Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt {GF}

Homemade Pomegranate Salt

My mum (who p.s. made all the pretty ceramics I used in this post) made peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate and crushed walnuts….which is where the partial inspiration for these cookies came from!

I had been cutting a pomegranate in half last week and of course all the pomegranate juice went everywhere – I’m pretty sure I had some on my face – and some splashed into the salt bowl. It stained the salt a super pretty pink colour. Needless to say, when I saw it I dumped a bunch more pomegranate juice in because THAT PINK SALT IS BEAUT. And then I had to wrack my brains to think of a cool way to convince everyone else to make the salt by sprinkling it on stuff.

The stuff ended up being Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate!

Winter baking is the best, because standing in front of an oven is ah-mazing when you’re cold. It means I don’t leave the kitchen for that 10-minute-ish cookie baking period so I don’t burn things! (I have a tendency to sometimes abandon things in the oven and then become ‘timer-deaf’. It isn’t good)

3 reasons (salt sprinkling, holidays, oven-hand-warmer) to bake cookies now. Okay yep, I didn’t need any more convincing than that.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt {GF}

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt {GF}

The peanut butter cookies I made were slightly different to my mum’s – I halved the recipe, used butter instead of shortening and oat flour instead of all-purpose.

Homemade Pomegranate Salt

But also I used baking powder instead of baking soda. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I hate using just baking soda in things like cookies. I can taste it so strongly, it grosses me out. I mean, there’s no acid for it to react with so you just end up with this yellow residue and weird flavour. The baking soda also normally makes things spread more, so because I used powder I got cute little plump cookies 😀

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt {GF}

So seriously if the cookies haven’t convinced you to make the salt, it’s so gorgeous, you should just make it anyway. You can put it in a jar and gift it to people as is. It’s so SPARKLY and icy-looking. Ahhhh.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt {GF}

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

You can use an equal volume of all-purpose flour if you want. If you are intolerant to gluten, make sure you use certified GF oats in this recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar , (or demerara or brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup oat flour , (this is just oats ground up in a food processor until fine)
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Pomegranate salt , (see recipe above) or flaky salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the first 6 ingredients until smooth. Stir in the oat flour. Scoop tablespoons of dough onto the lined cookie sheet, spacing them about 2-inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden underneath and on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Melt (and temper if you want to) the chocolate. Dip one half of each cookie into the chocolate and place onto a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with some pomegranate salt (or normal flaky salt) and leave to set.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

Pomegranate Salt

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Ingredients

  • Maldon salt (or another flaky salt - might work with fleur de sel too)
  • Pomegranate juice

Instructions

  • Either get pomegranate juice from when you cut a pomegranate in half, from crushing some pomegranate arils (seeds), or store-bought pomegranate juice.
  • Use a spoon or pastry brush to splatter a piece of parchment paper with a little pomegranate juice. Sprinkle a few table spoons of salt over parchment paper and use a fork to gently stir. Splash on a bit more pomegranate juice if needed. Stir until all the salt is coated. Spread out out carefully over the piece of parchment paper and leave to dry.
  • Once dried, store in a small jar or bowl.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

108 thoughts on “Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt”

  1. Jennifer @ Delicieux

    What a wonderful accident! These cookies look so beautiful, and I love the contrast of the pretty pink salt against the dark chocolate.

    PS I love the bowl that you have the salt in. Your Mum is one talented lady.

  2. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    I am totally stealing this pomegranate salt idea! Killer colour and I can only imagine how good it tastes!

  3. Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    This salt is not simply for dessert but can make a fabulous season for savoury!
    Such killer styling as always!

  4. ohmygod. I need all of this! I want my hair to be that pink salt and I need dem cookies like whoa whoa whoa. Also: total ramona eyes for that small bowl the salt’s in. like major Ramona eyes.

    1. Pink salt hair – i want that too please (I have actually had pink dip-dyed hair before and it was the same colour as this salt haha).

  5. Um, hello. These are the most gorgeous cookies evahhhhh. Pink and sparkly? And chocolate and peanut butter? I’m in.

  6. Sini | my blue&white kitchen

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I may make this salt as Christmas presents. And those ceramics are adorable too.

  7. Antonia @ Health Inspirations

    That pomegranate salt sure looks pretty and festive. I’ll pin these so I can add them to my Christmas cookie “to-bake” list.

  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    That pomegranate salt is so pretty and sounds like a delicious compliment to the peanut butter cookies!

  9. I am in LOVE with your mom’s pottery. That black plate!! What a talented family. Not even sure what to say about these photos or this recipe….Stunning.

  10. OH MY GOSH IT’S SALT.
    SALT WITH POMEGRANATE JUICE.
    SALT THAT IS AMAZINGLY PINK AND GORGEOUS.
    SALT THAT IS AMAZINGLY PINK AND GORGEOUS IN A GLASS JAR.
    ……this post has made my day. amen.
    thank you.
    pinning!!

  11. I’ve been waiting to make peanut butter cookies and now you have pushed me over the edge. Dipping it in chocolate is out of this world. As always your photography and text is perfection. Adoring you from across the ocean….

