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Vegan Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate


My family and I always visit a local tree farm to cut the perfect evergreen for the holidays. We’ve been doing it since we were young. It has always involved a labyrinth walk through a field filled with hundreds of Christmas trees to choose from. We always have trouble finding the one that is perfectly fitting for the occasion.

Some years there is snow, other years there is rain, but no matter what the weather we always strap on suitable outdoor gear and find the perfect tree! We always finish our tradition with some hot chocolate, or apple cider. Which is where this recipe comes in super handy. Having returned from adventures around the world, I wanted to make a more interesting hot chocolate that is loaded with spices! I loaded it with WAY too many marshmallows… just because it looked cool.

I also have been baking so many things because there is always a party, and everyone loves home baking. I had some leftover gingerbread and decided to make some gingerbread sticks that could be used to dip in the spiced chocolatey goodness. It was probably the best decision I made that day.



The other nice thing about being home for the holidays is having extra helping hands. My sister was super amazing and helped me by being the prop in my little photo shoot. These photos wouldn’t have been complete without her 🙂




Now the hot chocolate itself is vegan, but I added marshmallows, which are not very vegan at all. If you want to make it vegan, just omit the marshmallows or find some vegan ones in the shops around Kensington Market in Toronto.

Do you have any family traditions over the holidays? What is your go to hot drink when it is chilly? Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Thanks for following me, and I hope to give you some more tasty treats worth making in the new year!

Anna xoxoxoxox





Choco-Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are actually one of the best Christmas cookies I have made. The chocolate wafer’s are crunchy and chocolatey with a creamy, crunchy candy cane filling. The two flavours of mint and chocolate always go so well together. 

The cocoa I used was cocoa I had in my pantry pre-fairtrade, so I decided to use it up before buying new fair trade cocoa!


The chocolate wafer recipe which can be found below is a really great recipe I would recommend using in any recipe where it is desired to use chocolate wafers. The batter is easy to mould and freezes and slices very easily.

It just so happened that a neighbour popped by to say, Merry Christmas, as I just completed these cookies. I allowed for him to taste the cookies and he seemed pretty satisfied with the outcome! After he left I decided to test a sandwich out myself and wow, they were very good. I love foods that have a little bit of a bite and are crunchy not soggy.

 My sister will take credit for the “Triple ‘C’ Threat” title, it is pretty good. (It is seen below)

Wishing everyone happy baking and a Merry Christmas!!!!! oxxoxo



Christmas Spritz Cookies

Here it is only 2 more days until Christmas! It really does not feel like it. But my kitchen smells great and everyone in my household is getting excited to eat, sing and be merry!

This recipe was a little more difficult than I had hoped because I was silly and decided to pipe a cookie dough that was way to much of a cookie dough to be piped. Rolled and cut would have been a lot easier. Oh well, I learned for next time. This way I can let everyone else know about not piping so it can be avoided!!

Ok, so this is a big moment. I have been using my stand-mixer… and it has been life-changing. Living at home allows me to not be too concerned about roomies using a stand-mixer for unusual things. I can leave my stand-mixer on the counter awaiting my next visit. It deserved one… or several skips around the kitchen.

This is what the spritz cookies look like if they are piped. It was a struggle, but I was able to turn something difficult into something workable.

I would just highly suggest not to attempt to pipe these cookies and you will not run into any problems. The dough is a very smooth and workable dough for anything except piping!