(We’re still away visiting family, but we couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you. With any luck, we’ll be making it again in Chicago!)
blueberries

We’re walking through the grocery store, and Tim’s telling me about this idea he has for using up the case of blueberries in our cart (because apparently it’s an annual tradition).

“It’d be like a cookie,” he’s saying, “but you wouldn’t bake it, and there’d be blueberries mixed inside. Then, we’ll dip them in chocolate!”

I hear my mouth say something like OK even as I’m rounding another aisle on the hunt for flour, but honestly, all I’m thinking about is cracking open a pint as soon as we can get in the car. In the checkout line, when our cashier inquires about our blueberry plans, Tim’s ready. “Well, we’ll bake some, we’ll eat some and then we’ll freeze some!” he tells her, as excited as it were a conveyor belt of diamonds and rubies, not berries, that we are sending down the line.

And minutes later, as we’re feasting on fistfuls of blueberries while exiting the parking lot, talking excitedly about scones and pancakes and smoothies, I think to myself, man, there’s just nobody like Tim.

blueberry cookie dough on tray

We’ve only been married eight-and-a-half months, a time span not quite long enough to complete a school year, qualify for employee vacation time or in most cases grow a child, and yet there are so many things I already find myself taking for granted about our life—like the way we read to each other, in bed at night, on car trips to nearby towns or at the table when one or the other of us finds an article that’s interesting in the middle of our workdays; or the random way we’ll enter deep discussions, like when I ask him “Why do you think people are so drawn to laughter?” one afternoon, driving in the car.

In many ways, Tim is just like me: enjoys reading, a homebody, gets frustrated when something is imprecise. In other ways, he’s not: doesn’t fear what people think, for one; is full of faith, for another. I told our friend Jared a few weeks ago that I think marriage is sometimes like a mirror and what I meant was this: there’s something about the very close, very personal day-to-day interaction with another human being that makes you better able to see yourself. Through eight-and-a-half months of living with Tim, sharing our meals and our work and our weekends, I’ve seen things about myself I don’t like, areas were I lack—mostly because they are areas where he doesn’t.

tim making cookie dough truffles

I, it’s becoming clearer and clearer, am what you might call a cynic, a person prone to suspicion and doubt. I like proof and want evidence and probably won’t believe something until I can see, for sure, that it’s true. You could blame this on authority figures I had who lied to me or to the social environment I grew up in that deceived and hid grace, but the larger issue is me—me and my fear and my doubt. A few years ago, in a Bible study I was in, we were reading about the apostle Thomas, the one who had to see Jesus’ hands, and I starting sobbing when I read Christ’s response: no censure, no condemnation, just “Put your finger here. See my hands.” I think about that sometimes when Tim and I talk about the future and wanting to give more, and I have to rehearse in my mind promises, promises that I’ve seen to be true, like evidence, right before my eyes.

And I think about that when he talks animatedly about blueberries, to a stranger at the grocery store, without inhibition or caution or a guard up, and I think about it when he tells me his hopes for the future, hopes I’d throw away as impossible or too big. What a gift to live life with a man like this, what a gift to rub up against him and feel my faith sharpened, see my hope grow. And what a gift to eat blueberry-filled, cookie-dough truffles covered in chocolate, the ones he envisioned and I couldn’t see, the ones that are crazy, almost unbelievably, good.

 

Blueberry Cookie Dough Truffles
Makes nine large or 18 small truffles

The way I describe these truffles to everyone we’ve told about them is this: Tim had an idea, and I didn’t think it would be good, but I was so wrong. These truffles, decadent and only sweetened with honey, lasted hours—mere hours—in our fridge.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw butter – room temperature or melted (or you might try coconut oil)
1/8 cup raw honey
1 to 1 1/4 cup almond meal
Around 1/3 cup blueberries
2 ounces melted dark chocolate*

Directions:
MAKE COOKIE DOUGH
In a medium bowl, mix together softened butter and honey until creamy and well blended. Add almond flour until the texture is like a sticky paste. Add blueberries.

FORM TRUFFLE BALLS & MELT CHOCOLATE
Scoop out balls of batter and place on a parchment-lined half-cookie-sheet and freeze for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a double boiler.

DIP TRUFFLES IN CHOCOLATE
Take the truffle balls out of the freezer and, using a spoon, dip them one by one in the chocolate, rolling them around until covered. Return, one by one, to parchment-covered sheet. Place in the fridge until firm.

