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Want to impress Santa with something besides cookies this year? Tried baked hot chocolate.

I first tried this wanna be lava cake in a cup at Moxie’s, a popular Cleveland restaurant. The enormous mug held a gooey, chocolatey center. I’ve slimmed down their version so you can make it in a teacup–in the microwave. There’s no need to spray the cup beforehand but you should mix it in a bowl before pouring into the mug. If you’re using a regular-sized mug double the ingredients. This recipe is perfect for Santa’s little helpers to make.

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Baked Hot Chocolate Mini Microwave Style

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp. sugar (1/2 tbsp. more if you like it sweet)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 cup + ½ tbsp. milk
  • 2 drops extract (peppermint, vanilla or almond)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Hershey’s kiss (or a dollop of Nutella)

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl; whisk in the milk and oil.
  2. Pour into mug (it will not be full). Unwrap Hershey’s kiss and push it into the middle of the batter (or use Nutella).
  3. Cook for 90 seconds in the microwave. (Microwaves cook differently; my microwave has low wattage. You may want to start with 60 seconds and cook for 30 seconds more, if needed.)
  4. Cool for 60 seconds. Top liberally with whipped cream.

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