Christmas in July

Sleigh bells are most certainly not ringing on this sweltering day, but in a summer state of mind, the ice cream truck’s cheerful jingle could happily suffice. Christmas in July is a phenomena that has not yet truly caught on in the US, typically reserved as a poor excuse to go on shopping sprees or drink a few too many cocktails by the beach. The lack of decent holidays through the hottest months of the year has me searching high and low for new events to celebrate, anything to shake up the monotony of one hot and busy day after another, so I say it’s high time we start getting into the spirit. Build a “snowman” on out of sand, string lights onto a palm tree, make gingerbread baked inside oranges over the campfire! If you can find an indoor rink, now is the best time to go ice skating, too; shockingly empty of other skaters, it’s the perfect chilly respite from a 100-degree afternoon.

Better yet, serve up some peppermint-mocha whoopie pies.

Though they do require quick use of the oven, the sweat will be worthwhile, since the end results are satisfyingly sweet and cooling. A spinoff on my Peppermint Mocha Trifles from Vegan Desserts, this hand-held version is ideal for speedy baking and on-the-go eating. Just make a half batch of everything, adding 3/4 cup of flour to the cake portion. Instead of pouring the cake batter into a baking dish, scoop it out onto a silpat-lined baking sheet, using a small cookie scoop for consistent shapes. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees, until just lightly browned around the edges, and let cool completely. Spread your chilled chocolate custard between two cookies, and then roll the edges in crushes candy canes. Voila, a miniature, portable trifle- With a touch of summery Christmas spirit!

This will make you approximately 36 individual cookies, and thus 18 finished whoopie pies. Store the cake-like sandwiches in the fridge for maximum refreshment, or in the freezer to make mock-ice cream sandwiches. Be sure to eat them quickly once the peppermint candies have been added- As evidence by my photo, the can melt quickly due to the moisture and heat. Plus, I can’t imagine anyone being able to resist chowing down for that long!

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26 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. You know, I just tried my first whoopie pie EVER (!!) at Whole Foods last week…they had some vegan ones for $1.99 and I decided it was high-time to try one. It didn’t disappoint at all, but I have a feeling that peppermint-mocha will be 10 times more delicious! Thanks for bringing a little wintertime joy in July!!

  2. yummeeee.. give me them whoopie pies anytime.! That reminds me that i have to check out your book on hubbs unused kindle!

  3. Oh yeah, finally, someone who feels (as I do) Christmas can NEVER come to soon!! So sad all the ‘haters’ who say Christmas decorations in the store in August is “too soon” – Feh! Its NEVER to soon! Thanks so much for this post and recipe, you’ve got me all excited for the tinsel season!!

    KK at SugarBeams
    SugarBeams

  4. I am totally fine with turning on the oven in the sweltering heat, have no fear. And I’m also totally fine with peppermint mocha in July! Delicious treat.

  5. I always thought that “Christmas in July” was just a southern-hemisphere thing, which we started because it’s winter here and so we can do the traditional food without killing ourselves in the heat? Though my family always does it on 40C December 25th too :P

  6. Hi! All these foods look great! But I am a barb.i.q person, and I love my steak! I just wanted to say this all looks delish! But where r the new crochet patterns? My very first amigurumi that I made was your basic bird. Please make some more soon, u make adorable patterns! Thanks!

  7. I love the idea of Christmas in July and this whoopie pie is just perfect for the celebration.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Hannah :-)

  8. This made me smile from the get go; I am already dreaming of a white christmas… crazy right?! I love peppermint, and turning the oven on almost always results in something worth the extra sweat.

  9. Since I was a kid, very July I’ve wished I were in Australia so I could join in on the Christmas in July celebrations, lol! Love the idea of these whoopie pies — what a great flavor combo!

  10. You’re absolutely right about not enough celebrations in summer. Great use of my leftover candy canes that are still in my pantry!

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