Crockpot Nutella Hot Chocolate & GingerBread Cuties...

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Christmas Season is in full swing & I couldn't be happier! Its So Nice to wear those warm clothes, Sit By the fire and Cook up lovely Seasonal Treats in the Kitchen!

I came across this recipe for Crockpot (or slowcooker!) Nutella Hot Chocolate on 'The Frugal Girls' Blog & decided to Try it out for myself - Changing some of the ingredients to my tastes :D

It is so creamy and smooth and, well, delicious! This is something everyone will love & It is so simple to make - You can put it in the crockpot in the morning and it'll be ready and waiting for you when you get home from doing your christmas shopping!

Your going to need;
5 cups of milk (I used 2 semi skimmed & 3 skimmed but you can use what you prefer!)
4 sachets (or half a cup) of Options hot chocolate powder (or whatever you like best!)
3 Tablespoons of Nutella
 Half a cup of Artificial Sweetner (or white sugar if you have an extra sweet tooth!)
1 cup of Hot water

Some spray cream for topping
Extra cocoa powder (or edible glitter) for dusting
I also picked up some of these Cadbury chocolate stars for decoration.

To Make it yourself;
* Mix the Cocoa powder, Sweetener, Nutella & Hot water in a Large Pan and Bring it to the Boil on the lowest heat. Your Kitchen will start to smell amazing!
*Once it is boiling, add it into your Crockpot (slowcooker) and pour in all the milk.
**If you would like to you could also add some syrups at this stage**
*Stir it all together and then cook for 2-2 and a half hours on high setting or 4 - 4 and a half hours on the low setting.

Once the time is up you can ladle the hot choclate into mugs or jars & add your toppings! I am using this super cute 'ladle of love' that I got from dotcomgiftshop for £1!

 I tied a little chocolate star around each jar with some twine which I got on eBay (here) but you can find it in most craft stores! I sprayed a generous amount of cream ontop of the chocolate and finished with some golden edible glitter and another chocolate star!

**I just want to say that if you are using glass jars to serve the chocolate, please make sure that they are not too cold before you pour in the chocolate, otherwise the combination of the cold glass and the hot drink will make the glass crack!**

This really is a simple and delicious winter recipe that I know I will be using many times this Christmas!

&& why not make some cute gingerbread cookies to go with your hot chocolate?

Gingerbread cookies have been a christmas tradition for years and years and They are so much fun to make! They have a simple recipe and you can be as creative as you like with your decorations - give them a try this year :)

You're going to need;
125g Butter
100g Brown sugar
125ml Golden Syrup
1 Egg Yolk
375g Plain Flour
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Cinammon
1 tsp Bicarbonate Soda

You will also need some cookie cutters, preferably a gingerbread man one!

To Make them Yourself;
* Preheat your oven to gas mark 5
*Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl, until it is creamy, then add in the golden syrup and egg yolk & mix until it is all combined.
*Now add in the flour, spices and Bicarbonate of soda and gently mix in. This will eventually become a non sticky luimp of dough.
* Form it into a ball, turn this out of the bowl onto some cling film, wrap it all up and pop into your fridge for about 30 minutes.

*After 30 minutes is up roll out the gingerbread on a floured surface. Try to roll it all to one thickness so that the cookies cook in the same amount of time.
* cut out your gingerbread shapes from the dough and put them onto a greased baking tray, a few centermetres apart.

*Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes, checking them regularly to make sure they dont burn.
*Once they are ready, transfer them to a wire rack or a plate to cool completely.

While they are cooling you can make your icing - if you want to use pre tubed icings they will work just as well!

To make your own you will need; 
60g stork/butter
5oz icing sugar
2 drops liquid vanilla
1-2 tbsp milk

I also picked up some decorations (chocolate chips, fudge pieces & sugar snowflakes) from Tesco - you can use whatever you like best!

I separated my icing into 4 bowls and made 4 different colours to use; black, red, pink and I left one white. I also had some coloured tubed icing to use.

Just get as creative as you like with your icing and decorations - I piped my home made icing though a writing nozzle so I could do lots of cute designs!

I made Kawaii (cute) little gingerbread men with glimmering eyes, a gingerbread man with 'stitching' around the edge, a 'Shrek' inspired gingerbread man && a blushing gingerbread man! They are very sweet and very yummy!

These make perfect winter treats && they also look lovely wrapped in cellophane and ribbon as homemade Christmas gifts!

I hope you loved reading my First Christmas Post this year as much as I loved creating it! Let me see How your Gingerbread cookies Came Out!

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