Spicy chocolate & honey, cookies & candy canes

Ten days until Christmas! It’s windy and cold outside. Our little town is bustling with holiday busy-ness… Carolers singing on church lawns, a Christmas play at the old Town Hall, our annual town festival with boy scouts selling wreaths on the green and all of our churches hosting craft fairs, white elephant sales and holiday luncheons. New York was great for a visit but I am very happy to be living in my little town, especially at this time of year.
Finishing up projects, baking and playing Christmas music has kept me busy between all the fun events. I found this little Linzer cookie kit last year for $5, recipe included. The cookies were very easy to make, the dough handled well and they taste good!
There’s nothing like a good cup of hot chocolate at this time of year. It’s simple and delicious to make from scratch. I use honey instead of sugar and add some holiday spice.
1 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. honey
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Dash of nutmeg
Heat milk and honey over low heat, stirring until honey is dissolved. Add cocoa, continue stirring and add spices. When the milk starts steaming, it’s done.
This is so easy and can be modified to your own taste. My daughter likes to add a touch of cayenne pepper to hers. My other daughter prefers it with just cocoa and honey, no spices added. Cardamom is nice, if you have it. Of course, freshly whipped cream would be delicious on top too:)
Decorations can get elaborate. Sometimes it’s just as satisfying to use what is on hand. These candy canes are cute and festive and a few bows left over from last year add a little color and hide the construction. I used a plastic lid, punched holes in it and wired the candy canes, still wrapped, on to it. Simple but homey and cheerful in my cozy old kitchen.
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season. Thanks for stopping by!

13 thoughts on “Spicy chocolate & honey, cookies & candy canes

  1. Love that you use cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. I make peppermint hot chocolate by replacing the vanilla with peppermint oil. Hot chocolate is such a comfort on damp, cold days!! Best to you and yours this holiday season.

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    • Oh that sounds good too! Your idea just made me think of trying almond extract with the chocolate instead of the spices. Another good idea of yours, lol, I’ve been telling my gardening friends about your method for freezing tomatoes!


  2. What a lovely Christmassy post! I started the day all cozy and with a sudden craving for a hot chocolate! (love that cup!!!) And those cookies are too pretty to eat, just frame them and hang it on the wall, I’d say;0) Enjoy these 10 days to Christmas..xoxo Johanna


  3. What a lovely collection of goodies, and Christmas spirit! Thanks for the recipe for hot chocolate, I am going to make that as love the taste of the spices together with chocolate. This will go down a treat.


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