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Peppermint Hot Chocolate #ChristmasWeek


Welcome to day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Peppermint Surprise”.

I love peppermint this time of year, but since I shared Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies yesterday, I wanted to go a little different today.  So I did a drink!  I am not a coffee drinker, but I do like going to Starbucks for one thing.  Their Peppermint Hot Chocolate is amazing!  I am sure it is full of whole milk, and full fat whipped cream, but I made something pretty darn close with a lot less calories at home!

Hot Chocolate from scratch is so easy, and tastes so much better than those instant packets.  All you have to do is heat some milk over a low heat, throw in some chocolate to let it melt.  Stir in a little sugar, and in this case peppermint, and you are done.  You don’t even have to stand over it, stirring the whole time!

I made this while my son was at school, but made sure to save him some for a snack.  He was thrilled. He loves hot chocolate, and was very happy with this version.  Plus he got a candy cane out of it, so how could I go wrong :)  This would be great to have around for the holidays.  Make this, dump it in the crock pot to keep it warm, and you have a great party drink.  You could even swap out the peppermint extract for a peppermint liquor for the grown ups!

This isn’t my only post today!  I am also making Peanut Butter Cup Blossom Cookies as part of #25recipestoXmas.  I hope you will check them out, they are kind of over the top and delicious!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies


I am in a new group this month for Secret Recipe Club!  It is exciting to have a new group of blogs to get to know.  Today I was assigned Crumbs and Chaos.  This blog is written by 4 sisters.  Between them they have 11 children, and 1 more on the way.  There are so many great recipes, I really did have a hard time picking what to make.  I thought about Thin Mint Popcorn, Butterfinger Oreo Ice Cream Dessert, and Wonton Tacos.

In the end I had to go with these cookies.  I have seen a few version of a Hot Chocolate Cookies, and have wanted to try them.  Now that the mornings are a little cooler, it seemed like the right time.  But what do you need with hot chocolate?  Marshmallows!  I have been wanting to use those new little marshmallow bits, and this was the perfect opportunity.

This is your basic chocolate chip cookie, with hot chocolate mixed in, and then for good measure some marshmallows.  They are soft, extra chocolatey, and delicious.  Definitely calls for a tall glass of milk.  I gave one to my son when they were still warm, and he said “This is one of the reasons I love you, you are the best cookie baker”.  So you know they must be good!

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