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.  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!
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • *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!

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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. Lovely! Do the seeds soften at all in the cookies? I love pomegranates, but I have a hard time biting into those seeds with their hard little center!

  3. Totally saving this recipe= poms are a favorite of mine. I can only imagine how delish these are!!!

  4. Ooh YUM. Have mastered the chocolate chunks will now have to dish up the white chocolate version! Sounds like you had a very tasty Saturday…

  5. 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!

  6. My son loves pomegranates so I will have to make these for him. Generally he just eats them and I never get a chance to cook with them. Beautiful!

  7. Confession: I have never had a pomegranate!! Insanity. These cookies look awesome, I will definitely need to break in a pomegranate in my kitchen 🙂

  8. Awesome! I definitely need to make these soon seeing how I have an obsession with pomegranates and cookies with white chocolate in them 🙂

  9. I’ve always wondered what would happen if I tried to bake some arils into cookies. This white chocolate/pom combo is genius!

  10. This is a perfect idea for my leftover pomegranate! Thanks so much for sharing these cookies, Maria. They look absolutely delicious.

  11. Hmm… heavenly! I love pomegranates too! When I was in college we used to stop by a friend’s house after church just for the fruit. This recipe sure is a winner. Got to try it!

  12. You never cease to amaze me! What a terrific combination this is. I love pomegranates too and finding a use for them in baking is so great.

  13. Those are gorgeous cookies. I am loving that picture of the balls of dough though- I just wanna pop one in my mouth!

  14. this is amazing combination of whitce chocolate and pomegranate! it’s amazing I am sure it taste fabulous for this christmas!

  15. 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!

  16. Good advice on the tuck of the aril. I too adore pomegranates and eat them every day at this time of year.
    This is a great idea for a cookie. Can’t wait to try.

  17. Wow! My husband is obsessed with pomegranate anything, so I’m sure we’ll be making these. They look great and very festive!

  18. 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. 🙂

  19. Yum, I love the chocolate and pomegranate combo. The arils are so pretty throughout the cookies.

  20. love pomegranates and have some arils i need to use up. think i could make these tonight, store them in an air-tight container, and they’d still be good on sunday when i want to serve them?

    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.

  21. I thought I had my Christmas desserts settled and you just had to throwthis one at me. Thanks a lot 😉

  22. You guys are killing me with your seasonally relevant cookies! These are beautiful. :o) I’ll have to make them and report back.


  23. This recipe would have sounded odd to me, until last night. Sam came home with blueberry, pomegranite, chocolate chunk ice cream. Wow, yum! These cookies will have to be made now!

  24. 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!

  25. 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)!

  26. These look delicious! I’m going to try it out in some regular chocolate chip cookies…. I’m sure it’ll still taste great!

  27. Maria, these cookies look too gorgeous to eat! I love the idea of using pomegranate arils! Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. 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!

  29. MMMM…! I love pomegranates. I do not like white chocolate though, so I’m going to try these with semi-sweet chocolate chips!

  30. Wow, I never would have thought of adding the arils to cookies. What a great idea and a great combo with the white chocolate.

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. You have got to be kidding me…these cookies look amazing! I love all of your cookie recipes. This one is perfect for the holiday season and I can’t wait to try it.

  35. Made these today – huge success!
    I might just reduce the amount of sugar just a tad next time – but nonetheless – NOMMYLISHOUS!!!

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. I followed a link over to here from the Brown Eyed Baker when I saw that you had made cookies with pomegranate. This has answered a question I’ve had but never tried myself. Would pomegranate arils hold up when cooked. It sounds like they do just fine. Now I need to get myself another pomegranate. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  40. 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

  41. 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!

  42. 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! 🙂 Thanks, Maria!

  43. 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….


  44. 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!

  45. Trying these cookies today…can’t wait to taste one! I’m in love with pomegranates these days and these look like a perfect combo!

  46. Love it! I just saw at Trader Joe’s the pomegranate seeds already removed-I think I’ll save some time and buy those. Thanks for the great idea!

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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!!

  50. I made these today and they are absolutely divine! Thankyou for posting up the recipe 🙂 I have linked you on my blog. Thanks again!

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. 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!

  54. 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!

  55. 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 🙂 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

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  57. 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!

  58. Omg! I used Mini semi sweet chocolate chips and they are amazing! Thank you for the recipe and inspiration yummy!

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  60. 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!

  61. 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! 🙂

  62. 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.

  63. How do you eat this?? Do you spit the seeds out? I’d imagine that would be difficult with the rest of the cookie..

  64. 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.

  65. 4 stars
    Sweet treat baked well. Only used 1/3 cup of the pomegranate arils putting 8 in each of the 30 cookies. Getting the arils from the pomegranate and placing them in the cookie is time consuming

  66. I had a self inflicted cookie disaster when I went to add my Pom seeds and realized they had spoiled (I had bought one of those containers of arils, not opened or expired but were definitely off). Salvaged with some dried cranberries and nuts but can’t wait to remake these as intended. The recipe itself and cookie base turned out great.

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