ESSENTIAL, Volume Two Sweet Treats for Every Occasion by Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein shares the best-ever versions of just about every sweet recipe you could dream of and dream you will after looking at the oversized pop-off-the page photos in her latest offering ESSENTIAL, Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion. Take a look at the EYB Book Preview and EYB Recipe Previews for this title and see for yourself. It is brilliant.

Featuring everything from the classics to modern vegan desserts, plus tried-and true tips for perfect results every time and 'springboard' recipes that allow you to add your own creativity, this comprehensive compendium is a must have for any lover of sweets. 

Building on the success of Annabel's bestselling book of savoury recipes, ESSENTIAL Volume One: Best-Ever Meals for Busy Lives (reviewed here; see our EYB Book Preview and EYB Recipe Previews), this second volume in the duo showcases hundreds of her favourite and most popular recipes for all things sweet, as well as dozens of fresh new ideas totally over 540 recipes! 

"In this book I have sought to bring you the best of everything I know and love from the sweet kitchen," says Annabel. "I don't have time for fancy techniques, hard-to-find ingredients or longwinded procedures. On these pages you'll find classic recipes made simpler, indulgent recipes tweaked to be lighter and healthier, and loads of exciting brand-new recipes, plus an encyclopaedia of tips and tricks that I've gathered over the years."

ESSENTIAL Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion contains something for everyone, with recipes to suit all lifestyles, appetites and dietary needs, and separate indexes to help you identify the many refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Annabel's books are incredibly beautiful and this newest volume devoted to sweets is unlike any other.  Lemonade scones, a show stopping Chocolate log, and Pineapple upside-down puddings are three examples of recipes that I look forward to making (I want to make them all as she makes it all look so effortless and elegant). I just received the ESSENTIAL set this week and I will be spending a great deal of time creating from these volumes and hope to tell you more as I continue to dive in.

Annabel's library of books are indexed here at Eat Your Books and are members' favorites.  Annabel is one of the authors that we have produced a complete recipe index for - every recipe from her books, magazines, blog and TV shows. Annabel is touring in promotion of this title, her events can be found on our calendar. 

Special thanks to Annabel for sharing this delicious cookie recipe with our readers today and for providing three copies of this title for our contest below.

Annabel Langbein's Salted Caramel Cookies
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For my new book of sweet recipes I was determined to create the ultimate gooey chocolate cookie - crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle and with the added flavour hit of salted caramel. Treat yourself, you deserve it!

Ready in 40 mins                                                Makes 20 regular or 12 large cookies

  • 325g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 85g butter, at room temperature
  • 1 packed cup soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 tbsp dark cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup caramel condensed milk
  • a little flaky salt, to garnish

Preheat oven to 180°C fanbake and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.

Melt 125g of the chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, or in bursts in the microwave, stirring in between. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and chocolate and mix to combine. Stir in the remaining chocolate. Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Mix until evenly combined.

Place heaped tablespoons of the mixture onto the trays, allowing a little space between for spreading. Wet your thumb, make a small imprint in the top of each cookie and drop about ½ teaspoon caramel into each. For large cookies use 2 heaped tablespoons of mixture per cookie and 1 teaspoon caramel. Sprinkle with a little flaky salt. Bake until set, but not firm (about 10 minutes). Allow the cookies to cool on the tray. Store in an airtight container.

Just one of the easy and delicious recipes in ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion (Annabel Langbein Media, $65), a beautiful compendium of hundreds of Annabel's best-ever sweet recipes and cooking tips. It makes a wonderful Mothers' Day, wedding or leaving home gift and it's on sale at Paper Plus, Whitcoulls, The Warehouse and all good bookstores. Find out more at or follow Annabel on Facebook or Instagram.

The publisher is two offering copies of this book to EYB Members in NZ and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 20th, 2018.


