Monday, February 4, 2013

Pomegranate's and Chocolate: A Match Made in Antioxident Heaven!

This is what magic looks like

Beautifully removed Arils
Surfing Pinterest has become one of my favorite pastimes as of late, especially when I am looking to try something new. The best pages though are the ones with food, since that is where I spend most of time anyway...well at least there or the funnies. Anyways we were looking for fun dessert recipes since we were going over to our new pastor’s house for dinner. We had a couple of pomegranates in the kitchen that served as my inspiration. So I searched and came up with this recipe, in fact it popped up a number of times: Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies. These cookies were quite easy to make, especially since we now have a stand mixer. The cookies of course tasted fantastic, the chocolate and pomegranate really complement each other.
Excellent Christmas Gift, in use of course

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, makes 3-4 dozen cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

3/4 cup dark cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoons salt

2 - 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips.

1 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)

1. Remove the arils from your pomegranate.  (Those would be the part you eat) The best way to do this to fill a large bowl with cold water, cut the pomegranate in half, submerge it in the water and then break away the arils from the white membrane under the water. The arils will sink to the bottom, when both halves are done, strain the arils and then your good.

2. Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Mix with an electric hand or stand mixer until it's really creamy and smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add this mixture to the butter mixture slowly, until combined.

4. Add in the pomegranate arils and chocolate chips and mix until combined. 

5. Roll the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. 

6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes.
Can I eat one now?

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