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Santa's Favorite Hot Cocoa

For one serving

* 1 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
* 1-2 drops pure vanilla extract


  1. Whisk together milk, cocoa powder, and sugar in a small saucepan or double boiler.

  2. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking often, until warm (not boiling).

  3. Add chocolate chips and whisk constantly until the chocolate chips melt and combine completely with the milk.

  4. Take off the heat, whisk in vanilla extract, and serve immediately.

    **Choose your favorite topping: whipped cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, crushed peppermints, coconut, sprinkles, caramel or chocolate syrup, toffee bits...

Hot Cocoa recipe



Santa's Favorite Cookies:
Donna P.'s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe


This is a very special recipe, courtesy of Donna. 

Be sure to follow timing directions, and use Cook's vanilla ~ 

These will become your favorite, too!



* 1 cup Butter-flavored Crisco                 

* 2/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed     

* 1 cup baking white sugar                     

* 2 large eggs, room temperature 

* 1 teaspoon salt 

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 tablespoon Cook's vanilla       

* 3 cups unbleached flour

* 12 oz bag Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together the Crisco and both sugars until creamy.  Don't whip.

  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well on low speed.

  4. Scrape bowl.  Add salt, baking soda, and vanilla, and mix until blended.

  5. Add flour, one cup at a time, on low speed. Don't overbeat!

  6. Add the chocolate chips and stir until completely incorporated.

  7. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper. (Donna uses a 2 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop.) LIGHTLY flatten the tops.

  8. Bake for 6 minutes on the top shelf.

  9. Turn the tray, and place it on the bottom shelf. 

  10. Bake for another 5-7 minutes, when the edges are lightly browned and the middle still isn't set.

  11. When the cookies can retain their shape, move to a rack.

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