Romance Cooks

Mexican Hot Chocolate – Kelsey Browning

Next week, my debut sexy contemporary romance series, Texas Nights, will conclude with the release of Designed for Love. And to thank my writer gal pals, fabulous readers and Carina Press for supporting and loving this series, I wanted to share a delicious hot chocolate recipe that will warm you up on these chilly November nights when you’re curled up reading stories by your favorite authors.

(Originally published in Southern Living—I think!—but I’ve tweaked the instructions over the years.)

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

• ¼ cup cocoa

• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1 − 14-ounce can (fat-free) sweetened condensed milk

• 4 cups (low-fat) milk

Stir together dry ingredients in a small bowl. (I actually like to make up several batches of this dry mixture early in the season and keep them in plastic containers or baggies. That way, I can get straight to the hot chocolate making with no measuring.)

Heat a cup or so of milk over medium heat. Whisk dry ingredients into the milk. Make sure the cocoa and spices are well incorporated. Then add remainder of milk and the condensed milk and whisk well. Cook until the whole chocolaty yumminess is heated through.

Pour it up into four or five cups and share with the folks you’re most thankful for!

NOTE: This hot chocolate is killer top offed with a little shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey. 🙂

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Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

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