Last week we went over to our friends’ house for dinner (our friend who also just happens to be the fab art director and graphic designer behind Annie’s Eats).  I offered to bring a dessert.  I’d had a pretty busy week of baking so I wanted something fairly simple but still a bit indulgent.  I also wanted something both the kids and grown-ups would appreciate.  (In case you didn’t know he has two of the cutest little girls on the planet.)  I was flipping through my saved recipes and my search ended the moment I saw these.

I know the title seems long, but it still doesn’t even cover all the good stuff going on here.  The cookies are oatmeal cookies with chunks of dried cherries, dark chocolate, and pecans.  Ohmygosh yes.  Then those lovely things are sandwiched with a fluffy, sweet marshmallowy frosting.  And then you go and drizzle the whole thing with dark chocolate ganache.  What can I say?  I’m into drizzled chocolate this week.  After baking the cookies, I was a bit concerned because they were on the crisp side.  Thankfully they softened up a bit after being sandwiched with the filling.  Because of this, I think it’s best to make and assemble these a day or so in advance of when you want to serve them.  (That, or you can try playing with the recipe to make the cookie softer – I haven’t had the opportunity just yet.)

As you can see, this dessert is quite a mouthful.  Sharing one with Andrew was plenty for me, and I’m not usually so keen on sharing my dessert with anyone.  The combination of the slightly chewy-crisp cookie, the chocolate-cherry-pecan combo, and the ganache drizzle worked so well together, and definitely made for a crowd-pleasing end to a lovely meal.  (And then we all went down into the playroom, and every single one of us wore some kind of costume.  I might have worn a frog hat.  Hopefully no one took pictures.)