Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – Even He Can Do It!

It’s time for the second installment of Even He Can Do It! Over to Alex.

Winter is coming! Temperatures have dropped below zero and we had the first few flakes of snow a couple of days ago — just in time for the beginning of Advent. The fourth Sunday before December 25 marks the beginning of this special season, which is probably best known for its traditions of lighting the candles of an Advent wreath and opening one door a day on your Advent calendar.

The weeks before Christmas here are usually busy weeks as there are so many things to do before the “old year” ends. Among the most pleasant activities during this time of year is, without a doubt, visiting Christmas markets. Soaking in the cozy atmosphere while strolling down the lit-up aisles of booths with yummy food and drinks or handmade crafts really gets you in the mood for Christmas.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate - Even He Can Do It! |

After being at the Christmas market for a couple of hours, Erin is usually freezing no matter how much clothing she put on. And when we come home, there is nothing more comforting than a big cup of hot chocolate. For any of you guys out there, the following recipe is super simple and sure to please any chocolate loving lady friend. ;)

I am not a big peanut butter lover, so I prefer my hot chocolate without it. Even then this is probably the world’s best hot cocoa recipe! It’s like liquid chocolate. You can even prepare this drink in the time it takes your lady friend to put on her cozy clothing after coming in! Or is Erin the only girl who drops everything when coming home in order to get changed into pajamas?

Thanks again to everybody who took the time to leave a comment on my last post! You gave me a very warm welcome. :) I wish you a nice and stress free Christmas time. See you soon! Alex

Erin’s notes: We tried a few healthy versions with cocoa powder, milk and honey but it just wasn’t doing it for me. If I’m going to have a treat like hot chocolate, I want it to taste chocolatey and not watery and vaguely chocolatey. And that involves lots of chocolate. And evaporated milk. It’s so bad for you but I don’t even care. It takes me to my happy place. You can also leave out the peanut butter if you prefer and still have the best plain hot chocolate of your life. I don’t normally use commercial peanut butter, but the natural peanuts-only kind left the hot chocolate gritty. If you don’t mind that, then go ahead and use the natural kind!

For another delicious hot chocolate recipe, try this Orange Hot Chocolate!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate - Even He Can Do It!

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  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk + up to an additional cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons smooth commercial (Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan, etc.) peanut butter
  • 50 grams (a little less than 1/3 cup) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  1. Combine 1/4 cup milk and the rest of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occassionally.
  2. When the chocolate is melted, taste and if it's too rich, add more milk. You'll very likely want to add more milk, but I'm keeping the recipe the way it is in case someone is after something extremely rich (the way I am!)

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  • Baltic Maid says
    December 12, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I love the even-he-can-do-it series. You guys are awesome. I have never tried peanut butter in hot chocolate… I guess I should try it some time. Thanks.
    Honestly, what better way to get into the Christmas mood than going to the Christmas market… Nothing can replace this. It's soo much fun and like you said there is soo much good food. Next year, I will hopefully manage to be back in Germany for Christmas. I miss those Christmas markets…

  • Loretta E. says
    December 10, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    This looks so rich and scrumptious! I'll have to make some for my hubby. He really has a thing for hot chocolate this time of year…

    • Erin replies to Loretta E.
      December 12, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

      You don't, though? You have to try this version! So rich and chocolatey. :)

  • lada says
    December 10, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    I like that you added evaporated milk. That is such a good idea. I tried with hazelnut butter, and it is also very good.

    • Erin replies to lada
      December 10, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

      It makes it SO rich and delicious! You tried this recipe with hazelnut butter? That sounds even better than peanut butter. Yum. :)

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    December 9, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    Yum! Why have i never put peanut butter in hot chocolate before?! Gotta try that :D

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says
    December 7, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    This sounds so good! I love PB and I love chocolate! I just made white chocolate hot chocolate – this needs to be next!

  • Carla Walker says
    December 6, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Seriously putting peanut butter in hot chocolate is the best idea in the world!! Sounds like liquid peanut butter cups! So amazing!!! I am certainly going to make my hubs make this! ;) And no, Erin is definitely not the only one who drops everything to put PJs on. I mean, that is more important when its cold outside right ;)

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Carla Walker
      December 7, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

      Good to know, Karla! Before I met Erin, I wore jeans all day, and the whole pajama thing seemed rather strange to me. Now I like it more and more. :) And hooray that you love the idea. Unfortunately, they only almost taste like liquid peanut butter cups. Let us know how you liked the recipe…

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction says
    December 6, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    I'm all about anything peanut butter and chocolate! This will be making an appearance at my house soon!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    December 6, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    I love this! What a tasty treat :)

  • Erin says
    December 6, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, this idea is just genius! Why have I never had peanut butter in my hot chocolate before??

    • Erin replies to Erin
      December 6, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

      It's definitely worth trying! Just don't try the natural stuff. :)

  • Becca says
    December 6, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    I can't wait for snow. Colorado has been having a really warm winter (like i the 50s and high 40s) but the weather forcast predicts snow the night I land back in Colorado, so I'm really excited!

    I'm also super jazzed about this hot cocoa. I tried swiss miss this season after not having hot chocolate for YEEEEAAARRS and I fell in love with hot chocolate all over again. Now I'm looking at tons of recipes for hot chocolate :P

    • Erin replies to Becca
      December 6, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

      It started snowing this week! But luckily it's coming down slowly. I hope you get some snow soon! Maybe you shouldn't try this recipe. It's so rich and amazing that it'll ruin all future hot chocolate for you. ;)

  • london bakes says
    December 6, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    This sounds super rich and decadent especially with the peanut butter – I've never thought about adding it to hot chocolate before!

    • Erin replies to london bakes
      December 6, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

      It's probably the richest drink ever. I don't mind, though. :)

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    December 6, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    We are flying to Germany in 2 weeks, I can't wait to spend Christmas there!! :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    December 6, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Mmmm, another great post, Alex! I drink a lightened-up homemade hot cocoa almost every single morning in the winter (yes, i'm addicted) + this super decadent version looks just wonderful. Love the addition of peanut butter!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to amy @ fearless homemaker
      December 7, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      Thank you Amy! I had a hot chocolate phase where I'd drink it every single day when I was a small boy but at some point I just stopped, I don't remember why. This version might change that again… :)

  • The Life of Clare says
    December 5, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

    This looks and sounds wonderful! Yum! Thanks for sharing!


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