Contributed by Carolyn from "Made Blog" Pictures have white chips but I prefer dark chips
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter--don't use margarine
1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening
3/4 cups White Sugar
3/4 cups Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Salt
2 cups semi-sweet chips (i used half white chips half reg choc chips)
1 cup pomegranate seeds (1 Pomegranate is more than enough) My tip for seeding a pomegranate: cut in half than turn seed side down over a bowl and take all you frustration out on the big guy and beat it with a metal spoon. Less mess, cuts the time in half, and separates well from the pulp.
In a mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, 2 sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Beat the mixture on medium-high for a full 3 minutes--this is important. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine it with the butter mixture and mix till everything is incorporated.
Add the pomegranate seeds and chocolate chips.
Dump in the chips and seeds and mix briefly to incorporate everything. A few seeds may burst while mixing but that's fine.Scoop the dough into 12 small balls on a cookie sheet with wax paper and bake at 350* for 10mins. An of course enjoy these melt in your mouth cookies!