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

November 30, 2013 · 97 comments in 'How to's,Cookies

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

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had an awesome Thursday! I made rugelach (Alice Medrich’s dough) with loads of different fillings -

apricot jam, bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee

cashew butter, almond extract, raspberry jam

raspberry jam, desiccated coconut

apricot jam, caster sugar, ground cloves + cinnamon

…in case you were wondering. (I’m also making that note for myself because they were DELICIOUS filling combos. Pat on my own back. woohoo)

and of course MAPLE PECAN PIE. Favourite dessert. HeeelllLO.

Homemade Pomegranate Salt

My mum (who p.s. made all the pretty ceramics I used in this post) also 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 BEAUTEOUS. 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 – duh.

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

Also guys, it’s the FIRST OF DECEMBER tomorrow. And I think we all know what that means.

It will officially be  the holiday season!

Non-stop ultra-warm jumpers, watching Love Actually, drinking pepperminty hot chocolate, scarves (so many scarves) and Christmas music for cooking/dancing/cycling. YEAH.

But also erm, cookies, or as Carey has put it ‘full-on holiday treat mode’ – agreed.

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

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. I like how the oats gives them some nubbly texture and also a bigger protein/fiber boost. Mo’ health, mo’ cookies, you know it. Plus it also makes them conveniently wheat free so I can feed them to everyone I know, heh heh heeehhh.

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. Cookie let down, major town. The baking soda also normally makes things spread more, so because I used powder I got cute little plump cookies :D

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}

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

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.

http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/11/chocolate-dipped-peanut-butter-cookies-with-pomegranate-salt-gf.html

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: about 20 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.

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

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.

http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/11/chocolate-dipped-peanut-butter-cookies-with-pomegranate-salt-gf.html

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

That pomegranate salt is too fun! Plus, these cookies look fabulous. Yum!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

It is SO fun!! Thanks Katrina

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Jennifer @ Delicieux December 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

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.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

It totally was :) Yess the contrast is why I used super dark chocolate. Thanks Jennifer

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Gaby @ NutellaIsMaFella December 1, 2013 at 12:21 am

MAKING THAT SALT NOW

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

DO ITTT

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Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate December 1, 2013 at 12:34 am

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

Haha, please do! The colour is my fave thing about it

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Daisy December 1, 2013 at 1:33 am

Absolutely beautiful!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

thanks Daisy!

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker December 1, 2013 at 2:18 am

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

For defs :) Thanks Belinda

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Johanna GGG December 1, 2013 at 2:46 am

wow those look amazing – would make stunning gifts too

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

Thanks Johanna, that’s just what I was thinking!!

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Billy December 1, 2013 at 4:40 am

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.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

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).

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Nicola Galloway December 1, 2013 at 6:15 am

Wow the colour, you are genius. And love that the cookies are GF too so I can eat them!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thanks Nicola :)

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Sophie December 1, 2013 at 7:10 am

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

Sparkles are the convincer here haha
Thanks Sophie

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Sini | my blue&white kitchen December 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

It’s a totally cool xmas present. I would be psyched to get pomegranate salt as a gift! Thanks Sini

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Antonia @ Health Inspirations December 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

Yesss, it looks a bit like crushed candy canes! Thanks for the pin, Antonia :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thanks Lauren!
Mmm yes the salt is perfect with the chocolate and pb, it adds the perfect little kick

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Lauren @Sweet & a Dash of Savory December 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Sound so good and your photos are gorgeous as always!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thanks so much Lauren!

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Millie December 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Looks amazing!! Pink salt? What what WHAAAT?!? Looks like an aiming pretty gift too! :)

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

haha thanks Millie!

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Ashley December 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thank you Ashley! haha :)
ps. My mum reads all the comments on my blog, she says thank you!

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ThisBakerGirlBlogs December 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Pomegrante salt? GENIUS!!! And such gorgeous cookies, too :)

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

heheh thanks girl!!

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Abbie December 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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!!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

ALL CAPS FOR POMEGRANATE SALT
Thanks for the pin Abbie!

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Elizabeth December 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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….

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

I have a thing for dipping cookies into chocolate :) Thanks Elizabeth

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carey December 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

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!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

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

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Natasha December 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

WHOA pom salt sounds crazy good. I’m going to have to get on these soooooooon.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks Natasha! Hop on this pom salt bandwagon

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Marisa December 2, 2013 at 12:32 am

Do you taste the pomegranate in the salt, or is it purely for looks?

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

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 :)

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit December 2, 2013 at 12:46 am

PINK SALT. AND HOLIDAYS!
It’s truly the season of all caps.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

WELL OF COURSE!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

These are gorgeous cookies, I love the pom salt!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

thank you Laura!

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Katy December 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

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.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

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

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Elisa December 2, 2013 at 2:48 am

Seriously the most BEAUTIFUL cookie I have ever laid eyes on.
Genius.
xx

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

Aww thank you Elisa! :)

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Kevin @keviniscookin December 2, 2013 at 3:23 am

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.

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thank you so much Kevin!

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Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks December 2, 2013 at 3:44 am

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

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thanks Jessica :)

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thecitygourmand December 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

A little bit of genius right there!

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Izy December 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

heh heh thank you!

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Emma Galloway December 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

LOVE these Izy!

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode December 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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?

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Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com December 3, 2013 at 12:55 am

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.

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Bec {daisy and the fox} December 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

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! :D

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Wedding Cookie Cutters December 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

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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Katie December 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

How oh how do you come up with these incredible ideas?!

yummy!

Katie <3

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Adam December 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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

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cindy December 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 4, 2013 at 3:41 am

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.

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Linda December 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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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Trisha December 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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

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anna@annamayeveryday December 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

That pomegranate salt is beautiful, the most fabulous colour – love it.

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Tess Ward December 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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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sara December 9, 2013 at 12:16 am

This looks SO good – that hot pink salt is totally amazing!!

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Amanda M December 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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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Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes December 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

That pomegranate salt is amazing!!

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Deirdre December 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

Pomegranate salt adds such lovely colour contrasting with the chocolate!

Deirdre @ thekitschcook.blogspot.com

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Rosie January 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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

http://www.notesofbacon.blogspot.co.uk

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Kristan@the-broken-bread January 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

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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Fatemah@SaffronPudding February 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

OMG pomegranate salt..so innovative and strange yet it makes so much sense !

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