*We made our own chocolate by combining unsweetened chocolate, honey, cocoa powder and coconut oil in a double boiler, adjusting proportions to taste, similar to what we did for the cherry chocolate coconut milk ice cream from last week.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Lan | angry asian

    i love the mirror analogy. and i love how you both complement each other.
    we have a glut of blueberries, we seem to go picking every.single.weekend!, but alas, whereas i love chocolate covered fruit, my beloved does not… plus, i *think* i’m reaching a disturbing level of dislike for the fruit…

    1. Shannalee

      oh, to go blueberry-picking every weekend! you are living my dream!! I wonder if your growing dislike is one of those ‘too much of a good thing’ situations? I can’t get enough blueberries—but maybe that’s because I literally can’t, ha!

  2. Jacqui

    Oh man! These sound so good, such a great idea!
    I have the exact same feelings about my husband too! I’ve probably learned so much about myself just by being with him these last 8 years and it keeps getting better.

  3. Stacy

    Beautiful thoughts on faith and understanding yourself and finding that love can, in fact, make us better. And blueberry truffles — well, that can’t be bad either. Happy summertime, and happy vacation to you!

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

    I was waiting suspiciously for the recipe… it´s fantastic! I just love berries with chocolate. No wonder they didn´t last.
    You seem to be in a good place with your life right now, and it´s great to see how grateful you are. Gratitude and big plans will get you places.

  5. Abby

    What a beautiful post all around! I love your thoughts on marriage and found myself nodding in agreement, and omg these truffles!! I hope there are some blueberries left at the market so I can try this.

  6. K Maki

    Not only did I love the recipe, I loved this blog post. I feel I am a lot like you and I know I have a lot to work on. I hope to find (if I have not yet) what you two share. It’s inspiring and gives hope! You are a wonderful, sweet woman!

    1. Shannalee

      That was such a sweet comment, Katy—thank you! Tim has been such a gift to me, especially in helping me see. Hoping Real Hope for gifts like that in your life, too, whether through people or places or blog posts. : )

  7. Sharon

    Shannalee,
    This is the first of your blogs I have received and I love it. I am sure I’m much older than most of your subscribers – a great grandmother.
    A minister once told me a married couple should mirror each other to have a sucessful happy marriage. You and Tim share common interests and likes but your personalities and characteristics are opposites. That is the way God designed us to be in marriage – to balance. Can you imagine how competitive you two would be if you were as outgoing as Tim? I am going to try the truffles but don’t have the necessary ingredients at the moment. I use dark cocoa in my iced lattes along with cinnamon.

    1. Shannalee

      Sharon, You’re the first great grandmother I’ve met who reads blogs, and I love that about you! : ) Thanks for stopping by and saying hi and for adding the insight that marriage is as much about complementing each other as it is about revealing what is there. Hope you can try this recipe sometime soon!

  8. Helene

    It’s funny, when I saw the title of your recipe, I had some doubts, but your writing and recipes having never been disappointing so far, I kept the faith and read your post! I’m going to have to try them now! A wonderful relationship you describe, one to aspire to, thanks for sharing.

  9. wesley @ the way home

    Ummmm, yum. Those sound incredible. Mainly because I like cookie dough more than I like actual cookies! And adding blueberries into the mix? Genius. And as a fellow newlywed, I totally feel you on the mirror sentiment. Marshall and I are so similar but so different, and I think having a good mix of the two makes for a successful relationship and mutual sanctification. I don’t know what I ever did without him!

  10. talley

    Running to the farmer’s market in a few minutes and just added blueberries to my list. I already checked the fridge for butter and the cabinets for almond meal, and we’re all set (no need to check for chocolate in this haus). Looking forward to trying these little balls of goodness.

    Wonderful post!

  11. nicole

    This is lovely. I feel much the same about my husband – he is so good for me in so many ways, not least of all is his eternal positivity and his faith that things will always be fine in one way or another (I tend more toward the worry than he). It pushes me to see things the way he does, too, and I am grateful.

  12. Rikki

    I’m much like you and it’s very uplifting to hear that you’ve found someone who can help you grow, learn, see and balance each other out. It’s spectacular….just like these blueberry cookie dough truffles. [:

  13. BakeryManis

    these look so seriously amazing! I can’t wait to make them! I’m already thinking about the amazingness that could happen with raspberries, orange zest, walnut, and any other mix-ins. Thanks for a great idea :) aloha.

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