I am taking a break from Christmas Week today to be part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my first year participating, but the 3rd year it has been around. The organizers Lindsay and Julie out did themselves this year. Each participant paid $4 to be a part of the swap. We then sent out 1 dozen cookies to 3 different people. So you then receivee 1 dozen cookies from 3 different people. This year the corporate sponsors were OXO, Dixie Sugar Crystals, Grandma’s Molasses, and Gold Medal Flour. Each company matched our donations, so we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.
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!