December 09, 2008

Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk Cookies



Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 oz semisweet chocolate chunks*

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sweetened butter and mix until a very thick dough forms. Use a spoon to fold in the chunks then the pomegranates and distributing both evenly. Form cookies by dropping 1 heaping teaspoon of dough on the sheet two inches apart. Flatten slightly then bake until light brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks (if you can wait that long) then serve with plenty of cold milk.

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*In the past I have a hard time finding high quality chocolate chunks but lately, I have been able to find Scharffen Berger chocolate chunks in both 62% Cacao Semisweet and 70% Cacao Bittersweet varieties at well-stocked grocery stores. I bet they will be even easier to find now that it is the holiday season so keep an eye out!

My thoughts:

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Sweet+tart=delightful cookies. I have never seen much less had pomegranate cookies before but I had a bunch of pomegranate seeds (arils) that I had liberated from 3 pomegranates and decided to give it a shot. I am glad I did! The pomegranate seeds keep their bubble of juiciness while the seed at the middle of each aril softens to the texture of baked nut.


34 comments:

  1. I love pomegranates and have been thinking about baking with them lately. I'm glad to see these cookies worked out, they sound great!

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  2. These sound yummy! I've never bought a pomegranate; is 'liberating' the seeds difficult?

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  3. Bridget- It isn't hard to remove the seeds at all. I linked to how to do it in the post.

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  4. Thanks, Rachel. Sorry -- I didn't notice the link until after I posted my comment!

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  5. Even in my cookie baking haze those looks incredible!

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  6. What a genius idea! I'm all over the sweet/tart thing in cookies. And they're cute, too!

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  7. Clever use of pomegranate, they look like little gems in your cookies.

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  8. These sound great. I wouldn't have tried it, not knowing what the pomegranate seeds would do once baked, but your description sounds lovely.
    Thanks. I'm going to try them!

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  9. This looks fabulous. I'd never have thought of using pomegranate seeds in cookies, but why not? If you can use raisins... Seriously, this looks wonderful and might need to get tried here in the very near future.

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  10. Holy yumtastic delishness! I will be making these post-haste.

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  11. I never thought to add pom seeds to chocolate chip cookies...quite a novel idea!

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  12. The pom seeds look like little gems...gorgeous!

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  13. Leave it to you Rachel to come up with such an ingenious idea. I would have never come up with that idea on my own. Thanks!

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  14. Thanks for trying this out. I have been thinking about making some kind of pomegranate cookies.

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  15. I've never thought about baking with pomegranate seeds. NO idea why. It seems like such a great little cookie.

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  16. I never ever in a million years would have thought of that! How clever.

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  17. I wish I'd had the deseeding info when I used to take a pomegranate to school every day!
    I look forward to making these.

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  18. I made these cookies yesterday with some modications with what was in my cabinet! Loved them! I posted a blog about them. Check it out and please comment!

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  19. I baked these today and they came out fabulous, will bake another batch in the morning since I have enough pomegranate seeds. Whole Foods actually had containers of pom seeds! I got exactly 3 dozen cookies even though I easily ate the equivalent of 6 cookies raw - you must take that into account!!

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  20. What an awesome addition to a Cookie! I routinely make Dried Cranberry and Chocolate Chunk Cookies because I love how the tart Cranberries mix with Dark Chocolate, Pomegranates would definitely have a similar effect! I'll be trying this for sure!!

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  21. Yum—I love the combo of sweet and tart!

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  22. Hmm... Never had pomegranate and chocolate together but sweet and tart sounds good to me. I think I'll like this :)

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  23. I recently baked pomegranate scones and loved them but now I have to try your cookies. I'm printing the recipe now!

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  24. I made these cookies yesterday and they were excellent. One of my favorite cookie recipes now. The cookies have a great softness, but the pomegranate seeds give a nice subtle crunch now and then. The sweet and the tart play off each other well. Thanks for such an awesome recipe.

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  25. These were the best cookies ever! I added 2 tsp. vanilla instead of 1 tsp. and added toasted 1/4 cup of pecans.

    I made big cookies so my time went over the 12 minutes but the cookies were very crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

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  26. I made these today and they're amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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  27. I just made these cookies today, using dark brown sugar, but following the rest of the recipe, and they turned out flat! Is this enough to ruin the recipe? What else might I have done wrong?

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  28. Kelli
    Was your butter too soft? Did you over beat it? Is your oven the correct temp? Are you sure you followed the directions exactly?

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  29. I just made these for a dinner party this weekend, and they were PERFECT. Liberating the seeds was kinda fun in a nerdy cooking way, but what took the longest was the chocolate- I didn't go out and buy chunks, but used Pound Plus from TJs, which is SO hard to break up. I ended up with mostly shavings and a few chunks, as I used a santoku knife as a blunt instrument (too like 40 min!)... but they came out SOOO good! I pulled them out in 10 minutes and they are still meltingly delicious 2 days later! Thanks for the idea :)

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  30. these are INCREDIBLE
    i had some pomegranite seeds and wante to use them in cookies.unfortunately i ate half the batch already.. but if i eat the rest..who has to know? ;)
    thanks for the recipe, terrific!

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  31. I recieved a whole box of pomegranates from a neighbor and after I shelled them all I had about 5 lbs. (no Joke) of fruit. I've been trying to figure out what to do with all this fruit when I found your recipe. I would have never thought to put them in cookies, but I tried it and it's wonderful! Thanks for the new way to use pomegranates. The little red jewels in my cookies really goes great with the holiday season! I'll be keeping this recipe for many holidays to come:)

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  32. I just made these tonight as a trial run for my annual Christmas cookie exchange next weekend. They are delicious! And unique! And festive! Thanks for a great recipe!
    Elle

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  33. I've baked two batches of these (one for Friendsgiving and one for just me and my husband) and they are fantastic! I'm probably going to make yet another couple batches and mail them to my former coworkers and family :) Thanks for the great recipe :D

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them and took the time to comment, Josie! I just bought pomegranates today and was debating about making a batch myself.

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