Who and What I am into this Week: Hot chocolate from scratch!


Need to put together a last minute gift for your neighbors, the mailman or a teacher? Here is my favorite hot chocolate recipe. I started making my own when I had to go gluten free and there wasn’t much on the market that I liked.  I have been making this recipe up and giving it as a gift for a couple years now. One year, I even packaged it and sold it!

Of course, I dug through ALL my recipe cards (scribbles) and couldn’t find the exact recipe I used so I have to experiment all over again! That was a cocoa (sugar) infused day! This recipe is a little spicy and NOT too sweet.  I collaborated with Joy from Frock Files on the photos  has the yummiest recipes on her blog, she added my recipe to her nice stash and took great pics! (She does  such nice photo styling. ) Then I went a little crazy and decided you might need downloadable tags for your gifts as well!  So I dug out some Christmas art sitting on my desktop and made tags for you. 

On an interesting side note, as I opened some art files on my hard drive titled Christmas, I was hit with this weird emotion. Had I really created all this art? I used to claim I could create licensed art for Christmas all year round, until I actually put myself in the position to do it, haha! Christmas in July is a buzz kill. I had forgotten that this Pinecone art was still available over at Expressionery as a personalized plate or as stationery. Past lives!

Anyway! Make hot cocoa!! Here is the recipe!


1.5 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Dutch process cocoa
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 t salt
2 t cornstarch
1/4 t cayenne
1/4 t cinnamon


Stir three tablespoons (or more!) into hot water or warm milk.  Did you see the bit o’ spice in there?!! That is what makes it yummy!

Joy says that the cocoa goes perfectly with these meltaway cookies, yum!


Print cute tags!! Here is the download! pinecones_monicalee




  • Mir Garden Art

    Yum! I have to try this as I love cayenne pepper! Merry Christmas!!