December 13th is National Cocoa Day… Celebrate with one of these yummy recipes!
Nutella Hot Cocoa
1 Tablespoon of Nutella for ‘each cup’ of milk (whole milk tastes best)
Whipped cream or Marshmallows
Optional: Sprinkle of Cinnamon’
1. Heat milk in sauce pan or microwave. When hot—stir/whisk in the Nutella until all is combined
2. Pour into cups and top with mini-marshmallows or whipped cream
3. Optional: Sprinkle with a little cinnamon
Snowy White Hot Cocoa
1 ½ tablespoons white-chocolate instant pudding mix
1 cup milk
Combine pudding mix and milk in a microwaveable mug.
Heat in the microwave for 60 seconds on high.
Top with whipped cream and/or crushed candy canes, if desired.
Original Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon.
Place the saucepan over low heat and whisk in the boiling water. Whisk constantly and bring the mixture to a gentle boil for 2 minutes.
Whisk in the milk, vanilla, and heavy cream. Heat the mixture until very warm, taking care not to let the mixture boil.
Carefully pour the hot chocolate into mugs. If desired, top with marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Want to mix it up a little? Try this recipe for some tasty Hot Chocolate Cookies!
Hot Cocoa Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
one 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
about 8 ounces dark chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
approx. 12 large marshmallows, cut in half
Melt chocolate chips and butter in the microwave, combine with the sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in the dry ingredients, then cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Roll the cookie dough into balls and bake for approx. 10 minutes. Carefully place a chunk of dark chocolate in the center of each cookie and top with half a marshmallow.
Return cookies to the oven and bake until the chocolate chunk is melted and the marshmallows puff up. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.