Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Making gingerbread hot chocolate from scratch is simple to do, and it’s the perfect warm drink to get cozy with this Christmas.

My two favorite things during the holiday season are hot chocolate and gingerbread. There’s nothing better than creamy, rich hot chocolate except maybe hot chocolate with the addition of warm gingerbread spices. Combining these two flavors results in a delicious drink that’s perfect for Christmas and throughout the cold winter months.

mugs of hot chocolate with gingerbread men mug huggers and marshmallows on top


After a morning spent outside playing out in the snow, my kids love nothing more than to come inside to a hot mug of freshly made cocoa. There’s good mixes to buy in stores, but making your own is so crazy easy and it’s one less thing to have to store in the pantry!


The only caveat is to use good quality chocolate (I like Ghirardelli) and whole milk (or even half and half) to get it nice and creamy. You pretty much just throw everything into a pot and let it get hot, all the while whisking it. It’s easier if you heat the milk first (so that the cocoa powder dissolves) but it’s not necessary!

A close up of a copper mug, with Chocolate and Gingerbread


When we are feeling extra fancy, we add cute little homemade gingerbread man mug toppers. Not only do they look cute but they taste delicious, too!

It goes without saying that marshmallow or whipped cream are always a good addition, too! Particularly when dusted with a little cinnamon!

mugs of hot chocolate with gingerbread men mug huggers and marshmallows on top

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as we do. It’s the perfect treat to get you feeling all cozy and warm this Christmas!


You can also make this in a crockpot and keep it warm until you’re ready to serve. Just give it a quick whisking beforehand to make sure the spices are fully incorporated.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

gingerbread hot chocolate recipe
All the flavor of your favorite gingerbread cookie in a delicious mug of creamy hot chocolate
Jenna Shaughnessy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Serving Size 3


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we use Hershey's special dark)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


  • In a large pot set to medium, heat the milk.
  • Add the sugars, chocolate chips, cocoa power and spices. Whisk and continue to heat until the chocolate has melted and everything has combined.
  • Serve immediately.

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