Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Oatmeal cookies with pomegranate arils and white chocolate chunks! These festive cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie!

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie! #pomegranate #cookies #Christmascookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am so excited the holiday season is here. Of course, one of my favorite things about the holidays is baking. Β My baking list is very long this year so on Saturday I turned on the Christmas tunes and got started. To kick off the holiday baking season I made pomegranate white chocolate chunk cookies.

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies-Oatmeal cookies with pomegranate arils and white chocolate chunks! These festive cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie!

I adore pomegranates. They are such a unique and fun fruit. I eat as many as I can during the winter months. I recently bought a pomegranate to make a pomegranate salad, but this one never made it to the salad. I used it for a batch of cookies instead:) I thought the bright red pomegranate arils would be so pretty in a cookie and I was right! They really made these cookies pop with color and flavor. The pomegranate arils burst in your mouth and are a great compliment to the white chocolate chunks.

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookies!

If you are looking for a new Christmas cookie to try this year, make pomegranate white chocolate chunk cookies. They are fun, festive, and oh so delicious!

Check out my favorite holiday cookies from last year! I will be posting new holiday treat recipes throughout December, so stay tuned!

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Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The perfect Christmas cookies! The pomegranate and white chocolate are so festive!
5 from 1 vote
2 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
  4. Stir in the oats and white chocolate chunks. Make dough balls-about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie. Tuck about 6-8 pomegranate arils in each cookie dough ball. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. *Note-you can gently stir in the pomegranate arils, but I didn't want the cookies to turn pink at all. If you don't have white chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips will work as well. Enjoy!
Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie! #pomegranate #cookies #Christmascookies #whitechocolate

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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    1. The seeds soften a little bit after baking, but still have a burst of flavor. They didn’t get stuck in my teeth, but I wouldn’t mind if they did. These cookies are worth it:)

  1. These are just perfect- they look so holiday-ish with the red in them too. I baked this weekend too. I cannot wait for Christmas!

  2. didn’t get to bake this weekend (out of town) but excited to this coming weekend. But now I want to try these cookies but I know I’d be the only one eating them! Enjoy!

  3. Great minds think alike! I made cookies with POMs back in October. I thought they were really good. I used dark chocolate though. Maybe I’ll have to try white chocolate and oats too!

  4. These look great, Maria. I love white chocolate cranberry cookies, and usually make them around this time of year. Maybe I’ll swap those with your recipe. πŸ™‚

    1. Sorry, I just got your comments, they were going to my spam folder for some reason:( I wouldn’t make the cookies more than a day or two in advance-so the arils don’t get soggy and mushy.

  5. These look really good! I make a similar recipe using a mix of dried blueberries and cranberries. I have a friend who absolutely loves pomegranates, so I’m looking forward to baking her some of these cookies this weekend!

  6. Hi. I just wanted to let you know I made these yesterday for a little get together and they were a huge hit. Everyone loved them (especially me, I had a hard time not just eating the dough)!

  7. I just wanted to say I made these today and they were soooooooo good. I’m not even a big white chocolate fan but the tart from the pomegranate arils offset the sweet so well and I love the little bursts of juice. I’ll have pics up on my blog in a day or two. Thanks for posting this!

  8. There were absolutely AMAZING! This recipe is a keeper for sure. My husband, who is hard to please, said they were the best cookies he’s ever had. Yum!

  9. These were delicious – great recipe! I also browsed through last years group and made the Smores cookies. These were a ginormous hit with my friends and I had to promise, promise to bring them to this years cookie exchange. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  10. Made these cookies and LOVED them!! I brought them to work and they were gone in a flash– good thing I doubled the recipe when I made them. Thanks for the great recipe. These are my new favorite Holiday cookie.

  11. Hi, I got here via Michelle at Taste as You Go and her double chocolate recipe. They both look amazing and I’m so torn I think I’ll have to make both. I can’t wait to taste how the pomegranate goes with chocolate.

  12. Hi Maria and Josh,
    this is a very lovely cookie recipe :-)) I have no made up my mind yet, if I will share any of these cookies with friends and colleagues or if I will save for my self. Thank you for sharing this recipe

  13. Just made these cookies and they are SOOO good! The first pan I forgot to put the oatmeal in and it is good that was, too…but I do prefer the oatmeal. I stirred my arils in without any issue…just use a gentle hand! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Hi,
    When I first saw this recipe I knew I had to try it! So I went out and bought a ridiculously over-priced pomegranate. After cutting open the pomegranate I deseeded it over a bowl of water, dropping the seeds into the water, I then used a slotted spoon to fish out the seeds. I followed the recipe as is, but substituted half chopped chunks of white chocolate for half a cup of chopped chunks of dark chocolate. At first I rolled the cookie dough into balls then tucked in 6-8 seeds but found this to be so time-consuming and in Singapore hot climate my dough was getting sticky so out of frustration I tipped the pomegranate seeds back into the bowl and mixed it all together – because I had soaked it water earlier my dough didn’t become pink (thank goodness). Verdict: So sublimely delicious – the tartness of the pomegranate seeds are offset by the chocolate chunks and the oats add a delightful crunch! Thanks for sharing!
    – Kate

  15. I’ve been looking for a special dessert for this Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year), and when I came across this recipe I knew I could stop searching…pomegranates are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah, so these are perfect.

