30 Before 30 - December's Not So Healthy Treat (Triple Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies)

Okay, so this months recipe isn't healthy by any means... but come on... it's getting close to the holidays so who eats healthy during that time anyway! We can pretend these are healthy though since they have pomegranates in them and those little seeds are full of powerful health benefits such as:

1) They are the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
2) They have potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
3) They inhibit abnormal platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease
4) They lower cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors
5) They lower blood pressure
6) Studies have shown that they promote reversal of atherosclerotic plaque in humans
7) They may have benefits to relieve or protect against depression and osteoporosis

So... as you can tell eating these cookies will cause nothing but good things to happen to you! I'm going to make sure to eat as many as possible :)

Triple Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies (www.danamadeit.com)

  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter–don’t use margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening–you can substitute more butter or Coconut Shortening here but shortening gives cookies a flaky crisp
  • 3/4 cups White Sugar
  • 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups choc chips–appx 1 bag of chips. (I ended up mixing 1/2 bag of semi-sweet, 1/2 bag of milk chips, and 1/2 bag white chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils (those red seeds... I would have done two pomegranates if I would make this again instead of just one)

With a mixer cream together the butter, shortening, 2 sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Beat the mixture on medium-high for a full 3 minutes–this is important. During that time you’ll watch the chemistry of the ingredients change into a very creamy mixture.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine it with the butter mixture and mix till everything is incorporated.

Then comes my favorite part…

Add the pomegranate arils and chocolate chips. In my opinion, more chips is better than less. So I add about 2 1/2 cups of chips. And I used a mixture of semi-sweet chocolate,  milk chocolate, and white chocolate chips. Dump in the chips and arils and mix briefly to incorporate everything. A few seeds may burst while mixing but that’s fine.

Scoop the dough into 15 small balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes (10 mins was perfect in my oven). And you have tasty rich cookies!

The people at my house thought these cookies were amazing! I think they were all gone in less than one day and that's saying something for us. I also thought they were good enough to take to work and ended up getting many compliments on them and many people requesting the recipe! Highly recommend these for your holiday festivities... and plus... pulling those little pomegranate seeds out are so fun!

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