Thick, rich Cookie Butter Hot Cocoa is the perfect drink to sip on a snowy night. Deliciously dairy-free when prepared with your favorite nut milk.
Last fall my husband discovered Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, that magical jarred spread made from spicy, gingerbread-like Specaloos cookies. Cookie Butter quickly became his new best friend. Santa put two jars in his Christmas stocking. And then he started his New Years Fitness Revolution and abandoned those jars to the pantry, where they beckon to me every time I open the door.
While I don’t have the same affinity for the stuff that he does, I’ve been looking for a fun way to incorporate Cookie Butter into a dessert ever since it arrived in my kitchen. Boy did I find a good way: Cookie Butter Hot Cocoa!
Thanks to the thick, rich spread, this cocoa is so, so rich and thick, with the perfect balance of chocolate and spice. I came up with the idea when I was trying to find a way to make a super-rich cocoa without using heavy cream. I’d originally thought about Nutella but we were out of it. And I’m so glad about that! Cookie Butter Hot Cocoa ended up being an awesome surprise.
We made our Cookie Butter Hot Cocoa over the weekend and it was the perfect decadent treat to sip alongside bowls of buttery popcorn while working on a fun craft project (we made homemade snow globes for Valentines Day).
This would be an incredible way to warm up after a trip to the sled hill (or an afternoon shoveling). Of course, if you add a bit of rum, it could also be a delicious and decadent dessert for grown ups to sip in front of a crackling fire on Valentine’s Night.
I made ours using original flavor cashew milk since we had some in the house. But you can easily sub in whatever type of milk or cream you prefer. If you’re using regular milk, you may need to add an extra sprinkle of sugar since your milk isn’t sweetened. Just adjust to your taste. With yummy cookie butter involved, its guaranteed to be good.
Oh, and if you’d like the instructions for making our Homemade Valentine’s Snow Globes, explore the full tutorial over at The Inspired Home (later this week).
Cooke Butter Hot Cocoa
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup Specaloos Cookie Butter
6 cups original flavor cashew milk or any milk of your choosing
1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar (use as needed)
- Combine cocoa powder, cookie butter and milk in a large saucepan (or cocoa machine) set over medium heat. Use a whisk to gently stir mixture until heated through and evenly combined.
- Taste cocoa. Depending on your milk, add additional sugar if needed.
- To serve, pour into mugs. Top with homemade marshmallows or whipped cream as desired and drink immediately.