My love affair with cherries and chocolate goes back decades to when I was a much younger man. My mother would often treat us to a box of chocolate-covered cherries after doing shopping, and she and I would devour the entire thing on the way home. The richness and sweetness were addictive to me, and still follow me all these years later.
These bars are inspired by those chocolate-covered cherries. The crust is made from the most perfect chocolate chip cookies ever, and the white chocolate ganache that the cherries rest on is reminiscent of that wonderful liquid in those candy drops. These bars are super easy to make – they’re not complicated at all and they’re a perfect bring along to any potluck, group dinner, or summer BBQ.
- for the cookie dough
- butter - 1 cup, softened
- brown sugar - 2 cups
- sugar - 1/2 cup
- eggs - 2, large
- vanilla extract - 4 tsp
- all purpose flour - 3 1/2 cups
- oats - 1 1/2 cups
- baking powder - 1 tsp
- baking soda - 1 tsp
- salt - 1 tsp
- instant espresso powder - 1 tsp
- bittersweet chocolate chips - 2 10 oz packages
- for the white chocolate ganache:
- white chocolate - 3 cups, roughly chopped pieces
- heavy cream - 2/3 cups
- for the topping:
- cherry pie filling - 1 21 oz can
- coconut flakes - 1/3 cup, sweetened
This recipe is part of a series I am doing for Parade’s Community Table:
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