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Hot Cinnamon Cocoa

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Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


about 4 servings

"THERE'S NOTHING that warms a body on a cold winter day like a steaming cup of cocoa, and my mother's was extra-special. She would put a small piece of cinnamon in to add more flavor. Mmm-m-m, it was good."


  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups scalded milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches each)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In the top of a double boiler, stir together cocoa, sugar and salt. Gradually add boiling water. Place over direct heat and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and cinnamon sticks and place over boiling water. Stir and heat 10 minutes. Remove sticks and stir in vanilla. Beat with a wire whisk to froth milk. Serve immediately.

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