White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Hot Choclate

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, we’ve got our Christmas tree up, I’ve already eaten once at the Christmas market, and I’ve even ordered a couple of presents already. Who even am I? Normally I leave everything until the last minute and run around in a panic trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing before Christmas morning. Granted, I still have quite a few gifts to figure out, and I haven’t even started thinking about a menu, but I’m currently feeling way ahead of the game.

I’m ready to relax into the season and really enjoy it this year. We’ve got advent calendars, I’m thinking of picking up a bottle of Bailey’s, and the Golden Globe nominations are being announced on Thursday. I’m all set for cozy, quiet days, or should I say nights as we’re only getting about seven hours of daylight at the moment. Thirteen days of work left, then I’m all the way in the Christmas spirit.

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

To help you get extra cozy this holiday season, I’ve made you some White Hot Chocolate, and it is tasty. We’ve got a whole bar of white chocolate in these two glasses. This is my husband’s favorite hot chocolate as he’s not a dark chocolate fan. It’s delicate and not outrageously sweet.

This is, admittedly more complicated than dumping some powder in a cup, adding boiling water, and stirring, but your still rather minimal effort will be rewarded. We’re mostly just chopping chocolate, heating, and stirring. And while you could skip the whipped cream and sprinkles, I can’t think of why you’d want to. It’s Christmas after all. Even if it’s not, there’s no bad day for sprinkles. And if you wanted to add some Bailey’s, I wouldn’t stop you.

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Keep the long dark winter at bay by lighting the fire, bringing a tree into your house, and sipping White Hot Chocolate. It’s gonna be awesome.

White Hot Choclate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 mugs

White Hot Chocolate is sweet and smooth and so awesome.

Ingredients

  • 100 grams white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour or corn starch
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles to top

Instructions

  1. Chop your white chocolate relatively finely and pop it in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, whisk together the corn flour and milk powder to combine. Add the milk slowly, whisking as you go to make sure you don't have any lumps.
  3. Heat your milk mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently until it just starts to steam. As soon as you see steam, pour the milk over the chopped white chocolate, then walk away for about a minute. By this time, your chocolate will have melted. Whisk all this together until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and put it back over medium heat for about five minutes until it just starts to bubble around the edges of the pan. It will have thickened slightly as well.
  5. Divide your hot chocolate between two mugs, top with whipped cream and sprinkles, and drink up while it's still hot.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanksgiving has come and gone, even on an expat timetable. I think we hit it out of the park yet again. I’ll never not make turkey meatloaf. It’s just too good. Well, perhaps the pie didn’t go to well. In case you’re wondering, you can’t substitute custard powder for pudding mix. But we were all so delightfully full from dinner, I almost forgot about dessert. I never thought I’d write those words. 

With turkey day officially put to bed, we’re free to talk about all things Christmas without any awkwardness. We’re going to buy our tree next weekend because my husband is still very much the excited child when it comes to Christmas decorations. I’m a bit nervous about keeping a live tree healthy for that long, but we’ll just have to take extra care. It’s the shopping I’m most worried about though. I’m a terrible gift buyer. I just want to get everyone a book.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You know my favorite thing about any holiday is the food, and the best thing about Christmas is cookies. They don’t really have a Christmas cookie tradition here in the UK, and I think they’re definitely missing out. I think you should add these White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies to your holiday baking list year. They’re not only seasonally appropriate with their burst of red and white, but they also happen to be irresistibly delicious.

There’s no secrets or tricks to this cookie. They’re pretty standard in terms of method. They raise the bar on a more traditional oatmeal cookie, though. Dried cranberries are vastly superior to raisins, and though I’m normally not a white chocolate lover, the sweetness balances the tartness from the cranberries perfectly in this recipe. Make sure you’re using rolled oats and not instant porridge or oatmeal, otherwise you won’t bet the proper chewiness from your oats.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s bake all the things this year, friends, starting with White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. Keep it festive. Keep it awesome.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 32 cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies definitely deserve a place on your holiday baking list.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 100 grams white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, and oats. Gently whisk to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electrical mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.
  4. With your mixer on it's lowest speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients until combined. Finally, mix in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  5. I use a cookie scoop to scoop out walnut-size balls of cookie dough onto my baking sheets, leaving a couple of inches in between for the cookies to spread. I had enough dough for four batches of eight cookies.
  6. Bake your cookies for about 13 minutes or until they start to lightly brown around the edges. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an air tight container if you can stop your family from eating them all.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, we actually had sunshine today in Glasgow. I thought maybe the sun had stopped working, but it’s back, and I love it. That doesn’t mean I’m going to run outside for a hike or something crazy like that, but I maybe I’ll treat myself to a cocktail before the sun goes away for good and we start marching toward the long winter.

I never got sun guilt when we lived in Hawaii, though a know a lot of people did. You could count on the sun to shine there. Here, if I don’t get outside on a sunny day, I never know when I might get another chance. It’s so precious here. It just makes you want to quit your life and give yourself over to the warmth.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

A great way to enjoy the sunshine would be to have a picnic and bring along some white chocolate raspberry blondies. These little beauties have a hint of caramel flavor that compliments the tart burst of fresh raspberries. If you can summon the patience to wait for them to cool completely, they’re easy to slice and transport, making them perfect to take along to any sun drenched eating experience you may desire.

These are so simple to make. It’s really just dumping some stuff into a mixer, pouring it into a baking dish, and sprinkling on some toppings before popping it all in the oven. These are good if they’re slightly on the gooey side, but they shouldn’t be wobbly when you pull them out of the oven. If you can resist the urge to dig in until they’re cool, you won’t regret it.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t let the sunshine pass you by. And don’t wait for an excuse to make white chocolate raspberry blondies.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies
Serves 12
White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies will bring some sunshine into your life.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 grams (7/8 cup) unsalted butter
  2. 150 grams (5 ounces) white chocolate chips
  3. 300 grams (1-1/2 cups) light brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 200 grams (1-3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 small carton of fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then cook on medium low for five minutes.
  3. Stir in half of your chocolate chips until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Beat brown sugar and eggs together until light and smooth, about the color of peanut butter.
  5. Slowly stir in flour, salt, and vanilla.
  6. Fold in butter and white chocolate mixture until smooth.
  7. Pour batter into pan, then scatter raspberries and remaining white chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and not wobbly.
  9. Cool completely in tin, then pack up and take on an adventure.
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