Winter’s chocolate fix

Winter’s chocolate fix

Christina Stoutenburg

Editor-in-Chief

 

Winter’s coming and the cold weather’s not letting up, so why not try something new?

Hot chocolate from scratch, or maybe even some no-bake cookies?

Sure, it’s easy to head to the nearest store and purchase premixed powder, whether it be in tub form or packet, but it’s just as easy to concoct hot chocolate from scratch.

Most of the necessary ingredients can be found around the house, some might need to be purchased.

Hot Chocolate by Josh Moody under a Creative Commons license

For two servings the ingredients are:

  • 4-5 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, the kind often used for baking.
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar, a sugar substitute maybe used, refer to the package substitutions
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk, or for a lactose free version try plain soymilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in a small bowl then set aside.

Next heat the milk, or soy milk on the stove or microwave, until hot. Separate the milk into two mugs, and then evenly divide the powder mixture into the two mugs.

Stir and maybe add some marshmallow or whipped cream, if desired.

No-bake cookies are another chocolate fix that most ingredients if not already stocked, are cheap to purchase.

No bake cookies by Rick Measham under a Creative Commons license

To make two to three dozen cookies, it takes about 20 minutes and the following  ingredients:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats

First prepare a wax paper lined cookie sheet for dropping, and then set aside.

Add the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder to a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Let the mixture boil for one minute, and then remove from heat.

Add the peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Next stir in the oats.

Now grab the wax paper lined cookie sheet and drop heaping teaspoons of the mixture onto it, leaving a little space for the cookies to settle.

Let cool until set, then they are ready to eat.

These recipes were found online, the hot chocolate one is courtesy of Meijer Healthy Living Advisor Tina Miller, and the no-bake cookies to the Brown Eyed Baker website.

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