Friday, November 19, 2010

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Cookies

For my final Pom Party post, I am posting the recipe for Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Cookies. I made these for each guests swag bag, which was also filled with a jar of pomegranate-cranberry relish and the goodies from POM Wonderful. 

I used my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, but added 1/4 c. flour tossed with the arils and mixed them in after the dough was completely mixed. The cookies need to be stored in a non-airtight container or the moisture in the arils will cause them to soften. They need a bit longer to bake, but still stay fairly chewy. 

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from these, which are adapted from the Levain Bakery

1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. light brown sugar
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. plus 1/4 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. pomegranate arils

Cream butter, add sugars and beat on high speed for 2 minutes, until pale, light and fluffy.
Turn speed to low, add vanilla, eggs, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, mix.
Add 3 c. of flour, mix until flour is moistened.
In a small dish, toss pomegranate arils and 1/4 c. flour, set aside.
Add chocolate chips to the mixer, mix until all flour is absorbed. 
Use a spatula and gently fold arils into the dough. 
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375*
Line baking sheets with parchment, scoop heaping tbsp. fulls of dough on cookie sheet 3" apart.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until centers are set and cookies are golden brown.
Cool on sheet for a minute then transfer to a wire rack for an hour.
Store uncovered in a non-airtight container (I used un-sealed pastry bags tied with ribbon).
Makes about 24 large cookies.


Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar said...

Sounds interesting. And the recipe doesn't look all that difficult to make.

Joanne said...

Ash you truly outdid yourself with all of these fabulous recipes! So much creativity here. I love it!

Devon said...

Excuse me, but you forgot to list the CRACK that you put in these. Fo rizzle.

Melanie Giant said...

Wow! This is an easy recipe. I should better try this one for our high school friends reunion. I'm sure that they will love this one especially when I add cream cheese frostings on those cookies.

Mary said...

These sounds great and I love the red burst of color!

Great blog! Happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Melanie Schoenhut said...

The color looks perfect. I always over baked my cookies even though I am following the right time to stop the baking process. I hope that you can help me for that.

Katie said...

Oh wow these sound PERFECT for Christmas baskets. Now the tough question is what gets cut to make room...

Mother Rimmy said...

I like these for the holiday season. The pomegranate adds a festive color!