This month we are filling the cookie jar with fall cookies. When I think about fall I think about sitting back in a cozy chair with a hot cup of coffee and a hearty cookie.
I chose to make an oatmeal cookie because it can take on almost any kind of fruit or candy and it becomes a very special treat.
I decided to add cherries to my cookies along with a few chocolate chips. Then I made an espresso ganache filling. I think cherries and chocolate go well together and I wanted a bit of a ‘wake up call’ so I added espresso.
The espresso ganache is simple to make, and if coffee is not to your liking you can easily leave it out.
I used coconut milk in my ganache but you can use regular milk or cream. Heat the milk in a small bowl over boiling water. When the cream is warm remove the bowl from the pan and stir in a teasponful of espresso powder and the chocolate chips.
Cherry Oatmeal Cookies with Espresso Ganache
This is a basic oatmeal cookie recipe.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or use stevia equivalent)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbls. Kahlua (or use vanilla extract)
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 4 tbls. cream or milk
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1-2 tsp. espresso powder
For additional coffee flavor I added Kahlua coffee liquor in place of vanilla extract in the cookie dough. I was a little disappointed that the coffee flavor dissipated in the baking process. Maybe next time I’ll add a little more than a teaspoon.
Enjoy the beauty of the Fall Season and start your day with a fall cookie, a cuppa’ Joe or Tea and relax for 10 minutes – you’ll be ready for anything!
I’ve shared this recipe with #FillTheCookieJar group this month. If you would like to bake with the Fill The Cookie Jar group, please contact Cynthia at Feeding Big.