Let’s Make Whoopie {Pies}

Usually the week leading up to Valentine’s Day at my house is filled with shoe boxes, bright colored construction paper, glitter, glue, handmade cards and hours of imagination and creation.

But not this year. Sniff.

This year is the first year that neither of my girls have parties at school or Valentine boxes, or Halloween parades, or….well, you get the idea. Elementary school is now but a fleeting memory and I must admit that I’m handling it, {sniff} quite, {sob}  well.

Ahem.

So the other day while I was shopping at my beloved Target, hurriedly rushing through the isles, I just may have taken a wrong turn and ended up in the Valentine section. Within moments I was surrounded by hundreds of happily chattering mothers holding the hands of rosy cheeked children who where gleefully picking and choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day cards to fill their beautifully decorated boxes… THAT they had just finished making at home with bright colored construction paper, glitter and glue. I swear that I could hear the music from Little House on the Prairie in the background, making it all the more traumatic to realize that I had a cart full of toilet paper and cleaning supplies, rather than my sweet little chubby cheeked cherubs eating popcorn and slurping a slushy. It was at that moment, through my tear filled eyes, that I spotted the devil’s food cake mix and I knew what I had to do.

“I have to make heart shaped whoopie pies”, I said. I’m still not certain if I said it out loud or in my head, and I don’t really remember driving home come to think of it. But what I do know is, once I stepped into the quite solitude of my kitchen,

and began the simple process of making a boxed recipe with some of my favorite kitchen staples,

my heavy heart was enlightened.

I became calm and relaxed and enveloped in the sweet bliss of baking.

Baking something for the people that I love and cherish,

even though they have the audacity to blossom and mature into beautiful young ladies.

Beautiful young ladies who relished in the whoopie pies while entertaining me with their wit and humorous stories about their day. This time I had tears of laughter filling my eyes and I was grateful for who my daughters have become.

My heart soared and I just wanted to shout “whoooooopppieeeeeeee!” But I didn’t, because that would be weird. Not to mention, my two sweet young ladies would be the first to point that out to me and I just wanted to relish in the moment.

Wishing you a delightful Valentine’s Day full of lots of lighthearted whooooooppppieeeee!

~Wenderly

Devil’s Food Cake Whoopie Pie’s 

Makes 6 

What You’ll Need :

1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 can white icing
1 heart shaped non-stick whoopie pan

What You’ll Do: 

Follow instructions on the box to make the Devil’s Food Cake mix. Spray whoopie pan with non-stick spray. Spoon batter into each heart of the whoopie pan (about 2/3 full). Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the whoopie pies cool in pan for 5-10 minutes then turn out of pan. Spread icing on flat side of heart, place another heart flat side down onto icing and repeat until all whoopie pies have been made.

 And then say “Whooooooooopie”!  And enjoy!