dark chocolate mint truffles


Chocolate Mint Truffles

I had a conversation about tempering chocolate the other day.

Actually, the conversation was partly about how I am doing it wrong – this is my own declaration. I do not use a double boiler, I do not use glass bowls over water, I definitely do not use a microwave (okay, so I am not doing it completely wrong…)

Mint Chocolates


If you have read any of my previous truffle recipes, you may already know this – all I do is chop chocolate, then melt it in a pan at the absolutely lowest setting my gas stove allows, stirring constantly and rapidly with a spatula. That’s it.

Works every time, and whether dipping truffles or painting chocolate into molds for filled truffles, it hardens into the shiny coating you find sparkling back at you from the chocolate counter at the candy store.

These truffles have a rich melty center with the perfect hint of mint. I am making them for my valentine, and for a few well deserving friends…

Today I am not only sharing with you my absolute favorite truffle recipe ever, but I have a giveaway as well – with four winners!

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles


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cardamom citrus cookie and NuNaturals giveaway


It’s April, isn’t it?

Q1 was bull-shirt. Stressful, exhausting, trying. I told Jason Second Quarter Owes Us. I am keeping my fingers crossed that things will be looking up. I already know of two things that are… more on that later.

In good news, spring is most definitely here – we have been having perfectly lovely weather in Portland! I walk outside at 5:30 in the morning and it’s warm, the birds are out and it smells so fresh and … springy! It is light until after 8pm now, and I cannot wait until the height of summer where it is light until after 9pm.

Spring and summer bring new flavors, fresh picked garden produce, lighter eats. My favorite time of year, food wise.

Spring also brings new flavors to the NuNaturals line – a lemon and an orange! I have already made several tasty treats with these flavors, and the first I am sharing?

Cookies! and four chances to try both of the new flavors!

cardamom citrus cookies

makes 20-24 cookies

gluten, dairy, egg and soy free, vegan

1 cup butter (Earth Balance soy free)
2 full droppers Orange NuStevia
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups flour (gluten free ap)
1 tablespoon milk (vanilla hazelnut)

Cream together butter and Orange NuStevia. Add flour, cardamom and cinnamon, stir together these three ingredients before folding into butter, adding milk by the tablespoon as necessary. Combine until dough forms, do not over mix. Dough should be fluffy and slightly tacky, but not too sticky to roll with your hands (if it is, use flour on your hands to roll, or drop dough by spoonful). Roll into one inch balls, place on prepared (parchment, spray or silpat) cookie sheet and sprinkle with more cardamom (optional). Bake at 350 for about 12 – 15 minutes.

These cookies are light, powdery-buttery and melt in your mouth good.

These new citrus flavors? They are very flavorful – real citrus taste and scent. Would you like to try them?

Giveaway is for one of each of the Lemon and Orange NuNaturals bottles – four winners will be randomly picked.

Six ways to enter, please leave a comment for each:

1) What is your favorite way to cook with citrus?

2) follow NuNaturals on twitter

3) follow spabettie on twitter and tweet this: 

win a one of four prizes  NuNaturals Orange and Lemon flavors – giveaway from @spabettie –>  http://www.spabettie.com/?p=9594

4) like NuNaturals on facebook

5) like spabettie on facebook

6) Pin this.

Enter through midnight Monday. Winner announced Tuesday.

Thanks to everyone for the entries – winners are:

#65 – Jared

#11 – Heather

#95 – Jack

#54 – Elle

Congratulations, everyone! Please email me with your full name and address.