What’s there not to like about a great homemade hot cocoa mix, especially paired with homemade shortbread cookies. Trust me on this, once you’ve made and had your own coca mix you will never buy another one of those packaged varieties from the store. A version of this cocoa recipe came from Alton Brown on the Food Network. After making a few changes it is now a family favorite.
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
- 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
- Hot water
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. Store in a sealed container in an airtight container. It keeps indefinitely in the pantry or on your counter top. To make, heat water to boiling. Fill your mug half full with the cocoa mixture and pour in the hot water until it fills the cup. Stir with a small or electric whisk to combine thoroughly. Add whipped cream or marshmallows to taste.
Notes: The cayenne makes all the difference; so don’t even think about leaving it out. Use the best cocoa powder you can find. If you double this recipe, as I often do, I use 1 teaspoon of cayenne.
This homemade hot cocoa mix is something I’ll make and give away for gifts in a pretty decorative jar around the holidays. Add some homemade marshmallows and you have a real winner of a gift. This combinations one many of my friends will ask for when they visit. It goes especially well with biscotti’s, scones or two for my homemade shortbread cookies.
Time to eat…