Spiced Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter Biscuits and Toasty Marshmallows

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter Biscuits and Toasty Marshmallows

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter Biscuits and Toasty Marshmallows

I was thinking about Christmas as a child and how so many of the holiday rituals were connected to specific foods:  Christmas Eve – tourtière; Christmas day – turkey and dressing; Boxing Day – ham and cabbage rolls. Even preparing for the day had ritualistic dishes. Hanging the lights meant hot chocolate, and trimming the tree, egg nog. Of course now as an adult, I have only to catch a whiff of tourtière and I feel Christmas Eve. How powerful our senses are! When I saw this recipe for hot chocolate in Donna Hay’s issue #86, it immediately transported me back to the many years of hanging Christmas lights,  getting the exterior of the house ready for Christmas festivities. We would race back inside and warm up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. This recipe puts a little spin on our favourite winter beverage. It is as much fun to nibble the chocolate and cookie crumb rims, as it is to gulp down the creamy hot chocolate. I toasted the marshmallows with my kitchen torch, so they began to melt as soon as they hit the hot chocolate. Oh boy, this may become an addiction! And for all the adults, once you come down from the ladder, just add a good shot of chocolate liqueur to make this a truly celebratory holiday beverage.

I have the honour of co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week with my long-time blogging buddy, Hilda of Along the Grapevine. Be sure to check out her amazing blog for a myriad of ideas and recipes using foraged ingredients! If you have never joined Fiesta Friday’s link-up, please come and join us.  Here are the guidelines. Happy Fiesta Friday to you all!   And happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends.

Don't forget to put a mug out for Santa!

Don’t forget to put a mug out for Santa!

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter Biscuits and Toasty Marshmallows

Ingredients:

100 g dark chocolate, melted

3 1/2 cups milk (I used whole milk)

¼ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

6 white marshmallows

Biscuits

125 g unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup smooth peanut butter

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup white flour

¾ cups whole wheat flour

Method:

To make the peanut butter biscuits, place the butter, peanut butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the flours and beat until a dough forms. Roll out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to 3 mm thick. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a fluted ravioli cutter, cut the dough into 2 inch by 6 inch strips (or whatever size you like). Place strips on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Set aside to cool completely.

Crush 2 of the biscuits to fine crumbs and place in a small bowl. Place the melted chocolate in a bowl. Dip the rims of 2 x 1 ½ cup capacity glasses or jars in the melted chocolate and then in the crumbs.

Place the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and remaining melted chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat.   Bring to just before boiling point and pour into glasses.

Toast the marshmallows with a kitchen blowtorch.

Add the marshmallows to the glasses of hot chocolate and pass the biscuits.

Store the extra biscuits in an airtight container. They would make a great crust for a chocolate and peanut butter pie!

What a treat after hours of hanging Christmas lights outdoors!

What a treat after hours of hanging Christmas lights outdoors!

38 Responses to “Spiced Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter Biscuits and Toasty Marshmallows”

  1. Hilda

    This is such a neat way to serve hot chocolate with the cookie built right into the cup. And the addition of maple syrup is just brilliant!

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Thanks so much, Hilda! I wish I could take the credit for this brilliance, but alas, it is Donna Hay, once again! It sure was delicious, though. I can’t wait to make it again and spike it with chocolate liqueur! See you tomorrow! 😀

      Reply
  2. petra08

    hi Julianna
    You make a cup of hot chocolate in to a feast! I bet Santa wouldn’t leave your house if he got a cup of that! Just delicious! 🙂
    Happy FF, thank you for co hosting and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hi Petra. Yes, I just couldn’t’ resist this recipe! I have a bunch of the cookies stored in my freezer for Santa on Christmas Eve! I will leave the bottle of chocolate liqueur out so he can decide if he wants to add it to the chocolate 😉
      Happy FF to you too! 😀

      Reply
  3. Jess

    This looks fantastic. I’m imagining the first sip that combines the chocolate and pb biscuits with the marshmallow flavored hot cocoa and it’s making my mouth water. Just great 😀

    Reply
  4. Michelle

    Yes- Santa wants this to be “his” drink this year!
    Yum!
    Thanks for co-hosting at FF!
    Have a great day!
    Michelle

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Haha! Well, Santa may begin to wonder why he is getting the same drink in so many houses! 😉 But I don’t think he will complain! 😀

      Reply
  5. love in the kitchen

    Such a perfect flavour combination – peanut butter and chocolate. And now I’m going to need a kitchen torch to scorch marshmallows with! Thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday. I don’t get to the party often but am always so inspired when I do.

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Oh, you should come to Ff more often! I am constantly inspired! By the way, I just got my kitchen torch and am so excited about all of the things I can do with it! It is a great kitchen tool. 😀

      Reply
  6. Julie is Hostess At Heart

    Oh heavens I would absolutely love a delicious hot chocolate like this and definitely with a shot of chocolate liquer. I love how food and their smells evoke memories of times and people.

    Reply
  7. Lily

    I love Donna Hay. Her recipes are so sophisticated and elegant. What a great way to serve hot chocolate! Thanks for sharing and co-hosting this week:)

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hi Lily. Yes, Donna Hay is just the best. I am a huge fan of her magazines and cookbooks. She stretches my culinary regime and I am constantly amazed at what I can create. 😀

      Reply
  8. cgamble1521

    What inspiring comfort food ! I will probably live this winter off of this.

    Reply
  9. {A Hint of Ginger}

    This screams Christmas to me! I’ve always enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate to warm up on cold, snowy days…yours kicks it up a few notches. Can’t wait to try it out!

    Reply

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