Recipe for a Whoopee Pie Day

Wait until the sun is summer high,
On an orange day after someone has said,
Let’s go to the beach!”

Then, whir the mixer
And scrape the bowl.
Alternate wet and dry.
Breathe cocoa dust and fire up the oven.
Grease every pan you own —
Every one, because you will need them.

When warm chocolate air is pouring
Out your open kitchen window;

When every horizontal surface is hidden
Under cooling pans;

It is time to make the filling,
To pile it with mathematical precision
In a ratio of one to three:
on White
on Brown,
And everybody smiles.

“We need one now,” they say,
And I know
As surely as I know that there are
A finite number of summer beach days
That these smiles are the sweetest thing of all.


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31 thoughts on “Recipe for a Whoopee Pie Day”

  1. Love this description that you can taste and smell. I had to smile. I don’t make whoopie pies, but I bet yours are delicious. God bless you for this cheerful prose.

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  2. Um, Yum! I’ve never made those before, but now…I think I need them. 🙂
    Cute post, thank you for sharing. Happy to be visiting you from the weekend brew linkup today. ~ Happy shell finding, and wave catching to you. ~

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  3. Whoopie pies and the beach – Wow, what a match made in heaven. And I thought our peanut butter sandwiches were the bomb. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed time at the beach !!! Visiting from The Weekend Brew.

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  4. YUM! Now I’m incredibly hungry, feeling like baking something chocolate instead of folding those clothes calling out from the dryer! BUT–if I don’t bake EARLY in the day, it’s too hot. A day at the beach sounds lovely!


    1. They are a tradition here in Maine. I make dozens and dozens of them every summer for bake sales and picnics. I’m very thankful for the fact that they don’t really tempt me . . .


  5. I grew up in Florida and saw nary a whoopie pie at the beach, but it sounds like a yummy tradition. I’ve never been to New England – it would be interesting to see the differences between the beaches.

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    1. Ha! I don’t care for them either, but for some reason they are a hit with just about everyone I know. I guess I’m glad that I am not tempted by them, because I make them quite frequently in the summer.


    1. I think that sounds wonderful — especially with cream cheese frosting. However, this crowd is particular — practically whoopee pie fundamentalists! I long ago gave up trying to “convert” them to broad-mindedness in their whoopee pie opinions. 🙂

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  6. Dear Michele,
    Oh dear, this brought tears to my eyes today! I am so thankful for all of the memories of baking days and greased pans filling the counters from those days when children were small and my strength was large–even when I didn’t know it! 🙂 Thank you for bringing such sweet memories to fill my heart today. Blessings to you!


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