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Our Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Wrap your hands around a cup of hot chocolate

My dad always quoted an old saying, “When the days begin to lengthen, so the cold strengthens.” ….Thanks Dad!

I’m not sure where the saying originated, but it certainly seems true for our part of the country. If you’re at zero or below, like we are, let’s say “Bah! Humbug!” to the cold and warm our hands on some delicious hot chocolate.

I started making my own hot chocolate from scratch, because I always had the simple ingredients at home. No need to stock packets or canisters of the powdered stuff. Just go for the real thing. In a few minutes you’ll have a cup of steaming hot goodness.

This recipe brings back memories of when the kids would help Daddy hunt for the Christmas tree. He would take anyone who was old enough to walk, so imagine a guy walking through the Christmas tree farm with 7 or 8 kiddos trailing behind. Yet they always got it done and brought back the perfect tree. Of course they needed a snack when they got home and Mom knew just the thing. Hot chocolate!

On those snowman building days, it takes longer to clean up all the wet clothes, than it does to make hot chocolate on top the stove. So simple and economical to boot.

My kids are pretty grown up now, but I still use this simple recipe for making hot cocoa from scratch. I love it and I know you will too.

So don’t let cold weather get you down, Stay cozy and warm. We’ll see you next time.

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Hot Chocolate
This is a very simple and basic hot chocolate recipe. Make your own variations with special flavorings or creamers, or try one of ours from below.
hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
hot chocolate
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa and salt.
  2. Add hot water. Bring Mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk; stir and heat through. Do not boil.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Recipe Notes

Variations:

Top with Marshmallows

For a spicy treat add:

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
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Easy Almond Butter Fudge

Love Christmas candy? Need something easy for a gift or to serve for a special get-together? A few years ago I found out I was allergic to peanut butter which put a damper on one of our family favorites, Tiger Butter. Making it for everyone else to enjoy was difficult, and very tough to stay away from, unless of course unless I wanted to spend Christmas in bed.

Today I decided to try a peanut butter fudge recipe, substituting Almond Butter that I purchased at Aldi. What I ended up with is a very creamy fudge with the Tiger Butter swirl that may have everyone diving into as soon as I set out the plate. So grab your spatula, here goes.

You’ll need:

1 pound of white baking chips (more than one bag, but you’ll have some left over for cookies)
1 jar of Simply Nature or other almond butter (12 oz.)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Prepare a pan about 8×8 inches, with a parchment paper lined bottom. In my opinion, this makes it so much easier to remove your treats when you’re finished. 

First you’ll melt the white baking chips in a double boiler. After dropping a glass dish once and having a chocolate and glass coated kitchen, I always use a double boiler instead of the microwave. It really doesn’t take long.

After your chips are melted and smooth, stir in your almond butter. Yep the whole jar. Pour this into your prepared pan, but don’t spread it out yet.

While your pan is still warm, melt the semi sweet chips. Remove from heat and pour it in the center  of the first mixture.

Now this is where it becomes a little fun. You want to spread it out but also mix in the chocolate just until you get a nice swirl. You don’t want to over mix or it won’t have that marbled look.

Chill. When it is set, cut into 1 inch pieces and you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

Enjoy!

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Christmas Cookies 2014-Macaroons


My husband loves macaroons and these are some of the most amazing cookies I’ve ever tried. The coconut flour has a naturally sweet taste, so while you could use sweetened coconut, I really prefer them without. Chilling the dough a little and using parchment paper on a baking stone gives them a nice shape. Get out milk or coffee and enjoy!

Christmas Cookies 2014
Macaroons

Ingredients:
½ cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup coconut flour
2 cups unsweetened coconut
Preparation:
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Directions:
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Stir in coconut flour and coconut. Mix thoroughly.
  • Drop with cookie scoop or teaspoon onto parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes watching closely the last few minutes of baking.
  • Cool on wire rack.