inspired by: holiday favorites
One of my all-time favorite cookies is a White Chocolate & Cranberry cookie. I know some people aren’t a fan of white chocolate – and yes, I know it’s not really chocolate – but there’s something about biting into one of those morsels alongside the tartness of dried cranberries that is just delightful. This is what led us to our White Hot Chocolate with Cranberry Syrup.
This drink is inspired by those cookies, and also by the cold weather we’ve been having lately. We even got some snow! Curling up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and hot cocoa is one of the best things about winter. And for some reason, white hot chocolate seems much more elegant and decadent than regular hot chocolate, don’t you think?
- 4 cups milk (we used whole)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 8 oz. white chocolate chips
- A sprinkling of both cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1 carton of heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- ⅔ cup + sugar
- ⅔ cup water
- Smidge of salt
- Splash of lemon juice
- Start with the cranberry syrup. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer and stir over low heat until all the sugar is dissolved and the cranberries are a bright, cheery red (about 10 minutes).
- Use a fine sieve to strain the cranberries into a heatproof bowl. You can press lightly on the cranberries to gain a little extra syrup. Once the syrup has cooled, you can store in a glass container. Keep the syrup in the refrigerator if not using right away. The syrup will thicken when chilled, so just reheat it on the stove for easier pouring.
- If you do not have a kitchen helper, next you'll want to make the whipped cream. Pour a container of heavy whipping cream into a stainless steel bowl and start whipping! You can whip by hand or use a hand mixer or kitchen aid. Just as soft peaks are starting to form, sprinkle in a little white sugar for taste (and vanilla, if you'd like). Keep whipping until the peaks begin to hold. Be careful not to overwhip.
- I was nervous about the ratio of white chocolate to milk, and came across Gimme Some Oven's recipe while googling inspiration. Honestly, her recipe is super hard to improve upon: it's simple and straightforward and so tasty! I'm addicted to cinnamon and nutmeg, so sprinkled a little into the mix, but that is entirely optional. Check out her recipe here!
- Summary: Stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan until simmering. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
- Top first with whipped cream and then with cranberry syrup!
Wrap up in a blanket, pop in your favorite holiday movie, and enjoy!