In our house, this is simply called Hot Cocoa, because this is just the way I've made it for years. However, it has a very distinct gingerbread flavor, which deserves to be part of the title!
My children request this hot cocoa every year, with the first snowfall. It's like clockwork. The snow starts coming down, the kids "oooo" and "ahhhh," saying, "Look, Mommy! Snow!" As though it's the first time they've ever seen it. To see snow through their eyes is magical. While I whine and moan over the sludge I will have to walk through, and the car I'll have to clean off, they behave as though it's real life pixie dust.
Then, a thought that hadn't occurred to them all summer long, a thought that happens so quickly following their first glimpse of snow, you'd think you could see the light bulb above their heads, "Mommy! Can you make hot chocolate!"
Then I remember how pretty the snow looks, from my couch, through the window, with my hot cocoa in hand. :)
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Also, don't miss the Gingerbread Hot Cocoa Cookies recipe, also on the blog!
These family favorites of ours will warm you up and satisfy your sweet tooth.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
This recipe is written in the order in which you should proceed, in order to make things easier for you! When I first began making it, I measured things as they were to be added. That makes it really difficult to get the milk in at the right time, because it is important to keep stirring. So here is an important tip: measure out your milk first, so that it is ready for pouring once your cocoa mixture has boiled.
Whisk together your dry ingredients.
Bring your 1/3 cup water to a boil. This happens quickly, which is why you need your dry ingredients ready to go!
Add your dry ingredients to the boiling water, and whisk until smooth. It is important to use a silicone whisk so you do not damage your pot. Bring to a boil, and continue stirring, at a boil, for 1-2 minutes.
Pour the milk in slowly, while stirring, and continue stirring until mixed evenly. Continue stirring over low heat until heated all the way through.
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