Spike up your Holidays…

So we are down to the wire. For me Christmas is tomorrow night. So tonight is our Christmas Eve. One thing I have started to go to is hot chocolate in a crock pot. No hot chocolate is not hard to make but it’s nice to have it being kept warm in the crock pot all day and just being available when the cocoa mood strikes…and this time of year it strikes often. Just set out a few types of hot chocolate and keep some frozen whipped cream circles in the freezer and you are good to go.

I was sent Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations and while it’s not a Christmas book (it’s holidays throughout the year) I did go searching for Christmas type recipes. Found a Bailey’s cocoa recipe and decided to make it with Peppermint Schnapps since I am a peppermint cocoa kind of gal. Of course the booze is added later and so the cocoa is for everyone. And you can add just about any booze you want…and depending on what relatives show you might be drinking a lot and I mean A LOT of cocoa. :P

We are trying to get things done. My Christmas dessert is setting up. I made brownies and Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream to go with. Bolognese sauce is bubbling away on the stove top to go on top of stuffed shells. UPS is messing with me and I have two gifts coming tomorrow night. Which sucks as they have until 7pm to deliver them…talk about cutting it close. Soccer girl and I worked on a gingerbread house…we think it turned out well. And Flash was off at a friend’s house and they decorated gingerbread men…anyone want to guess who his gingerbread cookie is?

Anyway I hadn’t really planned on posting this recipe but then my food blogging friend Tania of Love Big, Bake Often was asking on FB if anyone had ever done crock pot hot chocolate and I told her I just had. She asked for the recipe and so I decided why the heck not. It makes a lot of cocoa but we have 4 right now and gain a spare kiddo tomorrow night. So we needed a bunch of cocoa. :)

Hope everyone is getting things done. Try not to rush and enjoy each other. And if you don’t enjoy the people you are with HIGHLY consider just not doing things with those people next year. :)

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  1. This looks SO good I immediately pinned it!

  2. Merry Christmas Peabody!!! i think you’re just wonderful and i don’t know what i love more, your recipes or your blogging :) i wish all the best to you and your family!!

  3. Mmmm, I’ll have to try this when my brothers come over on Christmas. I always have issues keeping the extra cocoa warm while they drink some, so this is a brilliant idea. I’ll probably throw in Baileys instead of schnapps, though, because Baileys is my BFF. :P

    I love the piggy mug too!

  4. This hot chocolate sounds amazing and warm. I can just feel the warmth going through my belly :)

    I hope you have a very merry Christmas, Peabody! :)

  5. Merry Christmas! That gingerbread house looks incredible! Is it from a kit by any chance?

  6. @alex the house comes assembled you only have to decorate

  7. Helen in CA says:

    2 crockpots……make the base. One w/ peppermint candy (for schnapps) and the other w/out (for Baileys). YUM what a way to entertain for Christmas/this time of year!

    Be real good on a cold New Year’s Day as well

  8. Thank you. Don’t think I’m going to be waiting for next Christmas hehehe. Also really like the one you made out of rice krispie treats a while back.

  9. I love this idea! I’ll definitely make this recipe for Christmas. How many would you say that recipe serves?

  10. Probably around 8…but we like big servings around here. :)


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