Every winter, some time between Christmas and the arrival of spring, my daughters and I host a cookie decorating party. We look forward to this event all year. Even as we’re cleaning up cookie crumbs, frosting and sprinkles, we’re already hatching plans for next year’s extravaganza.
Having hosted this event so many times, we’ve got the prep work pretty well figured out. I bake cookies, make and tint royal icing and transfer it to piping bags, and I put out enough candy to fill a small store in my dining room.
This year I decided to add a hot chocolate bar. I wasn’t sure whether it would be just too much sugar added onto the insanity of cookies and their decorations, but it turned out to be a great hit.
I made a gallon of hot chocolate (with whole milk, of course. This is a decadent event.) in my crock pot. Nearby, I set dishes of marshmallows, broken candy canes (although any mint candy would do) and butterscotch chips. I also made a couple of flavoured creamers available. By the time our party was over, the hot chocolate had all been consumed and I’d refilled the marshmallows three times.
Why not try this out at your next winter event? It’s popular with kids and parents alike! You could make a smaller version of this as a special winter treat on a snow day home with the kids.
Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has been coordinating How Do You Do It? since late 2012. She is the divorced mother of 7-year-old monozygotic twins, M and J. She lives with them and their 3 cats in the Austin, TX suburbs and works full time as a business analyst. She retired her personal blog, Double the Fun, when the girls entered elementary school and also blogs at Adoption.com and Multicultural Mothering.