Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Homemaking Tip – Valentine Cookies

Cali told me about some double chocolate pomegranate cookies that she made. She said, “I think they may be my new favorite. They’re rich and then all of a sudden you get a splash of a pomegranate bursting. Even Ray (who doesn’t like chocolate) likes them.” I was excited to try them and was not disappointed. They were good.

Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

1 cube butter (no substitute)
½ cup butter flavor Crisco
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup (I say heaping) pomegranate seeds

Cream butter, shortening, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add chocolate and mix well. Add pomegranate seeds and mix carefully. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes.

I saw on pinterest to make two thumb indentations on thumbprint cookies instead of one to make a heart. Of course! What a great idea (and a whole lot easier than rolling sugar cookies). This is my friend Brenda’s recipe and it is one of my favorite three cookie recipes.


1 lb. butter (no substitute)
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 ½ cups flour
Strawberry or Raspberry Jam
Powdered Sugar Glaze

Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together. Add flour. Dough will be very stiff. Roll in 1 inch balls and make imprint with thumb. Bake dough at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and put jam in thumbprint. Bake another 10 minutes. Glaze while hot.

Have you got a favorite Valentine's Day cookie?


Cali said...


Your pictures of the cookies look so good. I would not be sad if you had those cookies in the cookie jar next week.

Casey Anderson. said...

Dear sister Payne,
I'm so glad that your blog is updated frequently. I am making a goal to make those cookies next week for the anatomy class that I am TA for. That will be much much fun.

Deidra said...

What's the measurement for pomegranate seeds? They both look good, but chocolate captivates me more.

I love sugar cookies, especially when someone else rolls, cuts and bakes them. I prefer decorating and eating them!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Ooops. Thanks Deidra. 1 cup (I say heaping) of pomegranate seeds.

Melinda said...

Theses look so good, my kids love pomegranate seeds, so I'm sure they will love these. They are still talking about the nut bars and when I will make more.

I love that story in your last post. Valentines day is a day of love for our family to, not just me and Jason. We never go out just the two of us. We stay home and have a family dinner by candle light and have a fun night with the kids.

michelle said...

I do not understand people who don't like chocolate.

I usually make heart sugar cookies for Valentine's day, but these ones look really good!!

Lyle and Mary: said...

I had a pomegranate sitting in my fridge wondering what to do with it. Now I know.
I remember Brenda's shortbread cookie, yum!