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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Michele Morin

I am a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. I have been married to an unreasonably patient husband for nearly 27 years, and our four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Nonetheless, two teens still remain at home, and along with an incorrigible St. Bernard, we laugh, make messes, clean them up, and then start all over again. I love hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop me in my tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. I lament biblical illiteracy and advocate for the prudent use of "little minutes." I blog at Living Our Days because "the way I live my days will be, after all, the way I live my life." You can connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

26 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.


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