Recipe courtesy of Donata Maggipinto

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallow Spooks

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  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 cups
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6 to 8 large marshmallows

5 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa

3 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup water

4 cups milk

1 cup half-and-half


  1. Place 1 marshmallow horizontally on a work surface. Using a rolling pin or soup can, flatten the marshmallow by rolling back and forth over it. Using Halloween-themed mini cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cocoa, sugar, and water. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring, until the sugar and cocoa dissolve, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and the half-and-half and continue to cook, stirring, until bubbles appear along the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes; do not allow to boil. Pour into mugs and garnish with the marshmallow spooks. Serve immediately while the spooks hold their shapes.

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