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Hot Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

Last week, our patrons chose the Chestnut Doodles for the weekly recipe, but no cookie left behind! These hot cocoa oatmeal cookies are a light chocolate sweet treat, but made a little bit healthy.

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies: Makes 24-36 small cookies

1 1/4 cup rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp of your favorite hot cocoa mix

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 tbsp plant butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup mini marshmallows

1/3 cup chocolate chips of choice

  1. In a bowl, mix together your oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together your honey, plant butter, applesauce, vanilla, and cocoa mix.
  3. Stir your dry mix into the honey mixture, and fold in your marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  4. Allow your mixture to chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350F while you’re waiting.
  6. Using a 1 oz scoop (or a rounded tablespoon), scoop cookie dough into balls and place on an greased baking sheet 1-2” apart. Push them down slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingertips.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cook time to promote even baking.
  8. Rest the cookies for 2-5 minutes on the pan before removing and placing on a cooling rack. 

Enjoy! These are great to give you a little sweet without weighing you down for the rest of the day.

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Mustache Hot Cocoa

My kiddo B’s favorite part of winter is all of the hot cocoa! He loves to show off his cocoa mustache and wanted to share our cocoa recipe with you!

Mustache Hot Cocoa: Makes 2 Cups

2 cups milk of choice (we use almond milk)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp cornstarch

3 tbsp baking cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

1 pinch of cinnamon (optional)

1/4 cup chocolate chips of choice (we use dark chocolate chips)

  1. In a small saucepan, add sugar and most of your milk, leaving about 1/2 cup in your measuring receptacle. Put over a medium low heat.
  2. Add your cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon (if using), and cocoa powder to the remaining milk, and stir until thoroughly combined. It’ll look like the cocoa powder doesn’t want to mix, but be patient.
  3. Once your pot begins to simmer lightly, add your remaining milk mixture, and let simmer for about a minute.
  4. Add in your chocolate chips and turn off the heat leaving the pan on the burner. Stir constantly until your chips have completely melted.
  5. Pour into your favorite mug and top with your favorite cocoa toppings! We love marshmallows and candy canes on our cocoa here.
  6. Enjoy! B enjoys it all the time but mostly after coming in from playing in the snow.