Raspberry Chocolate Hand Pies


Do you know what mends a heart that breaks fifty times a day?  Me neither.  But these raspberry chocolate hand pies are certainly giving it a good college try.  I apologize in advance for what may come of this blog in the next week.  Carlos has taken a turn and is in his final days.  It feels like he arrived here and his body said “ok, I can start to let go now”.  But more on that later.  For now, there are these.  They’re vegan.  They’re delicious, cute, and easy to whip up.  And everyone deserves to feel their love.  xx- Sarah

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Raspberry Chocolate Hand Pies

Yield: 8 5" hand pies

Raspberry Chocolate Hand Pies


  • For the Filling:
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • light squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons succanat
  • For the Crust:
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, more for rolling
  • 1 tablespoons sucanat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons ice water


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine raspberries, two tablespoons of Sucanat, a squeeze of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of flour. Lightly mash the raspberries and mix together. Set aside.
  • To prepare the dough, combine the flours, 1 tablespoon Sucanat, and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add coconut oil and pulse until mixture starts to form pea size bits. Add in water, continuing to pulse until dough forms into a ball. Be careful not to over-mix! Add additional water, one tablespoon at a time, if needed.
  • Roll dough ball on a lightly floured surface, until it is 1/8" thick. Using a 4" round cookie cutter cut circles, rolling them just a little bit more flat before topping with raspberries and chunks of chocolate. Top with an additional round of crust and secure the sides using a fork.
  • Pierce the tops with a fork and place on a silpat lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges start to lightly brown.
  • Remove and set on a wire rack. Serve warm!

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Reader Comments

  1. Brittany|

    I don’t know what mends a broken heart either, but I do think that these chocolate raspberry hand pies will help. That and hugs — lots of hugs. Sending a big virtual one your way. xoxo

  2. Jennifer|

    They look delicious just like everything else you make! Sending you lots of love and strength! xo

  3. Hazel|

    Everyday I think of you and your family, I pray Carlos isn’t in too much discomfort and that You and Lou are dealing with this all O.K sending you lots of hugs and positive energy , lots of love. Xx

    • Sarah Yates|

      Thank you so much Hazel, that is so sweet of you. We’re hanging in the best we can. These days are diffiicult but so precious. Thank you, thank you. xx

  4. Corina nika|

    ahah i feel so stupid coming every time here and commenting like “Oh God” but really, you keep posting amazing recipes.. i mean raspberries? wow 🙂

    • Pankaj|

      Ok so I’ve never ever heard of this little cakey thing befroe, but it looks delicious! I love cute little sweet treats, so definitely going to try these at some point 🙂

  5. Samantha|

    Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for running my favorite blog! It’s the first site I check every day, and I’ve bookmarked at least half of your recipes and style posts. I appreciate that you talk about your struggles too. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts right now. Sam

  6. sarah|

    i think the only thing that mends a broken heart is time, and love, and spending time with the people you love. also known as exactly what you are doing. i’ve found your last few posts so inspiring, powerful, and all around wonderful. you are finding beauty in one of the ugliest of moments, and to do so takes some serious strength. sending you the biggest of big hugs.

  7. Rachel|

    I’m still trying to figure out what mends a broken heart but I think these are a good start! Sending you love and light and a virtual hug!


  8. Geri|

    Dear Sarah,
    My heart goes out to you and Lou. I think about you two all the time. I just love how you have taken this whole unfair path that Carlos has had to endured and turned it into such a beautiful and loving journey. I lost my dad 14 years ago to a very aggressive (6 months total) prostate cancer. I spent every possible minute with him but I can’t say as I handled it very we’ll. I was scared. Scared of not having him in my life anymore and scared of being with him when he left this earth. Not knowing what to expect was daunting. The day did come that I said my goodbye. I was right there holding his hand and stroking and kissing his forehead. When he took his last breath, a total peace came over me, and I knew he would always be with me. It was the most precious and beautiful moment and I’m so happy I was with him. Praying that Carlos is at total peace xoxo

  9. Geri|

    By the way…. I love all the photos you have taken of Carlos. He is darling. I especially loved the one of him in the street. What a beautiful smile.

  10. Steph|

    My heart goes out to you! It is never easy to say good by to someone we love deeply, he is so very blessed to be with you guys in his final days. My mom is a hospice nurse and the most common thing everyone wants is to have there loved ones by their side. He will be free and looking over you guys : ) xOx

  11. Tameeka|

    Thank you for being so selflessly dedicated to us, your readers, during your difficult time Sarah. I’m sending you and your family lots of strength and serenity. Hugs!

  12. Caitlin|

    sarah <3 my heart is with you. i'm glad you made these beautiful, magical hand pies, if only for a temporary respite for what is going on right now. and don't worry about writing about it on the blog, we all care and want to be there for you and your family <3

  13. Lauren|

    Oh, Sarah, I am so so very sorry for you, Lou, and Carlos… He is so lucky to be with you both right now. Sending virtual hugs and strength your way.