Warm and comforting, this Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate recipe can be made in under 20 minutes! You will love sipping on this sweet and chocolatey drink that’s complete with crushed Oreos and lots of whipped topping!
I’m thinking of hosting a hot chocolate bar/afternoon with friends at the end of the month and wanted to offer hot cocoa that was a little bit more special than the “rip open the envelope of powder and stir” variety!
Have you been on Pinterest and seen the adorable hot cocoa bars that people have put together? Well, that is what I’m going for, and this hot cocoa will be the star!
When you look at this recipe and gulp because of the *potential* caloric intake, remember that this is for friends! At least, that is how I am justifying it to myself! We all need a special chocolatey treat every now and then!
Why This Recipe Works
It can be made in under 20 minutes – You can quickly whip up a batch of this tasty hot cocoa without all the fuss in under 20 minutes.
It’s a chocolate lovers dream – Everyone deserves to indulge every once in a while. Dutch-processed cocoa, Oreos, and heavy cream give you a rich, sweet drink that you can’t resist.
The presentation is stunning – If you are looking to make a special treat, this is it. It’s gorgeous and looks like it belongs in a magazine.
The ingredients in this hot chocolate are the DELISH! You don’t need to worry about fussing with a lot of ingredients, either.
Cocoa – Using Dutch-processed cocoa powder is a game-changer. If you can’t get it in your grocery store, it’s worth ordering online. It makes the hot chocolate so much richer.
Milk & Cream – The combination of whole milk and heavy cream will give you the best results possible. No one wants a watered-down dull, hot chocolate, so the creamier, the better.
Oreo Cookies – You guessed it! The real star of the show is the crushed Oreo cookies. They are a beautiful garnish that also makes the hot cocoa taste good.
This recipe is so easy! Make it for a special occasion like a hot cocoa bar social or just for a snowy Saturday afternoon. It is easy peasy!
Add the Oreos to a food processor and pulse it until it is crumbly.
Combine the sugar, cocoa, salt, and milk together and stir until combined. Add it to a pan and turn the heat on medium and stir frequently. When the milk begins to boil gently, take the pan off the stove.
Add your favorite toppings like marshmallows, whipped cream, fudge sauce, or candy bars to the top of the hot chocolate. Don’t forget the crushed Oreos!
🍫 Meal Prep
This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. But, seriously, this is so darned delicious that I bet it won’t last 5 minutes, let alone five days!
Don’t store with the topping on! You probably know that, but I thought I better put that here just in case!
📌 Expert Tips
I wanted to share a few tips to help ensure this recipe turns out awesome every time.
- Don’t use milk with low fat if you can help it. Technically, you can, but it isn’t going to give you super-creamy results. If you use almond milk, be sure to add in full-fat coconut milk in place of the whipping cream.
- Stir frequently so the ingredients don’t burn to the bottom of the pan when you are heating them up. No one wants burnt hot chocolate.
- There really isn’t a good quality substitute for Dutch-processed cocoa. Make the splurge and buy some so you can use it for other recipes too.
- If you have a food processor, put it to work on crushing the Oreos. It’s much faster and more efficient than trying to do it by hand.
- Add in your favorites ingredients to make this even more special. Think about adding instant coffee, Peppermint Schnapps, or cinnamon. Make this drink your own.
Yep! Storing hot chocolate is an easy way to make it in advance. I recommend saving the leftover hot cocoa powder in a jar or container until you are ready to use it. Never add the toppings before storing, or they will turn to mush.
Yes, there is no reason why you can’t use a store brand cookie if you want. They can be just as tasty as authentic Oreos, so if you have a brand you like, I say go for it.
Of course! We like our hot cocoa super sweet because we don’t drink it very often. You can cut back on the amount of sugar you add or use your favorite granulated sweetener. Don’t use powdered sweetener, or it won’t turn out well.
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Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate
- ½ cup Sugar white, granulated
- ¼ cup Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
- pinch Salt
- 4 cups Whole Milk
- ½ cup Heavy Cream
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 8 Oreo Cookies crushed
- Chocolate Syrup
- Whipped Cream
- Pieces of Chocolate
- Dutch processed cocoa powder will work best for this recipe.
- Crush the cookies in a food processor and set aside.
- Over medium high heat, in a medium pot, combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt and milk. Keep stirring and bring milk mixture to a gentle boil. Once the milk begins to boil, mix remaining ingredients (including the crushed Oreos) and serve.
- Garnish with toppings of choice.