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Cozy Hot Cocoa Mug and Cookies

Cozy Cocoa

This recipe uses simple ingredients to make delicious hot cocoa that will warm you from the inside out! Choose flavorings that suit your cozy mood.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 cups


  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon instant coffee/espresso granules optional, see note
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups 2% or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • whipped cream optional
  • crushed peppermint sticks optional
  • marshmallows optional


  • Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, salt and coffee granules (if desired) in a dutch oven or heavy saucepan.
  • Add water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, whisking frequently. Simmer for 3-5 minutes to ensure the dry ingredients have dissolved completely.
  • Add evaporated milk and milk. Continue whisking until mixture begins to steam.
  • Reduce heat to low and whisk in the vanilla.
  • Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, marshmallows and/or peppermint candy.


The addition of a small amount of instant coffee granules or espresso powder adds a depth of flavor to the cocoa without a noticeable coffee flavor. If you really like the coffee flavor, consider substituting brewed coffee for half of the water in this recipe.
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