There is nothing better than a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. I wanted to make hot chocolate a bit more interesting. The basic hot cocoa recipe will remain the same but we can definitely jazz it up a bit. I find that rimming a glass mug with peppermint, crumbled cookies or graham crackers is always a great way to fancy up hot chocolate. This can also be done ahead of time so all you have to do is make the hot chocolate. Rim the mug with graham cracker crumbs, pour in hot chocolate, add marshmallows and use a torch to ignite the marshmallows and you have my version of S’mores Hot Chocolate. It is also fun to put out a hot chocolate bar for friends and family. to help themselves. Make the hot chocolate and place in a thermos to keep warm, rim several mugs with various toppings like peppermint, oreo crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, mini M&M’s, etc… Put out cinnamon sticks, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, whipped cream. I also put out Baileys, Kahlua, Brandy and Chambord for the adults to mix in for a grown up hot chocolate. Let your imagination go and have fun with it!
Ah, the cupcake. A perfectly sized single serving dessert usually eaten as a child. Why should kids have all the fun? I have added coffee, a little spice and some brandy to these cupcakes which make them ideal to serve at your next grown-up dinner or holiday. These cupcakes also work well served bite sized. Just use a 24 cup cupcake tin and reduce baking time in half. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top before serving or some edible gold stars.
This is a family favorite. My kids love to walk into the house when the apple crisp is baking in the oven. It makes the whole house smell delicious. It is the perfect Fall and Winter dessert and is oh so easy….
5 apples – peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup flour
7 tablespoons butter – softened
Preheat oven to 350
Toss apples with cinnamon and place in a buttered baking dish. Mix flour and sugar together and then blend in softened butter. Use a fork to keep mixing until it is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples and bake in oven for 30 minutes until bubbling and starting to brown on top. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.