  • sarahawker  on  4/5/2018 at 10:06 AM

    Ginger loaf

  • contest718  on  4/5/2018 at 1:27 PM

    Raw energy juice & Buckwheat Bircher

  • GillB  on  4/5/2018 at 2:00 PM

    Walnut Meringue Slice

  • jd5761  on  4/5/2018 at 4:10 PM

    Annabel Langbein's Salted Caramel Cookies look amazing :-)

  • sdg8trgrl  on  4/5/2018 at 4:29 PM

    Wicked toffee sauce

  • FieryItalian  on  4/5/2018 at 4:49 PM

    The Ultimate Chocolate Brownie

  • KarinaFrancis  on  4/5/2018 at 7:21 PM

    I'd make the salted caramel smoothie to sip on while the salted caramel cookies bake (yep I'm a fiend for salted caramel)

  • ebs  on  4/5/2018 at 8:17 PM

    Italian apple custard cake

  • Scotsman61  on  4/6/2018 at 1:11 AM

    The Ultimate Chocolate Brownie

  • JRumi  on  4/7/2018 at 7:46 AM

    Lemonade scones

  • Madsgranny  on  4/7/2018 at 8:11 PM

    At last a book with a lot of allergy sensitive recipes. I love Annabel’s cookbooks and would cook dairy free egg free chocolate cake(page 46).

  • Lizzie_Kay  on  4/7/2018 at 9:24 PM

    Feijoa Friends of course, it’s that time of year! But everything in the book looks so yummy.

  • sequoia55  on  4/7/2018 at 11:13 PM

    Italian apple custard cake

  • mccorwen  on  4/8/2018 at 12:29 AM

    Sticky coconut rice with mango would be the first I would make

  • MargaretM  on  4/8/2018 at 1:59 AM

    Sticky coconut black rice with mango My husband remembers a restaurant dessert similar to this!

  • Werepanda  on  4/8/2018 at 2:44 AM

    Sticky coconut black rice with mango, it sounds so good.

  • luccio  on  4/8/2018 at 2:52 AM

    Alfajores - I've been meaning to try making my own for ages...

  • essptee  on  4/8/2018 at 3:23 AM

    Festive Gubana

  • Juli  on  4/8/2018 at 4:09 AM

    It feels like the season for apple and rhubarb pie :)

  • kerrin1976  on  4/8/2018 at 4:33 AM

    Breakfast bars

  • v.t  on  4/8/2018 at 4:47 AM

    The tropical fruit platter looks amazing!

  • PeavineBlues  on  4/8/2018 at 9:28 AM


  • RSW  on  4/8/2018 at 9:52 AM

    Kakahu Road cookies

  • clairew137  on  4/8/2018 at 10:06 AM

    sticky coconut black rice with mango,

  • GregH  on  4/10/2018 at 5:37 PM

    Date loaf

  • smartie101  on  4/11/2018 at 4:32 PM

    Ginger Crisps

  • verorenee  on  4/11/2018 at 4:34 PM

    oops I meant to put sticky buns on this one...

  • sugo  on  4/12/2018 at 7:26 PM

    The ultimate vanilla cupcakes

  • Livia  on  4/14/2018 at 1:22 AM

    It has got to be the Gourmet granola muesli :)

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  4/15/2018 at 6:20 PM

    The custard slice .

  • PiaOC  on  4/16/2018 at 6:44 AM

    Ginger biscotti _ in memory of my mum.

  • RNJessicaK  on  4/17/2018 at 1:56 AM

    Vanilla Plum Cake!

  • matag  on  4/17/2018 at 8:43 AM


  • katehenderson  on  4/19/2018 at 5:04 PM

    Louise Cake!

  • AnnaZed  on  4/19/2018 at 6:01 PM

    Sticky coconut black rice with mango

  • EmilyR  on  4/23/2018 at 12:30 PM

    Lemonade scones

  • Siegal  on  4/24/2018 at 11:53 AM

    Vanilla plum cake sounds great

  • motherofpearl81  on  5/1/2018 at 11:41 AM

    Honey tuile baskets

  • SallyCristina  on  5/3/2018 at 7:28 PM

    Classic Belgian wafflesClassic Belgian waffles

  • copycath2018  on  5/4/2018 at 6:56 AM

    Apple and cardamom breakfast parfait

  • auntietina  on  5/9/2018 at 1:27 AM

    Lemonade scones sounds like a delightful spring treat

  • amferrer  on  5/10/2018 at 12:15 PM

    salted caramel cookies

  • Lijstjesmeisje  on  5/10/2018 at 8:56 PM

    Apple and cardamom breakfast parfait - we have an abundance of apples at the moment.

  • orchidlady01  on  5/15/2018 at 12:38 AM

    White chocolate and macadamia brownie

  • Sfgordon  on  5/15/2018 at 11:36 AM

    Freeform nectarine tarts

  • jluvs2bake  on  5/19/2018 at 12:29 AM

    Those salted caramel cookies oh my gosh

  • creeker  on  5/20/2018 at 11:35 PM

    Festive gubana

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