    They just came out of the oven and look BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to share them with friends tonight. Thanks for the idea!

  16. Just made these with my 2 year old son, Judah, to bring to daddy’s work for a visit. Such a hit! Judah was a big help in tucking the pomegranate arils into the cookie dough balls. He had a fun time eating just about every other aril, but I had a fun time watching him enjoy them! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Maria!

  17. OMG. I am so ready for cookies….but payday is SOOO far away and I have EVERYTHING I need right here right now for these!

    Thanks to How Sweet It Is for getting me on the cookie road and Food for My Family for freezing cookies tips.

    Off to soften the butter now….


  18. I know this recipe is from last year, so you probably won’t see this, but I had to compliment you anyway. I saw these cookies on your “favorites” list and decided to make them as thank-you gifts for the TA’s of the class I’m teaching, so they don’t hate me too much for asking them each to grade 55 term papers. Of course, I had to test a few myself. . .just to make sure they came out OK. . .and they were amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. These are fabulous! When I make them again, I will only reserve only 1/2 – 1/2 cup for the cookies, 1 cup was way too much. Delicious and pretty.

  20. I was a little bit skeptical about how these were going to turn out but I really wanted to try them… THEY ARE SO GOOD. Deliciously tangy and sweet all at the same time — so yummy!

  21. I made these yesterday, and they turned out PERFECT. We live @ 7500ft. in CO, so I added a couple of scant T of flour, but I see you are in Salt Lake, so maybe didn’t need to? Either way, they are nice and fluffy with a bit of crunch on the outside.

    I think these might be the best cookie I’ve ever had. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!

  22. This was AMAZING! I INTENDED to make these for company, but by the time I stopped myself from “tasting”, they are almost all gone! I’ll be whipping up another batch soon!

    1. You can flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand or a spatula before baking. I always bake with a Silpat baking mat too, which helps them bake evenly.

  23. I’m about to make these because I have leftover pomegranate arils that need to be used but I’m wondering if I could freeze some of the dough balls or maybe just freeze the finished product? What do you think? Have you tried either? I just don’t have any use for that many cookies right now! Thanks in advance!

    1. I freeze a lot of cookie dough and cookies and most freeze just fine. I haven’t tried these though. I am not sure how the arils would freeze. Let me know if you try it!

  24. I made these for friends this weekend and they were a huge hit! We all LOVED how chewy they are. I used quick oats and white chocolate chips, and tucked in the pomegranate seeds as suggested. Next time (and there will definitely be a next time!) I will flatten them a little bit before cooking!

  25. Thank you sooo much for sharing this delicious recipe!! I made these cookies over the weekend and the cookies were so so good. My dad even said they’re the best cookies he can ever remember having (and he has had A LOT of cookies in his lifetime :P). The cookies turned out just how yours look and were absolutely fantastic. This is a recipe I will DEFINITELY be making again and again!

  26. Made these delicious cookies tonight.. They don’t look quite as picturesque as yours but they taste great! After a couple balls I just poured the rest of the Pom seeds into the mix & gently hand mixed them into the batter & none turned pink πŸ™‚ Also I normally don’t like eating Pom seeds alone bc of the seeds inside but baked into the cookies I didn’t even notice them or if I did I just considered them to be like nuts in any other cookie you eat

  27. absolutely delicious! I made these a bit smaller, which yielded 3-4 dozen. They were perfect with about 4-5 arils in each one. they were a huge hit at the christmas party I hosted. this recipe will be passed along – thanks!

  28. I tried these cookies as part of my home-made gift giving this year. I did’nt realize how popular they would be! Everyone(and that includes people that were given one when visiting my friends) Loved them! I am now making them for my youngest daughter and her husband(both grandkids Addison and Even)and an old friend who stopped by. Anyone who had one wanted me to make them for them-yikes Lol! I had some minneolas from New Years and put a small amount in my last batch.Just a Tiny bit and they were fabulous!! Decided not to share those! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!! Happy holidays!

  29. Just found this recipe when googling “pomegranate white chocolate” because I was thinking of trying to dye white chocolate (for cookies) using pomegranate juice. I try to avoid food dye (especially red & yellow) but wanted to make some festive Valentine’s cookies for a party. I think I might intentionally burst a few arils in the batter so they FO turn out pink, then plant the rest into the dough balls for the “burst” when you eat them. So excited to try this! Thanks for the recipe & Happy Valentine’s Day! πŸ™‚

  30. I just made these and mine spread a bit more than yours did; I was expecting a more soft and chewy cookie, but mine are a little crispy on the edges. But I think I actually like this texture better, and they’re incredibly delicious! Definitely the best variation on an oatmeal cookie that I’ve ever baked.

  31. I love cookies and will try your recipes. I live in Asia so we seldom have pomgrenates. Will dried cranberries be a good substitute?
    Thank you.
    More power.

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