Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special with ROAD TRIP (Traveling Love Book 1) Author, Marla Josephs #recipe ~ Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, MARLA JOSEPHS, and her favorite recipe for HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!


Traveling Love Book 1


Before her latest assignment, Morgan Andrews was certain she had the best job on the planet. She gets paid to travel the world, evaluate 5-star accommodations, fine dining, and exotic locales. Life just doesn’t get any better. But, it can get worse. Suddenly her job doesn’t feel so glamourous when she’s assigned to map out a road trip to Idaho for budget travelers. And, she won’t be going alone. She’s been paired on this assignment with Mr. Ladies Man himself, Avery Dalton, of all people. Resigned to her fate, she keeps reminding herself she just has to get through 7-8 days in a not so exotic locale with a man who’ll likely be too busy admiring himself to do his job. Then, she can go back to her more luxurious assignments. But, what if Avery isn’t the type of man she thought he was?

Traveling Love Book 1


Avery watched Morgan Andrews as she hurried into the room with that running late look about her. She wore a pinched, frustrated expression.

“You’re here. Good,” their boss, Randy Fletcher, said as Morgan hastily took a seat. “You remember Avery Dalton?”

She glanced sharply over to him before turning back to Randy.

“Yes. Sorry I’m late,” she replied before nodding in his direction quizzically. “Nice to see you again.”

Avery could tell she had no idea why he was here. He didn’t even think she’d noticed him when she first blew in. However, now she seemed even more apprehensive.

“As you know, we’re doing a push on more family and couple friendly stateside packages,” Randy began. “She nodded. He continued. “On this next assignment, I’ve decided to pair you with Avery.”

“Pair me?” she repeated, scrunching her face in confusion.

“Yes. You two will travel together on this assignment.”

“I…don’t understand,” she stated. Her brows furrowed even more, and she looked as if she simply was unable to understand the words coming out of Randy’s mouth.

“I’m assigning you and Avery to travel and work together on this new assignment,” Randy explained patiently.

“Why?” she blurted out, now looking both startled and confused.

“Two reasons,” Randy went on, oblivious to the note of alarm in her voice. “Avery has visited before. He also has family there who can help with which points of interest might be worth adding to a vacation package. He has a basic tour package already planned, but we need you guys to actually do the tour in order to refine it before we present it as a package deal.”

“It’s been a while since I visited and explored that area. Things have changed,” Avery added helpfully, watching her growing discomfort with a mixture of amusement and sympathy. She’d clearly not been expecting this.

“So…why do I need to go?” she asked.

“Female perspective,” Randy replied as if that explained things. “You’ll be able to find alternatives for women or couples who aren’t into the outdoorsy stuff.”

“Where exactly am I going?”

“Idaho.” Randy announced.


Her voice was blank, and there was that face again. Avery stifled a chuckle at her completely baffled expression.

About Author Marla Josephs… 

Marla Josephs leads a busy life in Northern California with her husband and children. When everyone in the family isn’t working or studying hard they are traveling and playing hard.

Now that her kids are older, she is very excited to be able to finally put her writing front and center.


Links to Marla’s Website, Books, & Social Media:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oPj6gv




Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marlajosephsauthor/

I hope you enjoy the recipe Marla is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


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NOTE FROM MARLA: My BFF sent this recipe. She’s been making these cookies lately and I’ve tasted them. They’re good! Not sure I’d call them healty, but good. They are by Christina Lane from a website called Dessert for Two.

Courtesy of Dessert for Two


A small batch of healthy chocolate chip cookies made with coconut oil, naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, and whole wheat flour.

10 min Prep, Time 9 min Cook, Time 19 min Total Time


  • 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the solid coconut oil and coconut sugar, and beat until fluffy about combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla, and beat until combined.
  4. Next, evenly sprinkle the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder on top of the coconut oil mixture. Beat to combine everything well.
  5. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Press the dough flat in the bowl (as best you can), and roughly divide the dough in quarters. From each quarter, make 2 cookies, for a total of 8 cookies.
  7. Space the cookies evenly on the baking sheet, and press them down slightly–not totally flat.
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are starting to turn golden brown.
  9. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, and then move to a wire rack to cool completely. (But seriously: who actually lets cookies cool? I eat these straight out of the oven).


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Marla is giving away an ebook copy of ROAD TRIP to two lucky winners who comment on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Thanks, Marla, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

13 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special with ROAD TRIP (Traveling Love Book 1) Author, Marla Josephs #recipe ~ Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Good morning, Marla, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! I love the excerpt AND the recipe. I’ve been dying to experiment with coconut oil for cookies and didn’t have one to start. I’ve never been to Idaho so it will be fun to explore it with your characters. Thanks for sharing with us today!

    1. Good morning, Karen! Thanks for having me! I’ve actually tasted these cookies and they’re great! (I sound like Tony the Tiger. Hahaha.) I had never been to Idaho either. A relative moved there and we were visiting and it was really beautiful! All of the places in the book are actually real, down to the restaurants and chocolate shop! It was a really beautiful place and I thought it would be great to write about.

  2. Well now, this is a great premise and introduction! Thanks, Karen, and goo morning, Marla. You can be sure I’ll be looking for this book! Enjoyed the excerpt and recipe.
    Thanks again.

  3. Thank you for sharing the excerpt of your book. It sounds really interesting. So does your cookie recipe.

  4. Thanks for sharing your book. Looks really good and now we can eat cookies while reading it 🙂

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