Wednesday, January 6

How to De-Seed a Pomegranate and Make Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

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Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

Remember on Monday when I said I was going to introduce something new to my blog? Well, here it is: How to De-Seed a Pomegranate. OK, so how to de-seed a pomegranate is hardly new, but this is a video of me de-seeding a pomegranate, which is new frontier for this Food Blogga.

Some of you are panicking right now, thinking, "Oh, great. Now I have to watch her chop vegetables every week just so I can leave a comment on her blog."

Fear not, friends, you will not be tortured.

1. The videos will be short. I know you don't want to watch an 18 minute video of me peeling and slicing butternut squash. So you won't.

2. I'll keep them useful yet light in tone. I'm thinking of adopting a mockney accent like Jamie Oliver (actually I love Jamie, accent and all).

3. I don't have Giada's budget, kitchen, or film crew, but I do have a kind-hearted, savvy husband who is willing to give up a few hours on the weekend to be both my film and editing crew. Already he has suggested I dress like Giada. He's so insightful. Thanks, Jeff.

OK, here we go -- Put on your 3-D glasses and watch the pomegranate come right at you!

Once you've de-seeded your pomegranate, you need to make cookies. Why pomegranate seeds in cookies? Why not? Their tartness is the perfect foil to sweet chocolate and rich pecans. Plus it just sounds cool: Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

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Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies
Makes about 30-35 large cookies
Print recipe only here.

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup pomegranate seeds
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and center a baking rack. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars; beat in the eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; add to the large bowl, and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, pomegranate seeds, and pecans.

3. Drop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough 2 inches apart (as they will spread) on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

4. Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes, or until firm and golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes.

To store cookies, layer between pieces of waxed paper to prevent sticking and place in an air-tight container. Properly stored, cookies should last up to a week.

Note: Feel free to use all dark chocolate chips instead of white or to substitute pistachios for the pecans. Also, you can make smaller cookies if you prefer. But, really, why would you want to do that?

Here are more pomegranate recipes you might like from Food Blogga:
Winter Jewel Fruit Salad
Low-Fat Lemony Medjool Date and Pomegranate Scones
Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze
Fiery Shrimp with Avocado-Pomegranate-Tangerine Salsa served over Soft Polenta

I'm not the only one who loves pomegranate cookies:
Glazed Pomegranate Cookies recipe at Pots and Pins
Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe at Coconut and Lime
Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies recipe at Tender Turning Quiet


The Teacher Cooks said...

I think this is great! I can really use this in my classroom. Thanks!

Finla said...

I didn't even know we could make cookies with pomegranate. Looks yumm.

amanda said...

what a great tip, susan! i really do always get pomegranate juice all over me and the kitchen whenever i use them.... and the cookies look fabulous! :-)

Karen said...

Very cool! You look beautiful, Susan! I had no clue how to do this... thanks and I look forward to more of your vids!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

That is some amazing finger action in the middle - you look like "The Bionic Food Blogga!" :-) Can't wait to hear the one with the accent!

Kelly said...

THANK YOU!!!! That video was just what I needed!!!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh what a lovely cookie with pomogranates...bookmarked to immediate..hopefully...
The cookies so so good and i love this color but i doubt i'll get this lovely color if i use the dark brown sugar that i have..even my lite brown sugar is dark :-)))))
Love the ever so slightly cracked look ..tells me they are a crunchy kind....

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I think you did a beautiful job with the video Susan. You're a natural.

Abby said...

So cool! I can handle two minutes. I'm going to try a pomegranate this year. Definitely adding it to my list!

(PS. Love your haircut!)

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I love the idea of little videos like this since I learn best by seeing it. I will be making those cookies just as soon as I can find some good pomegranates here in TN and then shipping a tin to my dietician SIL who will LOVE the chocolate, nut, pom. combination!

Cheers! Beck

Daisy said...

I didn't know it was that easy! Great and simple video.

Blue Bicicletta said...

OK, that was brilliant on so many levels---I mean a white shirt and a pomegranate on video!!? Wow. I am impressed. I have ruined many a shirt while eating a pomegranate, so I can't wait to try this out. Also, it was great to see you in person! The recipe looks amazing too--I've only ever eaten pomegranates raw, so I'll have to give it a try.


Half Baked said...

Great video! I usually end up with juice all over the place! The cookies look delish as well:)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Love the video, and keeping that white shirt white is impressive!

Le Flâneur Novice said...

You go girl! :))) I do enjoyed the video!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Great video - you are too cute. And yummy-looking cookies!

Patricia Scarpin said...

You are just adorable, Susan - loved the video!
These cookies are wonderful - what a great idea to add pomegranate seeds too cookies. Yum!

Christine said...

What a joy it is to see you and your sweet personality on your blog! This is great, Susan. Keep it up.

kuishinbou@zakka&food said...

Hi! I've never thought of making cookies using pomegranate.
looks great and pretty.

You look great in video (^^)

Elizabeth said...

