Mrs. Mouse’s Secret Ingredient Christmas Cocoa

Every night before Timley goes to bed, his devoted (a little too devoted, in Timley’s mind) mother brings him a cup of hot cocoa. At Christmastime, she makes it a little extra-special!

Here’s the recipe (it makes 6 servings):

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. cocoa

dash salt

1/3 c. hot water

4 c. milk

3/4 t. vanilla extract

If you have the good fortune of finding a vanilla bean pod when scavenging around the town bakery’s garbage, split it open with your sharp front teeth, put it in a container with superfine sugar, and let it infuse for awhile. Substitute the vanilla extract for a teaspoon of vanilla sugar in each cup of cocoa just before serving. Vanilla sugar can also be found at Scandinavian specialty shops. Enjoy! You can keep replacing sugar in the container with the vanilla bean for up to a year for more vanilla-flavored sugar.

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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2 Responses to Mrs. Mouse’s Secret Ingredient Christmas Cocoa

  1. Debbie Austin says:

    Yum! I am longing for a quiet winter evening cozied up to the fire with a cup of cocoa. Now I have the perfect recipe. What fun to make vanilla sugar, too. I am definitely going to try that. Thanks for sharing Mrs. Mouse’s Secret Ingredient Christmas Cocoa!


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