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Christmas Morning Chocolately Café Au Lait

Serving Size:Serves 8-10


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch Process cocoa powder
  • 2 (2 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 strip orange peel, about 1/2 by 3 inches
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups hot brewed strong Brennan's coffee
  • 1/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • ground cinnamon for garnish
  • cocoa, for garnish



A little more work than your traditional morning coffee, but hey, it's Christmas. Maybe don't give it to the kids though, Christmas is enough excitement.


In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, 2/3 cup of sugar, and the cocoa until smooth. Add the cinnamon sticks, orange peel and cloves and bring to a simmer, stirring, to dissolve the sugar and prevent the cocoa from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.

In medium bowl, whip the cream with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar until thick and frothy, and peaks form. Set aside.

Strain the milk mixture into a coffee pot or carafe and add 2 cups of the hot coffee (2 ½ cups for stronger coffee flavor, to taste). Pour into cups or small mugs and top each with a dollop of the sweetened whip cream. Serve immediately.

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