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Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows

There are few sweeter ways to end the day than by snuggling up with your sweetheart and a warm mug of cocoa. Our decadent amaretto hot chocolate will warm your hearts with its indulgent flavors and adorable heart-shaped mini-marshmallow topping.

Although it may look (and taste) like it was created by a gourmet barista, it’s actually quite simple to make. Real Dutch-processed cocoa and semisweet chocolate simmered together with whole milk creates a steaming cup of creamy, homemade goodness. This is far superior to any powdered mix in a packet.

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A splash of amaretto liquor is an extra-special accent that perfectly complements the rich, dark chocolate flavor. Amaretto is a sweet liqueur from Italy, made by infusing both almonds and apricot kernels. This gives it its distinctive flavor, which is reminiscent of cherries with a slightly nutty undertone.

Our recipe uses real sugar, but you can substitute your favorite sweetener of choice. If you’re looking to cut a few calories, you can make this with 2% or skim milk (or splurge and make it extra-decadent and creamy with some half-and-half).

You can also substitute your favorite liqueur — brandy, Kahlua, Bailey’s and peppermint schnapps are all excellent options that will add some exciting taste variations to your dessert-in-a-mug.

Heart marshmallows clearly separate this cup o’ love from everyday cocoa. By coating your heart-shaped cookie-cutter with a dusting of powdered sugar, you can create tiny confectionary tributes to love, without any stickiness. (Not shown: Us serving those cute little hollowed-out marshmallows on a little plate.)

Get all fancy and top your creation with chocolate chips, slivered almonds, a dusting of cocoa and more powdered sugar or whipped cream — whatever you little heart desires. Serve with a cookie or biscotti for dipping.

It’s always the tiny touches that say “I love you” the loudest.


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows


Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows

Yield 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons amaretto
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped or shaved semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Large marshmallows
  • Small heart-shaped cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. In medium saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate.
  2. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until chocolate is well blended.
  3. Add amaretto.
  4. Pour into mugs.
  5. Cut several marshmallows in half horizontally.
  6. Dip heart-shaped cookie cutter into powdered sugar. Press cutter into center of a cut marshmallow. Repeat for each marshmallow.
  7. Float marshmallow hearts on top of hot chocolate.

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Amaretto hot chocolate with heart marshmallows

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