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It’s been one of those weeks where I realized that if I don’t come up with some seriously varied and entertaining indoor activities to do with Lilly, it will be a very long winter! What I really need to do is keep a file of ideas and have everything I need on hand so I can be armed and ready for those extra long winter days. What? Winter days are shorter than summer days? I’m sorry. You must be mistaken. Those of us with toddlers know that winter days are most certainly longer. Time slows down when you have kids cooped up inside. It’s a scientific fact.

Today I decided to try out one of the ideas I found on pinterest.com.  Lilly and I would go “fishing” for magnetic alphabet letters.  (Right now, you’re annoyed because you thought this blog was about cookies. Don’t worry…I’m getting there.) After dropping Trinity off at school I got out everything I had previously organized for our activity. Lilly LOVED it!

For 4.7 minutes.

Then she was bored. Hm. You know what ELSE I saw on pinterest.com yesterday? The most amazing looking Double Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies!

I have a well documented problem of purchasing inappropriate amounts of produce that I find pretty, fun, and yummy. Most recently it was Pomegranate Arils from Costco. We love to put them on yogurt or sprinkle them on salads. The problem is that when you use them 2 tablespoons at a time and you have 3 cups of arils, they tend to go bad before you can use them all. So you see, making Double Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies was the responsible thing to do. I hate for food to go to waste. AND I would still be a good mom. Lilly could sit on one side of the counter while I work and have her own “work bowl.” It’s a win, win!

This recipe is from a fellow blogger: dana-made-it.com  I use the term ‘fellow’ loosely since I’m nowhere near her world. She has 9,457 more followers than me, so I figured she must have mad skills. I figured correctly. These cookies are amazing! Rich, chewy, dark chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and then a burst of pomegranate flavor as you bite through one of those arils. You will not be disappointed. I have copied her directions and added my own pictures.  Here is a picture of what is to come:

Double Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen
bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes

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 prefer mixing 1/2 bag of semi-sweet and 1/2 bag of milk chips)
1 cup pomegranate arils (those red seeds. 1 Pomegranate is more than enough) (For an easy way to remove arils see the blog post ‘If It’s Good Enough For Alton Brown’ in the ‘This and That’ category of sarahsjoys site.) 

In a Kitchenaid mixer (or in a bowl with a handmixer) 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. 

While stopping to scrape down the bowl, the beater just looked so yummy! I had to take a picture.

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 (or 1 bag of chips). And I prefer using a mixture of semi-sweet and milk chips. Dump in the chips and arils and mix briefly to incorporate everything. A few seeds may burst while mixing but that’s fine.

I call dibs on licking the spoon!

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!

I was going to move the panther and then I thought maybe I should just keep it real. Welcome to my world! Delicious cookies in the foreground, Lilly’s favorite toy (Nathan’s Skeletor Panther from the 1980’s) in the background!


And what of Lilly? Well….

I gave her a bowl with some ingredients to stir:She thought eating them was better!

And while she did enjoy the end results of our labor:She felt they might be improved with the addition of goldfish crackers: