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Happy Thanksgiving {Recipe: Peppermint Hot Chocolate}

I just wanted to take a moment today to wish you, my friends and family, a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

May your table always be full of food, friends and family, may your life be rich, and may you remember, even when times are tough, to always be thankful for the many, ever present blessings in your life. Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for each and every one of you, your friendship and your support of Dine & Dish. I hope this recipe for Peppermint Hot Chocolate (presented in a cup I got from my grandpa when I was just a few years old…just the sight of it makes me happy) keeps you warm on this chilly day! Enjoy!

Recipe: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Makes 6 servings

  • 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 7 Tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or the seeds from 2 vanilla beans)
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  1. Using an electric mixer, whip cream, 1 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to use as topping for the hot chocolate.
  2. In a separate saucepan, bring milk to simmer over medium heat
  3. Add the peppermint extract and vanilla bean paste and sitr
  4. Reduce heat to low and add semisweet chocolate, cocoa and remaining sugar; whisk until smooth.
  5. Ladle hot chocolate into mugs. Top with previously prepared whipped cream.

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  1. Oh my… This looks SO good! Not sure I have all the ingredients right now but – boy! – I wish I did! Yum!

    Your kids are so adorably precious. Love you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Kristen!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

  3. Whenever my creative culinary juices start to stagnate, I visit your blog. I love your blog – you never disappoint. Peppermint Hot Chocolate is perfect for those cold holiday mornings!

  4. I love peppermint hot chocolate – being able to make it at home will be a dangerous thing for me. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Kristen! I hope y’all had a wonderful day today.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. That is so sweet that mug came from your grandfather. I am grateful & thankful to have you in my life:) xoThat

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you too love! So grateful to know you Kristen. You are one of those special people that come along once in a lifetime and I truly feel blessed to have you in my life!

  8. That mug! It is the cutest thing ever. What a memorable thing to have. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I love the mug and the peppermint hot chocolate sounds delicious.

    I’d love for you to submit some of your beautiful photos, and a link to your posts, to my vegetarian food photo gallery showcasing the best baking, desserts and sweets on the web.

  10. Thank you, Kristen, and thank you for the reminder of Dad. Love you and your family and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, too!

  11. it is actually chilly here, in sunny southern CAL. I could use a cup of this right about now! enjoy those 4 delicious, little beings!

  12. Heaven in a cup. I’ll make one as soon as it starts getting cold in Florida which is soon hopefully!

  13. Whoa! Wish I had some of this right now – the perfect holiday drink!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and your family too! I’m so thankful to call you friend.

  14. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kristen!

  15. This recipe looks great! I was shocked to see your baby; that’s the baby I doted on at BlogHer last year? What a cutie. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. This is a perfect day to curl up with a nice mug of hot chocolate, and your version sounds wonderful.

  17. sounds yummy! i love your mug.

  18. Love the hot chocolate recipe. Something about the holiday season always makes me crave peppermint. I get so excited when the red cups are out at Starbucks and I just have to order a peppermint mocha. Perhaps I’ll save the money and just make this instead. Lovely!

  19. I’d love it if you’d share this with my readers over at Menu Inspiration Monday – or anything else you think would be inspirational!


  20. Yum, Yum and Yum. I hot chocolate, especially peppermint hot chocolate.


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