Friday, July 13, 2012

Melting Jane by Lissa Matthews (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to Lissa Matthews who is joining us with a yummy post and her book, Melting Jane! 

Marshmallow Truffles

Do you like marshmallows? If you say no, then you can skip this part and move on to the book blurb and pretty cover. If you say yes, you're either going to love me or hate me for this post. I love marshmallows. Melted in hot chocolate. S'mores. Dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. As frosting.

There's a fun cookbook out now called Marshmallow Madness. It's on my Wish List. Amazon should have a Needs List, but... okay well that's another blog post. There's evidently a lot of things you can do with marshmallows, many things you can make, and now there are marshmallow truffles.

Marshmallow. Truffles. I don't really think they need much commentary. Do you?

Smooth and creamy on the inside and they could be part of Edward's (Jane's friend and business partner) new 'O' Truffles. ;-)

There are several ways to make these. One is the really easy way, and one is the easy yet more involved way...

The easy way:
What You Need

  • 1 tub (7 oz.) BAKER'S Dark Semi-Sweet Dipping Chocolate
  • 20 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup multi-colored sprinkles

Make It

  1. MICROWAVE chocolate as directed on package.
  2. DIP marshmallows, 1 at a time, in chocolate, turning to evenly coat each marshmallow. Gently shake off excess chocolate.
  3. PLACE in single layer on sheet of waxed paper; top with sprinkles. Refrigerate 20 min. or until chocolate is firm.

Prepare using 1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.

Courtesy of

The easy, yet more involved way...
Makes: about 30 truffles

Prep: 1 hr.
Chill: 1 hr.
Freeze: 20 min.
Stand: 15 min.


  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate squares, chopped**
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Finely chopped toasted nuts, toasted coconut, or candy sprinkles

1. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper; butter the paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine marshmallow cream, butter, almond extract, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add the 3 cups powdered sugar, beating until well mixed. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until mixture is easy to handle.

2. Lightly dust your hands with additional powdered sugar; shape marshmallow mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cover lightly; freeze for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine semisweet chocolate and shortening. Heat and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

4. Line another large baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside. Remove balls, a few at a time, from the freezer; dip balls in chocolate and use a fork to lift balls out of chocolate, drawing the fork across the rim of the saucepan to remove excess chocolate. Place balls on waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle tops with finely chopped nuts, toasted coconut, or candy sprinkles. Let stand at room temperature about 15 minutes or until completely set. If desired, drizzle truffles with melted white chocolate. Makes about 40 truffles.

*Kitchen Tip: If you prefer, omit the almond extract or vanilla and add 1 tablespoon desired flavored liqueur (such as raspberry or orange) to the marshmallow mixture; increase the 3 cups powdered sugar to 3-1/4 cups.

TO STORE: Layer truffles between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Courtesy of Stephanie's Kitchen

Graham Hall is a twenty-six year old Texan with the job of his dreams. He's just finished his latest travel article and has earned some personal down time. With six months left on his cabin lease in the Colorado Rockies, Graham chooses to stick around and soon finds himself set up with a feisty, down on her luck in the love department candy maker named Jane.
Jane hates driving in the mountains in winter and isn't used to being outside the kitchen, but when she arrives at the small isolated cabin and gets a look at it's tenant, she quickly forgets all about that. Jane is tongue-tied and ticked off. She's been tricked.
Confrontations, slamming doors, and an extra cheese pizza later, Graham is caught up in Jane's tart tongue and curvy body. She denies her desire for him more times than she can count, and when she finally gives in, she is rewarded with scorching hot sex and a bliss she couldn't have imagined for herself.
Graham's persistence and unrelenting pursuit leads Jane to believe that maybe life doesn't have to revolve around chocolate truffles, but rather should revolve around a delicious, well traveled, sexy younger man.


I will be giving away a copy of Melting Jane and a copy of Marshmallow Madness to two commentors who answer the question... How do you like your marshmallows?

Thank you for having me and letting me share a yummy recipe with you. If you wish to find out more about me, please visit me in one or all of the following places: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, and last, but not least, coffee. She loves it so much, in fact, she and those who know her are surprised she hasn’t floated away on a caffeine-induced cloud while giving life to feisty heroines and hunky heroes.


  1. Straight from the package. I like it simple and raw with colorful designs such as flowers and butterflies, but most specially I enjoy eating it with my 6 year old niece.

  2. Marshmallow are awesome in just about any capacity...

  3. Lets see... just about any way. I could eat them right out of the package, in s'mores, rice krispy treats, dipped in chocolate. Any way I can get them. I really love those giant one dipped in chocolate and covered with strawberry pieces. Yum!!!
    Melting Jane sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Who cares how it comes? It's marshmallow! I like marshmallow in my hot chocolate, on my peanut butter and banana sandwiches, straight from the bag or jar, on ice cream, with chocolate, without chocolate.... you name it.

  5. Those look so yummy! I like my marshmallows in coconut. Also dipped in dark chocolate.
    Thank you for the giveaway.


  6. I like my marshmellows melted with rice crispy's!

  7. Rice Krispie Treats are a family tradition at my house at Christmas time, and one of my favorite marshmellow treats. My kids love anything marshmellow and are going to love me best after I make them a batch of your sweets.

    Thanks Lissa.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  8. I like my marshmallows two ways. I love burning them on a stick over the campfire. Yum!! And in peanut butter pies that you cook in the campfire.
    Use two pieces of bread, each piece buttered on one side. Turn piece of bread butter side down on a paper plate and spread peanut butter on bottom piece. Then break a hershey chocolate bar into three pieces and place randomly on peanut butter, then tear one marshmallow in half and put them on opposite sides of each other on the peanut butter. Put the second piece of buttered bread, butter side up on top. Place pie into pie iron and cook until everything is melted and bread is lightly toasted. OMG!!! I need one of these now.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  9. We camp alot, so roasted, almost burnt!

  10. Smores are yummy but my favorite way to eat marshmallows is plain...YUM!!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  11. I like my marshmallows burnt from a camp fire and sometimes in smores Thanks for the giveaway and great post.

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  13. I love Smores, but I love hazel nut hot chocolate with marshmallows more:)

  14. Thanks for a fun post! man I wish I can cook :)

    I love my marshmellows in hot chocolate, in smores, plain, you name it, I'll eat it :)


  15. Yikes, this post is not helping my diet! I adore marshmallows. Phish food ice cream (chocolate ice cream with marshmallow cream, caramel, and chocolate pieces) is my favorite flavor. Really though, just plain marshmallows will do.

  16. I like my marshmallows right out of the package. Please enter me in contest.

  17. I love my marshmallows at the end of the stick over the campfire charred nice and gooey or in a great bowl of Rocky Road ice cream (in fact had to get a bowl in order to post this comment LOL) Thank you for the fun, I'm thinking these truffles sound like they just might be pretty awesome.

  18. My two favorite ways to eat marshmallows are roasted a nice golden brown (not too burnt) or just straight out of the package :) Although I am loving your posts, these recipes are way too tempting.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  19. I like my marshmellows either dipped in chocolate or charred on an open fire.... yummy!

  20. I like them in hot chocolate.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  21. I love my marshmallows melted over an open fire in a smore!

  22. I'm not a marshmellow fan, but if I'm camping, I have to have a couple well toasted over the fire.

  23. I don't like plain marshmallows. But I love melted marshmallows. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and s'mores would be my favorite marshmallow treats!

    beckerjo at Verizon dot net


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