Thick Spiced Italian Hot Chocolate

What you’ll need:

  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 T sugar
  • 3/4 T cornstarch (optional)
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • Tiny pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • Whipped cream to garnish

Place first five ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk together. Add 1/4 c milk and the vanilla to pan, whisk to til smooth. Add remaining milk, whick in well. Place the saucepan on medium heat and whisk constantly for about 3-4 minutes or until mixture starts to boil and thicken. Remove from heat and pour into two mugs. Top with whipped cream.