Cookies can help #bloggersforjapan

March 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Daily Life | 5 Comments
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Image courtesy of ShelterBox.

As many of you will know from Twitter, we’ve been busy in the kitchen this morning making cookies to raise money for the disaster relief efforts after the truly shocking earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

We’ve sold lots at our local children’s centre and more door to door.  We’ve only had one door with a no thank you so far, and it all does help.  We’ve sold 14 bags at £2 each so far which may not sound a great deal but everything we collect is going to ShelterBox who will help those affected by the disaster.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT), made up of team members from the UK, Australia, France and the USA, were one of the first international teams on the ground after the earthquake. Mark Pearson (UK) and Lasse Petersen (AU) are currently travelling to the worst affected areas and expect to be in Sendai today.

If you want to help and fancy following the baking theme, here is our chewy scoop cookie recipe courtesy of Waitrose.  We doubled it and made 100 cookies.

Preparation time:

15 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling

Cooking time:

15 minutes

Total time:

30 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling



  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 325g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 300g chocolate, a mixture of white, dark and milk, chopped into chunks
  • 100g hazelnuts, very roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Beat the butter and sugars together for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together; scrunch the salt over. Stir into the egg mixture to form a dough. Stir the chocolate and hazelnuts through, cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days to firm up. The flavours will deepen over time.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper and use an ice cream scoop (or a soup spoon) to form balls of cookie dough. Space these spheres out well – 6 in a batch is about right as they will spread – and bake for about 15 minutes, until pale golden. Leave to firm up on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks while you cook the next batch.


Please do what you can.  The scenes we’re used to seeing in movies are actually happening in Japan.  Look around your house at the dozens of toys, the happy family photos, the well stocked fridge.  These people have lost loved ones and their whole lives.

Every donation big or small will help people to recover and rebuild their lives.  Try to imagine if you had to do the same.

Please do what you can and use the #bloggersforjapan hashtag on Twitter.



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  1. What a great idea. Well done hon and I will be doing what I can. x

    • Thank you my love, would save one for you if they weren’t for charity!

  2. Thats a great and lovely idea 🙂 x

  3. Super idea, well done. You are so right, every penny does help.

    Mich x

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