My Favorite Sugar Cookies and Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I messed up.

Thinking that my son’s Valentine’s Day party was this week, we made some sweet little sugar cookies for him to bring . . . only to realize *forehead smack* that Valentine’s day is NEXT week!!  Argh!  Oh well, it was a happy accident because we have truly enjoyed these cookies after almost every meal.

And for snack time.

And on those few afternoons where I find some quiet moments to myself during naptime.

Okay, okay, I think you get the picture.  We love these cookies!

Since it’s February and spring hasn’t sprung yet, I am still going strong with hot cocoa too.  Alright, this is just between us, I might have a full-blown sugar addiction.  So as I was enjoying my cocoa and cookies today, I thought I’d share these two recipes with you.  Neither is super sweet but both pack a lot of flavor.Sugar Cookies and Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot Chocolate Mix (adapted from Backpacker Magazine’s mix)

2-1/2 c. powdered milk

5oz non-instant chocolate pudding (I’ve used instant and it works just fine too)

1 c. cocoa powder

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 c. non-dairy creamer

2 dashes of cinnamon

Dash of salt

-Mix together all ingredients.

-Add a couple tablespoons up to a 1/4 cup mix of cocoa mix into a mug.  I’ll leave you to guess which camp I’m in.

-Fill the cup with hot water or milk and stir well.

Sugar Cookies and Hot Chocolate (1 of 1)

Our Favorite Sugar Cookies

3-1/2 c. bread flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg (this is the secret ingredient that makes these goooooood!)

1 c. sour cream

3/4 c. sugar

2/3 c. butter

1/3 c. shortening

-Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

-Cream butter, shortening and sugar together in large mixing bowl.

-Blend in the sour cream and then mix in the dry ingredients.

-Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

-Roll out the dough to 1/2″ thick on a floured surface.

-Cut out with desired cookie cutters place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Sugar Cookies and Hot Chocolate (1 of 10)
We decided to roll the cut edges of our cookies in candy decoration. Since this recipe is just lightly sweet, the cookies are great for adding decoration and icing without becoming overwhelmingly sugary.

-Bake at 350˚ for 8-10 minutes.

Baked Sugar cookies
The cookies should not be overly browned – they should just look dry. If in doubt, pull ’em out!
Little boy eating sugar cookie
Just try to keep them away from the locals!

Sugar cookies and hot chocolate

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