have a hot chocolate night

it's not christmas without hot chocolate. i drink hot chocolate every single day in the winter. literally. sometimes more than one cup a day. so, i might as well make an event out of it. round up the family on a snowy night, and serve up some gourmet cocoa. i'd love to sip on homemade cocoa while watching rudolph, wouldn't you?

click below for a few of my favorite (easy) homemade hot cocoa recipes

cinnamon cocoa simple, easy, delicious, holiday-ish.

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 cups 2% milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon

in a medium saucepan stir together sugar, cinnamon and cocoa powder. gradually stir in milk until smooth. heat over medium heat until warm. remove from heat. top with marshmallows.

peanut butter cocoa

2 cups 2% milk
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

in a medium saucepan over low heat, warm milk until it just begins to simmer and bubbles form around the edge of the pan. whisk in chocolates and peanut butter until melted and smooth. cover and continue warming over low heat until warm. for a thicker cup of cocoa, simmer hot chocolate uncovered until desired thickness is achieved. ladle hot chocolate into individual mugs, and enjoy!

p.s. i've been wanting to substitute nutella for peanut butter in this recipe. wouldn't that be heavenly?

warm vanilla cream it's not hot chocolate, but it's still rich, creamy, and will warm you up from head to toe. it will also put you to sleep. when i can't sleep i make this. sometimes, i can barely even finish the cup before i pass out.

2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoons sugar
pinch of nutmeg
heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks, for serving

in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm milk and vanilla. after about five minutes, stir in sugar. continue to stir until sugar is dissolved, and mixture is hot. remove from heat. top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with nutmeg.

...or you can always serve up the store bought stuff, which, if you buy the right kind, can be almost just as good. my favorite is roasted hazelnut or mint truffle from stephen's. i always add a little evaporated milk to mine for extra creaminess.

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