7 Imaginative Ways to Use Hot Chocolate Mix This Winter

You don't need a mug to make these decadent treats.

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Not sure how to use all that hot cocoa mix in your pantry? Put it to good use with these creative and chocolatey recipes. If you're still craving a toasty drink, don't worry. We're definitely not opposed to an extra mug of cocoa on the side.

Disclaimer: When preparing these recipes, avoid hot chocolate or cocoa mixes that contain powdered milk or dairy products — they can change the texture and structure of each dish.

Hot Chocolate Cheesecake (Pictured Above)

Why drink hot chocolate when you can eat a whole cake made from it? Your hot cocoa mix will work double-time in this rib-sticking recipe — it lends its sweet, chocolate flavor to both the crust and the filling.

Leftover hot cocoa mix creates a crisp, chocolatey crust on this buttery monkey bread. Even better? It’s filled with bites of warm, melted chocolate chips and gooey mini marshmallows. Just don’t eat it all at once — this dessert is crazy decadent!

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Cookie Sandwich

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With smooth chocolate frosting and a gooey marshmallow center, these sugar cookies are the ultimate hot chocolate dessert. If you’re only going to make one sugar cookie recipe this winter, we definitely think it should be this one.

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Brownies

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What’s better than super-chocolatey brownies? Hot chocolate brownies that are made in just one bowl! Want to kick it up a notch? For a Mexican hot chocolate brownie, throw a teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the batter and sprinkle the brownies with a touch of chili powder.

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Marble Pound Cake

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Pound cake is the ultimate crowd-pleasing dessert — especially when it’s filled with a hot chocolate swirl. If you want to eat it for breakfast, your secret’s safe with us. 😏

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Pudding

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Did you know hot cocoa can make a super creamy pudding? Whip up the simple pudding base, let it chill, then serve with a generous dollop of whipped cream. For a holiday twist, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top!

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Pancakes

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We’ve got brunch covered with these ultra-decadent pancakes. Hot chocolate mix adds a sweet touch to the pancakes and, when covered with maple syrup, creates a drool-worthy drizzle.

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