  12. OMG…POMEGRANATE. SALT.

    So right in the middle of all my day-before-Thanksgiving prep on Wednesday I got a wicked craving for chocolate + salt + pomegranate, and I wound up making some ugly-but-delicious untempered mendiants. I think we must be on some sort of similar wavelength. (All that stuff ON cookies would have been even better, but I knew I’d snack on way too many and risk ruining the state of Maximum Hunger I was trying to achieve for Thanksgiving.)

    I cannot get over how beautiful that salt is. I thought candied herbs were the new sprinkles, but now I think it should be salt. Pink salt.

    Viva holiday treat mode!

    1. Uuum dude, totally on the same wavelength all the time.

      You know how you made those blue bottle cookies a while ago and then sandwiched them with jam and pomegranate? I WAS TOTALLY GOING TO MAKE THOSE and then sprinkle them with the pom salt but I thought the salt probably wouldn’t show up enough in the photos 🙁 buuut I think I will be making them soon for the christmas treat time

      Thanks Carey! candied herbs are awesome, I think I’ll probably end up with a collection of ‘alternative sprinkles’ soon including the candied herbs and pomegranate salt and cacao nibs

    1. I find that the sharpness of the pom salt does add a slight edge to the salt – kind of making it more salty tasting than usual. It’s mostly for the colour though 🙂

  13. The pomegranate salt adds such a pretty touch to these cookies! I love using oat flour in cookies too, it’s great for a little extra fibre but doesn’t have that gritty-ness of whole wheat flour in baking. Beautiful job.

    1. Thanks Katy! I constantly have to grind huge batches of oats because I use oat flour so frequently. I love it’s nuttiness too 🙂

  14. Kevin @keviniscookin

    Izy these cookies look amazing and that beautiful Pomegranate salt tops it off perfectly. Well done! Need to try this as soon as possible, thanks.

  15. Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks

    The salt is so beautiful and looks gorgeous on the cookies! Your mom’s ceramics are beautiful also!!

  16. Shikha @ Shikha la mode

    I love your writing style! And it it bad that I’ve already watched Love Actually twice, and December just started? All in the name of the holidays, right?

  17. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com

    Pomegranate salt?! What is going on? Why haven’t I heard of this before, and why aren’t I eating this on EVERYTHING?! You are a genius and I love it.

  18. Bec {daisy and the fox}

    these cookies look so goooooooood 🙂
    love the idea of the combo of chocolate, peanut butter and pomegranate – genius!
    gotta give these bad boys a go – thanks for the recipe! 😀

  19. Wedding Cookie Cutters

    I really love your cookies. And the colors which are used in its making just awesome . Also I came to know about the pomegranate salt. I actually heard about this salt first time. Thanks a lot for the share. 🙂 🙂

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  21. Your cookies are absolutely amazing and I love the pomegranate salt, that’s so different! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

  22. Your mum’s ceramics are so great! and that sugar…girl! The cookies are the perfect shape, I love a perfectly rounded, puffed cookie. Holiday baking for the win!

  23. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    You mom’s ceramics are gorgeous!! Can she open up an Etsy shop?! 🙂 You’re one lucky gal.

    This recipe (and all of the photos) are stunning, Izy! I’m so in love (like have a major crush) with that pomegranate salt. You are a GENIUS.

  24. Love the pictures as usual! I have a weakness for sparkly things. Like, majorly. That pomegranate salt is soooo pretty!! I think I’d want to keep it around in a jar just so I could hold it under the light. I mean, it can’t go bad can it? It’s just salt and pomegranate juice. Also, your mom’s ceramics are beautiful. You visited ABC Home, didn’t you? Where a single plate goes for $100. Your mom could make a killing!

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  26. I definitely wanna make these. really cool idea with teh pomegranate salt – it’s uber pretty x

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  28. The pomegranate salt is inspired.
    I might try it with some leftover frozen strawberries i’ve got from the summer.
    i’m thinking flecked over fluffy american pancakes with lots of maple syrup….. yummm.

    Good work chick 🙂 x

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  37. OOH! This is so cool! I’m thinking this would make great (and very unexpected) stocking stuffers. And how pretty would this look on salted caramels! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

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  40. Pomegranate salt adds such lovely colour contrasting with the chocolate!

    Deirdre @ thekitschcook.blogspot.com

  41. The first time I looked at your blog (yesterday) I never made it past the hazlenut fudge because I immediately went to buy the ingredients to make it. My second attempt and I come across this incredible concoction. So delicious/creative and beautifully photographed! I’m just starting out in the food blog world and will take so much inspiration from you! x

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  43. Kristan@the-broken-bread

    These cookies are beyond beautiful. And that salt! I am in love…. Beautiful recipe, amazing pictures.. You are insanely talented’1

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  56. I baked these cookies for my two toddlers. They love them and so do I. Thank you for the recipe! I have been trying to find some good oatmeal cookies. These will become regulars for our home.

  57. Becky | GlutenFreeCuppaTea

    The pomegranate salt makes these look beautiful, I love bringing colour into recipes, its makes a standard recipe into something more special!

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