Wow! This is one of the top three "how to" tips ever (cubing a mango and deseeding an avocado are my other two)! I have a pomegranate tree in my backyard and had no idea how to get the seeds from the fruit...thank you so much!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

These are beautiful. I've never baked anything with pomegranate arils. Cool idea. Happy New Year :)

lisaiscooking said...

I love the underwater seeding method! And, these cookies sound fantastic.

Janet Rudolph said...

How healthy, too! Pomegrantes and chocolate!! Can't wait to try this, and thanks for making it so easy!

Cara said...

Never thought about putting pomegranite seeds in cookies. Thank you!

Manggy said...

You are a natural! :) I love your voice too, it's very (and I hope you consider this a compliment) Giada-like, actually. Never had a real pom before so thanks for the lesson! :)

tracieMoo said...

Sounds delicious! I love your blog :)

Maria said...

Fabulous cookie creation!

Claude-Olivier Marti said...

they looks great! And you have a very nice blog, nice to find you ;-) cheers! Claude

Kitchen Butterfly said...

So, recently bought my first pom and had some in couscous and now this......I think I'll have to try them with white chocolate!!!!!!!! Lovely! Have a blessed 2010!

Marcia H said...

wonderful, now I'll have a clean shirt and my baby can have tons of this wonderful fruit - she just loves it.

by the way, you look far better than Jamie. No, you look wonderful

and I love the necklace!


Unplanned Cooking said...

I love videos! Makes it so much easier to understand, and much simpler than instructions seem.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

teachercooks-Wonderful! I hope your students like it!

happycook-Yup! And they're delicious.

amanda-Not anymore! :)

karen-Oh, thank you so much!

TW-You didn't know I had that bionic skill, did ya?

kelly-Yay! You're welcome!

vanillastrawberry-Yes! And farmers tell me the cracked ones are the ripest and most flavorful too.

val-That's sweet of you to say.

abby-Thanks! (I had just gotten it cut!)

beck-That's great to hear, actually. Feedback is always helpful.

daisy-It really is easy.

nicole-I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Now you can wear your white shirt while eating poms without a worry in the world.

paula-The cookies are really great.

lydia-It helps illustrate the point!

bbb-Thank you!

tastyeatsathome-You are too sweet!

patricia-I hope you try them as I know you love to bake with unusual ingredients.

christine-You always leave such thoughtful comments. Thank you.

zakka-Well, I hope you give it a whirl now! Thanks too!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

elizabeth-Yay! That makes me so happy! Mangoes and avocados are good ones too.

erica-They are pretty cool.

lisa-I'm glad you like it!

janet-It's my pleasure!

cara-Now you can!

mark-I'll take it as a compliment, for sure! (so will Jeff) ;o

tracimoo-Why, thank you!


claude-olivier-Nice to find you too. Thanks!

kitchen butterfly-Your first pom? That's so exciting! Really. You're going to love them.

marcia-How sweet of you to say. Thanks! I just got that necklace in Austin. I love it too. :)

S said...

that is such an adorable video! i love the idea of pomegranate in biscuits. simply adore them.

Mardi Michels said...

Cute video! And I love the combination of chocolate and pomegranate - yum!

Hettar7 said...

I love pomegranates, but I'd never thought to make a cookie out of them before. I'll have to give it a go. Thanks for posting.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Mmmm why have I never thought about baking with pomegranate? That was a good idea for a video, most people have no clue how to get in there :-)

Also - you write for NPR right?...I'll be on On Point in two weeks! Very excited! How did you get involved with them?

Johanna GGG said...

entertaining and informative vid - and delicious cookies - am looking forward to the day we can send them through the computer to taste a la willie wonka - now that would be a great use of technology

janelle said...

Susan you are awesome! Way to go live---I am so proud of you! Okay next up will you slice up an artichoke for me;)?

Soma said...

Fresh pomegranates in cookies - how awesome. My daughter eats one whole pomegranate at one sitting! I do not get much opportunity to do much with the fruit! But for cookies she will spare some I am sure.

Anonymous said...

ah pomegranate arils and chocolate. I see you were inspired by my Christmas mendiants! I'd never think to put them in a cookie though. Great idea

Jeanne said...

Look at you, foxy lady! I must say, I did do a double take when you arrived on screen to de-seed a pomegranate wearing white/cream.... ;-) The cookies look awesome - I never seem to know what the heck to do with pomegranates when I do have them - but now I do! (btw, I love your bracelet!!)

Siri said...

Just the other day I thought to myself, what can I do that's different with these pomegranate seeds? My boyfriend said, bake cookies, and I laughed at him. Now, I will make these and pray to god he doesn't remember that incident so I can claim they were my idea. Thank you!!!

Mariya said...

Came across your blog from Food 52 and really like this video. So cute! Also, a really great twist on chocolate chip cookies! Great idea =)

Tania said...

I just made the cookies, and I love them. Thanks!