March 12, 2011

# Cookies # Drinks

A Bake Sale and Coconut Hot Chocolate

Before my post today I want to say how sad I am about the earthquake in Japan. About a year and a half ago I went to Japan for three months as an exchange student. I have not been able to contact my host family but luckily they live in a part of Japan that was not affected.
I love Japan so my heart has been broken due to this tragedy. All my prayers go out to Japan and those affected by this disaster.

On a lighter note, this week I participated in my first bake sale! I was so excited. I love bake sales. Nearly every day there is one somewhere at my university. I never was asked to participate in one until a couple weeks ago. Of course I immediately said I would help out.


I decided to make chocolate whoopie pies with vanilla butter cream from Whoopie Pies: Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes. This is a great recipe book. It gives you filling and cookie recipes to choose from so that you can customize your own whoopie pies! There are also several recipes for gluten and vegan pies so everyone can enjoy them.

It took all my self control to not eat copious amounts of batter

Whoopie pies are a wonderful creation. They are basically two soft cake-like cookies sandwich with a sweet creamy filling. Just like cakes you can hold in your hands!

Watashi no hotto chocoreto (My hot chocolate)

The response from my whoopie pies at the bake sale was great! I sold every last one. One person even bought two.

A steaming cup of vegan hot cocoa
To go along with the whoopie pies I saved for myself I made coconut hot chocolate!

Coconut Hot Cocoa

1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2-1 tbsp maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk vigorously until everything is combined
Bring to a boil and simmer for a bit while whisking
Carefully taste test your cocoa and adjust accordingly
Remove from heat and pour into mugs
Drink up!

Another great addition is a spoonful of natural peanut butter. It makes it even creamier! And you know I love peanut butter.


  1. Your whoopie pies are wonderful! I think I had my first one last week (it was two chocolate chip cookies with some kind of creamy filling between them, does that count?) and it.was.amazing. I'm practically salivating just thinking about it! Come cook for me? ;)

  2. I'm just a little bit obcessed with coconut milk right now! I'm lovin on your recipe!! ♥- Katrina

  3. yum!! I have got to be the only person on the planet who has never tried a whoopie pie! I will have to change that soon!

    And I have been seriously obsessed with coconut lately, so your hot cocoa sounds amazing!!

  4. I hope your host family is alright. Everyone in Japan and in the other effect areas have been in my prayers. Your whoopie pies look great! I've made them homemade before and while they are a lot of work, it's so worth it. I'm sure they went over really well!

    Have a lovely day!

  5. I love whoopie pies! I hope your host family is alright.

  6. Oh what a great sweet treat! My heart also goes out to the people in Japan. My best friend is teaching English over there. Thanks for sharing your creativity in the kitchen. Your words, recipes and photos always bring a big smile to my face. Have a great Monday!

  7. I love whoopie pies! Great idea for a bake sale :)

    hope you hear from your host family soon!

  8. Can you believe I have never tried coconut milk? I have issues, I know. That recipe sounds so so delicious though!! I am totally going to buy some coconut milk and try it!

  9. oo I love bake sales, too! I have that recipe book and have made a couple of their whoopie pies. I'm intrigued by the carrot cake whoopie by but haven't made it yet. I love some of the crazy concoctions it suggests in the book!

  10. i hope you're able to get in touch with your host family soon. it really is a tragic time =(

    those whoopie pies are so adorable!

  11. Bakesales are sooo much fun! We used to have tons of them in high school! Love the whoopie pies!

  12. :( i hope that you were able to contact your host family.

    i've always wanted to make whoopie pies!
    yours look divine! :)

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