I love the weekends. I love bouncing around in my nightie until all hours of the afternoon with nothing on the agenda. Usually that turns into what-can-I-make-with-what’s-on-hand time, and I love that just as much as my nightie. Which is why I bake while in my nightie. Ahhh…I love weekends. Unfortunately for my favorite nightie and I, however, it is stained and torn and just not looking too hot. When Mr. Prevention gave me a once over and chuckled, I knew the nightie would have to be retired. R.I.P. favorite nightie. Hopefully Santa brings me a new one! And then I will adopt apron wearing to preserve my new nightie. 😉
Sob story aside, this recipe sounded amazing…and I just happened to have a pomegranate on hand. Sold!
Chocolate Fudge Pomegranate Cookies adapted from How Sweet It Is
1 cup (2 sticks)
butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup Splenda granular
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp pomegranate juice
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, then pomegranate juice and mix until combined.
Fold in chocolate chips and arils. Refrigerate dough for 2-4 hours (or more). When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350, roll into balls and set on baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Yield: 4 1/2 dozen (54 cookies).
Nutrition Information (per cookie): 77 calories; 4.2 g. fat; 12 mg. cholesterol; 35 mg. sodium; 9.3 g. carbohydrate; 0.9 g. fiber; 0.5 g. protein
Result: These were delicious — the chocolate and pomegranate are a wonderful combination! The cookies are fragile and break easily, but I’m okay with it because I know I altered the recipe a lot. I don’t think the whole wheat flour or the Smart Balance butter was the issue, but possibly the Splenda. I don’t think the recipe needs a whole cup of chocolate chips…they are very chocolaty with the cocoa powder. I am going to take some to work and see what people think; Mr. Prevention does give a thumbs up!
Cassie of A Pinch of This and A Dash of That tagged me to answer her 8 questions.
1.) What is your favorite magazine to read? Cooking Light. I know, I’m sooo predictable 🙂
2.) If you could develop/market a food product, what would it be? An oil lower in calories but still with plenty of healthy fat. I love oil, it adds texture, flavor, and body to cooking and baking, but it’s so darn high in calories!!
3.) Favorite Food Network show? I love Giada’s recipes most, but my favorite Food Network show is Down Home with The Neely’s — they are HILARIOUS!
4.) Clothing item you can’t live without? Hoodies. That was easy!
5.) Favorite thing about where you currently live? Ice-hockey. There are 175 adult hockey leagues and at least 10 sheets of ice around Columbus, I love it!! My team is a lot of fun, and I’m having a blast!
6.) Most memorable birthday? Definitely my 23rd birthday. I was living in Chicago completing my master’s and Mr. Prevention was living and working in Italy. I was napping at my parent’s house in the Lay-Z-Boy and I woke up to someone kissing me on the forehead. I opened my eyes and it was Mark (AKA Mr. P)! You can imagine my surprise, especially since there’s a 9 hour flight between Italy and Chicago! He had planned the surprise with my parent’s help and it was just perfect! We went to the Taste of Chicago and out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. 🙂
7.) Favorite holiday? This is one of those “favorites” that always changes! I love Christmas, though…the decorations, the music, the family, the food! It’s always a happy time of year!
8.) Where do you see yourself in five years? As a mom or soon-to-be mom (of a 2-legger) and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Outside of that, the sky is the limit!
I tag YOU! Share your responses to the above 8 questions! Copy and paste them into a comment and have at it! I love learning about you all! 🙂
I am working 8 of the next 9 days to flex my schedule in order to make it to Illinois for Thanksgiving. Gotta love not having vacation time when you start a new job 🙁 So if I’m not around much, you know why!
P.S. I have a few Q&A questions already, so I will plan another Q&A for later this week. Send your questions to me at [email protected]! Thank you!! 🙂