Sunday’s With Joy: Joy’s Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate


There’s something extra special about a huge piping hot mug of hot chocolate, laced with melting marshmallows and overflowing with whipped cream.  It’s that sense of comfort, that feeling of warmth. It’s that inner child fighting to be free.

To say the least, I love the stuff. And if you follow me on instagram, I think it’s safe to say – I’m also kind of addicted to hot chocolate this season.  Not only addicted, but I think I’ve become a hot chocolate snob.

There’s actually a perfect cup of hot chocolate – not too sweet – not too thin – just the right amount of whipped cream and please add my marshmallows at the bottom of the cup … I need them to get all gooey and melted.

As part of our Christmas morning tradition, everyone in the LTSL household gets a mug (arguably a bowl) of hot chocolate, as we got older our hot chocolate also matured. Now it’s con baileys or Kahlua .   But one thing stays the same, before pouring our hot chocolate a Hershey’s kiss is placed in each mug.

It’s our way of adding a little extra love to each cup.

This year, I have a funny feeling Joy’s Perfect Hot Chocolate will be our morning’s drink of choice. It really is just perfect…




Warm up a little today over a cuppa cocoa.


Be Sweet my loves xo

Super Minty Fresh Chocolate Cookies

Sugar Monsters!! How are you? How was your weekend?!?!

I had a fabulous weekend. Fab-u-lous! And, I hope you did too.

Now it’s monday 😦

Monday… back to work, back to school, back to responsibilities and back to longing for the comfy-cozy feeling of being in your pj’s snuggled in bed.


Let’s rescue Monday… Let’s instead give Monday a great name, and an amazing feeling by adding some chocolate to this party.

How can you have a lame monday if there’s chocolate involved?

Yaaa-hooooo for Mondays with chocolate 😀

These cookies are SO incredibly chocolatey… and oh so SUPER-DUPER minty fresh.

If that hasn’t sold you on these little gobs of yumm … there’s thin mints in them.


I said


Confession: I read everywhere the best way to eat thin mints.. were frozen. So, I froze them… and almost ate the entire package.

No words. *droool*

Besides, rescuing monday … I needed to rescue my waist-line… so I made these.

Now, I get to share the yumm-osity with all of you good-looking people.

Happy Monday 🙂

Super Minty Fresh Chocolate Cookies

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Cup Coco powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Sea Salt

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Mint Hot Chocolate

2 Tsp Water

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Hot Fudge Sauce

24 Thin Mints – chopped

15 Holiday Mints – crushed


Preheat oven to 350 oc. Lightly spray or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine Baking Soda and Water.

In a mixer or a large bowl, cream butter and sugars.

Add eggs

Fudge time!! Add the chocolate fudge sauce and vanilla extract.

Miiiixxxxx. Then, add the Baking Soda Solution

Pump up the choc-o-lattteee!!

Add the Cocoa powder and Hot chocolate mix.

Now, add the flour in 3 parts. Mixing well, after each addition. Once completed, add salt.

Ode to chocolatey-goodness *yuumm*

Toss in the crushed holiday mints.

And last but not least … saving the best for last.

Add the chopped thin mints 😀

Chocolate + Thin Mints … dreamy

Stir your little concoction together, trying your best to evenly distribute the thin mints.

Next, scoop onto a cookie sheet.

Bake 12 minutes, at 350.

Allow to cool … or at least until not scorching hot  and then….

diiiigggg innnnn 🙂

Time to add some sweetness to your Monday 🙂

Have a great day, sweethearts – – make this a fab week!!