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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa #NationalGingerbreadCookieDay

It is All Things Gingerbread today as tomorrow is National Gingerbread Cookie Day and I made this incredible Gingerbread Hot Cocoa for you to enjoy. It is spicy and warm and oh, so delicious. If you like gingerbread, you must give this a try!

And I had but one penny in the world, thou should'st have it to buy gingerbread.

—William Shakespeare, "Love's Labor's Lost"

When you are mentioned in a Shakespearean play, you know you have hit the big time!  Gingerbread has been around for a long, long while, maybe even as far back as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Crusaders brought the spice to their kings and at first, was a pretty hot commodity. As ginger became more available, gingerbread in the shape of cookies or cake became a household staple. My personal favorite story is how Queen Elizabeth I gave out gingerbread cookies made to look like her guests! I bet they were enchanted by the cookies.

And now back to our present day!  We have ginger readily available and fairly inexpensively, so we can play and create new uses for the spice. When making this gingerbread hot cocoa, I chose to keep the traditional flavors of molasses and ginger. If you aren't a molasses fan, you can replace it with dark or light corn syrup in the same measurements.

Feel like a little less sugar option?  You have to try these mid-day squares!

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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Warm, rich, and comforting, this is the perfect drink for a very chilly night.
prep time: 6 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 21 M


  • 4 c almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 c powdered cocoa
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 T molasses
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground allspice
  • salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • whipped topping for garnish if desired


How to cook Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients EXCEPT the whipped cream. Only a dash of salt is needed.
  2. Cook and whisk over medium heat until hot.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Ladle into mugs and dollop on whipped cream.
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  1. My daughter loves gingerbread and I will certainly share this with her.

  2. I need to try this! I am a huge gingerbread fan. I don't think I've ever tried gingerbread hot cocoa, so I'm excited to make it.

  3. I love gingerbread and would love this cocoa! I can't wait to try it. Maybe my kids will like it too!

  4. We all love hot chocolate and gingerbread is a great new twist to the classic. Only 98 calories is another big plus to enjoy.

  5. Gingerbread hot cocoa is something I've never tasted. Now that I have a recipe, I am eager to make it for my family.

  6. Very creative Terri. A great way to get your gingerbread fix.

  7. I have never tried it that way before. Sounds really yummy. Will have to make really soon.

  8. Now this sounds like an absolutely delicious idea for hot chocolate and I have no idea was national gingerbread cookie day I might have to go and see if I have any.

  9. I am so confused by gingerbread day being in November.... It is like suddenly this year December things are in November and my head is spinning! I do though now need hot chocolate! Thanks for sharing!

  10. You definitely are the hot drink queen! Sounds delicious.

  11. You've combined two of my favorites, gingerbread and hot cocoa. This recipe is one that I see myself making many, many times this winter!

  12. This looks great! I'm always up for trying a new hot beverage in the winter

  13. Yummy, yum, yum!! I love all kinds of hot chocolate and this recipe sound so good.

  14. We love hot chocolate especially when it is cold outside. I've never tried gingerbread flavor hot chocolate but it sounds delicious.

  15. This sounds and looks so yummy. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try, especially on those cold fall nights.

  16. Oh yes! A hot cacao is what my family need during these cold evenings! We will try this recipe tonight!

  17. This is a great idea for hosting this holiday. Great for the kids as well.

  18. Gingerbread cookies are one of my favourite things about this time of year. I am excited to try your gingerbread hot cocoa recipe. we are having a family movie night this weekend and I think it will be a perfect treat.

  19. I would love this flavor combination of the gingerbread and hot chocolate! Yum!


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