Sugar and spice and everything nice! That’s what I thought when I first tried Fancypants Baking Co’s Spiced Chocolate cookies. They’re crispy little chocolate treats with a hint of cinnamon and cayenne – the perfect bite to satisfying a craving and warm you up on these cold winter days. I loved them so much that they inspired me to make homemade spiced hot chocolate to pair them with – a sweet and spiced pairing that warms up your core!I’m a big fan of Fancypants Baking Co’s cookies in general, they’re made with fresh, wholesome, mindfully sourced ingredients, and all made in nut-free facilities. The company also has a big focus on sustainability – all of their food waste (think: broken cookies) gets turned into energy through a partnership with Farm Powered or used create other upcycled products (seriously, try their tasty upcycled cookies, yum!).The Fancypants Baking Co’s Spiced Chocolate cookies are so good, it’s just a hint of spice that makes the flavor really unique (not too spicy, Jane ate them and enjoyed them along with the grown-ups!). The flavor profile was like a lightbulb moment for me and made me crave a spiced hot cocoa. Creating this homemade version was a cinch, just warming and whisking the ingredients together in a small pot. The few extra minutes of prep – compared to a packet of hot  cocoa mix – make it so worth it, the flavor is unparalleled and perfect companion to the spiced chocolate cookies. Get the full recipe below!

Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies + Cocoa.
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon chili powder, plus more for dusting
  • Homemade whipped cream
  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine milk, finely chopped semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and chili powder
  2. Heat and continuously whisk until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is hot (be careful not to boil).
  3. Pour hot chocolate into a mug, top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder and chili powder if desired.

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