I’ve always been more of a coffee/tea/apple cider fan than a hot chocolate fanatic, but my lovely friend Monica of Smart Creative Women introduced me to this recipe and I’ve since become a convert. It isn’t too sweet and has a depth that comes from all the different flavors: chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and just a hint of salt. I like to stir a teaspoon into my morning coffee with some cream for a perfect mocha au lait. It’s equally decadent in hot water or milk, for you purists out there.
Since I’m in love with this mix and it only takes five minutes to concoct, I’m whipping some up as last minute Christmas gifts and using these printable gift tags that Monica illustrated to fancy up the packaging!
Adapted from Alton Brown’s hot chocolate recipe.
1.5 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Dutch process cocoa
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 t salt
2 t cornstarch
1/4 t cayenne
1/4 t cinnamon
Stir three tablespoons (or more!) into hot water or warm milk. Drift away into a chocolate-y land of bliss. (And they go perfectly with these meltaway cookies, if I do say so myself.)
Thank you for introducing me to this recipe, Monica!
P.S. Still Christmas shopping? Here are five instant gifts that don’t require shipping or hitting the mall!