6 Hot Chocolate-Flavored Recipes Curing Your Cocoa Cravings
There’s nothing better than sipping a warm mug of sweet hot chocolate during the cold winter months. Now, you can recreate those same comforting flavors by baking hot cocoa mix, chocolate, and marshmallows into your pancakes, muffins, cake, and cookies. From Hot Chocolate Pancakes to Hot Chocolate Peppermint Muffins, these six recipes will cure any hot cocoa craving.
1. Hot Chocolate Peppermint Muffins
You’ll love indulging in these rich, chocolaty muffins, which are filled with lovely toasted marshmallow and peppermint flavors. The best part? You don’t have to worry about derailing your diet when you eat them. Thanks to The Messy Baker, these muffins are chock-full of nutritious ingredients.
“It’s totally okay to eat these muffins every day because they’ve been healthified. Now, don’t confuse healthified with healthy,” she writes. “These hot chocolate peppermint muffins are not by any means super healthy, just healthier. You still get all the richness of a butter-induced muffin without all the butter. Does that make sense? To make these muffins healthier, I used whole wheat flour, low-fat buttermilk, and replaced half the butter with melted coconut oil.” Healthy muffins filled with wonderful hot cocoa flavors? They’ve certainly made our must-bake list!
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2. Hot Chocolate Pancakes
If you’re in a breakfast rut, it might be time to add some fantastic hot chocolate flavors to your flapjacks. The Busy Nothings came up with the idea for this recipe one day when “I had wanted chocolate for breakfast. Something fun and different. and [sic] there I was with some basic boring pancakes. Inspiration came in 2 packets of hot chocolate left out on my counter. and [sic] the results are amazing, something that is not too sweet, but sweet enough that my kids happily ate them without demanding syrup. Perfect!”
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare this morning meal. Use your favorite pancake mix, two packets of hot chocolate, and top your flapjacks with chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and marshmallows. This dessert-like dish will get your day off to an oh-so-sweet start!
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3. Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding
Serious Eats’ Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding “raises the chocolate bar by starting with a decadent hot chocolate base of cocoa, milk, cream, brown sugar, and melted bittersweet chocolate. A touch of espresso powder heightens your perception of the chocolate, and a pinch of cinnamon rounds it out with the exotic flavor of a Mexican hot chocolate.”
This decadent dessert is a must-serve at your next dinner party. Your guests won’t be able to resist indulging in the moist bread, gooey chocolate, and wondrous whipped cream topping. If you prefer a softer bread pudding, trim the bottom crust from your bread before preparing this dish.
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4. Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake
Hot chocolate mix, cocoa powder, cream cheese, and a decadent glaze create a heavenly bundt cake that’s bursting with rich hot cocoa flavors. When you’re preparing this cake — or any other bundt cake, for that matter — make sure you always heavily grease your pan; otherwise, you might have a difficult time removing the dessert.
Cookies & Cups describes this Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake as “a dense, chocolatey pound cake … although I put glaze all up on it, I also recommend adding a bit of whipped cream.” And if you’re looking for another sweet topping to add to this cake, we suggest sticking with the hot cocoa theme and throwing some marshmallows on top.
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5. Hot Chocolate Waffles
If you’re looking for a rich and cozy morning meal, Babble has got you covered. “Craving a soothing, cozy mug of hot cocoa and marshmallows? How about enjoying those cravable flavors via a warm and toasty waffle! It is easy to make your favorite winter season beverage into one of your favorite breakfast dishes.”
If you want extra chocolaty waffles, add in a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder when you’re preparing them. For a caffeinated start to the day, you can also toss in ¼ teaspoon of instant coffee. Top these decadent waffles off with chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, extra marshmallows, and whipped cream, and you’ll have a delicious breakfast that could also pass for dessert.
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6. Hot Chocolate Cookies
Extra indulgent and ultra rich, Love From the Oven’s Hot Chocolate Cookies will satisfy any sweet tooth: “If you are looking for a different cookie to bring to a cookie exchange or to bake for the holidays, I’d highly recommend these hot chocolate cookies. You can make them with regular hot cocoa, but for a twist I used a dark chocolate hot cocoa mix with this batch. There are so many new flavors of hot cocoas out there, feel free to get a little creative with these.”
This recipe is also really easy to prepare, making it a great treat to make with your kids over the weekend or on a snow day. Basic baking ingredients, hot cocoa mix, and marshmallow bits are all you need to make these cozy cookies.
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