds, until the caramels have melted and the mixture is smooth (about 1-2 minutes). Drizzle the caramel over the cookies, and allow the caramel to cool completely until the caramel is set. Enjoy!