The holidays are a magical time for kids (and kids at heart). International Delight® is sponsoring this post about capturing the spirit of the holidays, which in my case involves cold weather, dark chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate!
In Maryland, things start getting wintry around Thanksgiving, and aside from a few bizarro warm-weather days (um, it was 70°F last weekend), the weather outside is generally chilly, sometimes blustery, and can even be a little snowy.
Whether it’s heading out to a local tree farm for our Christmas tree, or having a snowball fight when kids are off for the holiday break, being outside definitely helps us capture the holiday spirit.
Maybe it has something to do with the hours upon hours I spend sledding at the park with friends near my childhood home growing up.
Or perhaps it’s because we always spent a week at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont just as the holidays ended, skiing, enjoying evening fires, and taking sleigh rides around the village.
Nothing caps off a wintry, snowy, festive holiday outing more than a warm mugful of hot chocolate! It’s the first thing my kids ask for after they’ve come in from playing outside, red nosed and chilly.
Speaking of seasonal drinks like hot chocolate, International Delight (ID) has a line of flavors that captures the holiday spirit, including a new line of hot chocolate and nogs!
I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate, so it was a no-brainer for me to pick up the Dark Hot Chocolate. It’s in the fridge section, ready to simply microwave by the mugful and enjoy.
Although, we like to make things a little more fancy over here!
After heating the Dark Hot Chocolate for 45 seconds in a small Pyrex measuring cup, I poured it into fancy glass cups, topped each with a generous dollop of whipped cream, and then sprinkled them with little red crystals.
If that doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, I don’t know what does!
Well, except for maybe the addition of really delicious dark chocolate chip cookies to go with the Dark Hot Chocolate!
I’m going to share the recipe for these easy dark chocolate chip cookies in a sec. But first, take a minute to visit InternationalDelight.com and share how ID helps you capture the spirit of the season, for a chance to win a holiday brunch for friends and family hosted by ID!
And now for the cookies. DARK CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. Yum!
- 2 sticks salted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 12-ounce bag dark chocolate chips
The number of cookies depends on how big of a teaspoonful you use!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.