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.