Other than shopping for presents, decorating the tree, and enjoying that first snowfall, nothing makes it feel more like the cheery winter season than sipping on a warm mug of creamy, sweet hot chocolate.
We’re not talking the powdered stuff from a packet, either. Making hot chocolate from scratch is surprisingly easy, and you’ll definitely want to whip up a batch to pair with your favorite traditional holiday cookies.
Making it from scratch also means you can play with the flavors a bit. Add a dash of cinnamon, or a bar of melted white chocolate; stir in some espresso and peppermint, or keep things classic. Either way you’ll have something in your mug that will warm you through and through and put a smile on your face. Just don’t forget the whipped cream.