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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Give your homemade hot cocoa recipe a twist with the flavors of gingerbread!  This is one of my favorite homemade hot cocoa recipes!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!I’ve been dreaming of gingerbread cocoa for a while now.  It’s probably because of my addiction to molasses.

By the way, did you know that hot chocolate and hot cocoa are not the same thing?  All these years, I’ve been using the phrases interchangeably, and it turns out there is a difference, albeit a subtle one.

Turns out, hot chocolate uses actual chocolate in the recipe, while cocoa gets it’s chocolatey flavor from cocoa powder.  It’s sort of obvious when you think about it.  I guess I just never thought about it before.

I was probably focused on the whipped cream.

(See related post: Peppermint Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa)

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!

(Add this to your Drink Recipes board on Pinterest!)

I’m going to just admit to you now that I kind of cheated and made this in the microwave.  I warmed up the milk and molasses, and then mixed them with the rest of the ingredients.

Why is that cheating, you might ask?  Because they just don’t mix as well.  If you take your time, and make this on the stove, stirring until all the sugar and cocoa are dissolved in, you won’t have so much un-dissolved chocolate in the bottom of your cup when you’re done.

And it will taste better.

That being said, sometimes the microwave is about all the “cooking” I can handle.

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!

This recipe makes 2 servings, which is awesome for a quiet morning with someone you love, or a quiet evening at home alone, when you might feel like drinking two cups instead of just one.

Not that I did that.  *ahem*  However you enjoy it, just make sure you let it brighten your day a little, okay?


Want more?  Try these winter drinks!

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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa
Hot cocoa with molasses and spices.
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 2 cups
  • 2 cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash ginger
  • dash nutmeg
  • whipped cream to garnish (optional)
  1. Combine milk with molasses and heat to desired drinking temperature. (I did this in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes, but it can also be done on a stove.)
  2. Mix with sugar, cocoa, and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream, serve warm.


Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

This gingerbread cupcake recipe is perfect for the holidays.  Your family will love these gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!I will take any excuse to make gingerbread baked goods.

Like, it’s December.  Or it’s cold outside.  Or it’s Tuesday.

I just love that combination of spices and molasses and cake.  Cake frosted with a combination of spices and cream cheese and sugar.

Whoever came up with gingerbread in the first place was a genius.  Genius, I tell you.

You know what else was genius?  Spending this holiday party with my friends.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

You remember my friends, right?  We’ve been celebrating holidays together for a while now.  Perhaps you remember last year’s Christmas party?

We had so much fun at all our previous parties, we decided to do it again this Christmas.  We’ve all come up with some fun new holiday recipes, just for you.  See what I mean?

Christmas Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com - #HolidayFoodParty

1. Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Cravings of a Lunatic
2. Buche de Noel from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. Cranberry Moscow Mule from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
4. Chocolate Gingerbread Crumb Cake from Hungry Couple
5. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Apres Ski Boozy Tea from Pineapple and Coconut
7. Raspberry Almond Torte from Magnolia Days
8. Fruit and Nut Bars from What Smells So Good

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

I’m adding this Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe to my collection of reasons why I love Gingerbread!!


Want more?  Try these gingerbread recipes!

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Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting
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A spicy molasses cupcake with spiced cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 15 cupcakes
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  1. FOR CUPCAKES: Cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix well.
  3. Add milk and flour alternately, mixing just until combined.
  4. Fill lined muffin cups about halfway, and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  5. FOR FROSTING: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add spices and mix to incorporate. Add powdered sugar, and mix until combined, thick and smooth. (You can add more or less powdered sugar to reach the consistency you want.)
  6. Use a piping bag to pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.


Molasses Waffle Cookies with Chocolate Frosting

Ginger cookies with molasses;  These easy ginger molasses cookies are made in a waffle iron and topped with chocolate frosting.

ginger-cookies-with-molassesIt’s fall, and I have a lot of cookie recipes planned to share with you.

A LOT.  So many, in fact, I was having trouble deciding which to share first.

I polled my Facebook fans… most of them voted for an eggnog cookie.  I polled my children… they voted for cookies I’ve already made.  I polled my friends… many of them suggested an apple pie cookie.

Oh, the decisions!

Here’s the thing.  I already made an Apple Pie Cookie.  Alright, the photos are pretty bad (practice makes perfect, right?) but the cookies are pretty good.  And I have ideas for eggnog cookies but I haven’t worked out the details yet.  And I don’t have any eggnog in the fridge today.  (If you’re having eggnog dessert cravings, I recommend these bars or these cookies.  Both excellent, if I do say so myself.)

Ultimately, the deciding factor was that my life got a little nuts.  I forget what it’s like when Robb leaves town.  My already crammed full schedule gets even worse, with no support from him.  It was lucky we had dinner this week, let alone cookies.

Molasses Waffle Iron Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Have you ever made cookies in the waffle iron?  Granted, you can only make 4 cookies at a time, but they cook quickly, and you don’t have to heat up your oven. Continue reading “Molasses Waffle Cookies with Chocolate Frosting” »

Eggnog Bars

eggnog cheesecakeIt’s a winter wonderland here today.

Two days ago, it was 65 degrees and sunny, then the wind started blowing (hard!) and it began snowing.  It snowed for a day and a half, solid.

I am neither joking nor exaggerating when I tell you that this weather is completely normal for Utah.  I’m pretty sure Utah is bi-polar.  Can we get the state of Utah some prescription drugs, people?  Please?

I will tell you that when I look out the window and watch it snow and snow, I really feel like baking.  I want to reach for molasses and butter and cinnamon and cream.

And Diet Coke.  Just being honest, here.

eggnog bars

I bought my first jug of eggnog today, too.  Robb really prefers the thinner, homemade variety, but alas, my blender is broken.  And, let’s just say, the next blender I’m planning to own is the type you save up for.   Continue reading “Eggnog Bars” »


A few things have changed since I made this recipe last year.

We got a dog, for one.  A dog that loves the snow.  And when I say loves, I mean loves the snow.

As in beg-hourly-to-be-let-out love.  As in I’m-not-coming-in-until-someone-plays-in-the-snow-with-me love.  And today?  Roll-my-face-in-it-until-I’m-completely-blind-from-caked-on-snow love.

I’m not going to lie.  We laughed at him and took some pictures before we put him in some warm water.

I mean, a dog that willingly makes himself blind is pretty funny.

A few things have not changed since last year.

Hippie Chick still scrunches up her nose at the cloves, and she still likes to mend broken people-shaped cookies, and Kristen Stewart is still making Twilight movies, and Martha Stewart still has multiple recipes for the same thing. Continue reading “Gingerbread” »

Gingerbread Men

A classic crispy gingerbread cookie with royal icing.

Source: Martha Stewart, the Queen of the classics.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

Is there anything more Christmasey than Gingerbread men?  I think not.  My daughter, who is 10, is at an age where she is very interested in helping me bake, and she is capable and helpful in the kitchen.  Plus, she is very crafty and really wanted to make a gingerbread house this year.  I had planned on making gingerbread men anyway, so I figured we could kill two birds with one stone.  

I ended up feeling awesome about the gingerbread men, all cute in a classic sort of way.  And, I ended up feeling, well, *ahem* something different than awesome about the gingerbread house.  But more on that later.

Continue reading “Gingerbread Men” »