Also known as Christmas in a mug!!
You guys. I can’t believe it’s already December 9th, NOOO. I need this month to slow down. First of all, I’m feeling a little under the weather, I’ve got some kind of chest cold/flu thing that I’m hoping will magically go away…ASAP. I mean you guys, people have already started to arrive for Christmas and Dew Tour. Yes, today is the first day of Dew Tour here in Breckenridge. I’ve got to go brave the freezing cold temps to cheer on my younger brother Red while he competes <–send me warm vibes cause I just might freeze.
Secondly, I’ve yet to start doing all the Christmassy things I love…I need to change this now! My cousin Maggie has this whole month of December Christmassy things down. She’s doing things like drinking hot chocolate, decorating, stringing popcorn and watching The Polar Express – YES! She’s a girl after my own heart. Like those are definite Christmastime goals for me right there!
Anyway, I wanted to share this delicious sugar cookie hot chocolate with you guys today – because it’s Friday, and our weekend needs to be filled with mug after mug of chocolate and marathons of Christmas movies, I mean, obviously. OK, and after today’s day spent just standing in the cold I’ll most likely be needing a cup or two…or three myself.
I know it’s no secret, but my mom’s a freak for all things hot chocolate. I kid you not, she has like two cups a day. One in the morning and one before bed. She’s even turned my little sister Asher into a hot chocolate freak. Mom’s recently switched to a mostly cacao blend, but she still lives for a really indulgent cup like this.
It seems like every December I find it in myself to come up with yet another hot chocolate recipe to share. You see to me, it just wouldn’t be the holiday season without lots and lots of hot chocolate. Anyone there with me?
Another must of the holiday season, SUGAR COOKIES. You can’t do the holiday without sugar cookies, they’re basically a requirement. So I got to thinking, “why not just combine the two”.
Originally, I was thinking of making a white hot chocolate, but then when it came down to it, I just couldn’t do it, I need the real stuff. So I created this super sweet and incredibly creamy hot chocolate instead…flavored just like my favorite sugar cookies…but with a special ingredient that makes it just perfect.
I’m talking about sweetened condensed milk, the perfect thing to make this hot chocolate the best of the season! What’s also great about this hot cocoa is that kids love it too. Sometimes hot chocolate can get all fancy with things like dark chocolate and coffee, but this version is perfect for all!
Plus, you get to drink it with lots of sugar cookies, yes, please.
Oh, and whipped cream and marshmallows too, I mean, of course!
Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate.
- 4 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 6 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate chopped
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- whipped cream marshmallows, sugar cookies and or coarse sugar, for topping
Add the milk, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate, vanilla, and almond extract (if using) to a large pot. Place the pot over medium low heat until the milk is scalding, but not boiling. Be sure to stir the pot often to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom and burning.
Once the hot chocolate is steaming, ladle into mugs and dollop with whipped cream. Add marshmallows, cookies and a sprinkle of sugar if desired. Drink!
Happy Friday! Have a hot chocolate filled weekend!