Winter Wonder: Extra Fancy Hot Chocolate

January 7, 2013

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Hot chocolate is a favorite treat during the cold months of the year. (This is our favorite recipe!) We don’t have it too often but when we do, I try to make it extra special whether it’s using special mugs, having it in our jammies or drinking it with just the Christmas lights on.

While cruising Pinterest, my creative heart skipped a beat when I saw these darling images 1, 2 and 3. I had wanted to make something like them during the holidays but didn’t. Luckily for us, it’s still cold.

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Using my current favorite sugar cookie recipe and a frosting mix of confectionery sugar, vanilla, almond extract and milk, I made stars and snowflakes. After remembering how tedious and fragile snowflake cookies are, I decided the stars were the better choice for putting on the mug.

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I cut notches to fit over the coffee mug handles before the cookies were baked though I did trim them a bit more afterwards as well. Then I frosted them in a few bright, happy colors and let the frosting set.

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I think they would make darling mug charms for a party, don’t you think? All the mugs would be identifiable and the tags are edible!

Love Bug and Sweet J followed me around while I prepped these for photographing. They hovered around me, begging and begging. I said yes, but only after I got the photos. Looks like they didn’t mind the wait. :)

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I tried another version, another idea I had in my head. Using the same cookie dough, I cut out a scalloped edge circle, just large enough to span the top of the mug. I used a second smaller scalloped circle to cut out the center. Once the cookies were baked and frosted, they made colorful toppers for the cocoa. And the center made a perfect spot of whipped cream. Mmmmm!

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I got a little excited and didn’t snap a photo of the circle before I piled on the whipped cream so I had to deconstruct it afterwards.

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Even after the deconstruction, it was still yummy!

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Take care.

P.S. I have so much non-winter stuff to share! We had painters at our house all day Friday and things looking really great. The golden birthday party prep is in full gear too. But it’s going to have to wait. I’ll try to be patient. :)

P.S.S. Thank you to those who filled out the survey from last week. I really appreciate the insight into who you are and what interests you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! If you haven’t filled it out and want to, I’m going to leave up the link through the end of the week. You can find the brief survey here. Thanks!

Okay, enough! Have a great day!

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Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

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Delia January 8, 2013 at 11:02am

um….I lOVE these and your kids are the cutest. I swear. Your photography gets more and more beautiful everyday!

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Dana R January 8, 2013 at 2:27pm

What an awesome idea. I’m remembering this for when my son is older!

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liz January 9, 2013 at 2:22pm

LOVE this! Eric loves hot chocolate so much; it would be fun to surprise him with one of these cookie options! so cute!

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amy christie January 17, 2013 at 4:45pm

I really liked it too. I said I made it for the children but it made me just as happy. :)

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