If you haven’t noticed, the entire Northeast Corridor is currently being buried under a mountain of snow. With weather like this, there’s nothing better than making an indulgent (and hot) dessert, as the snow quietly falls outside. But that often takes planning, and shopping—which may not be an option during a potentially historic blizzard.
In case you were deterred by the lines at your local grocery store or just forgot to shop before the storm hit, here’s a list of our favorite desserts to make using ingredients you likely have around the house:
A standard hot cocoa recipe simply calls for cocoa powder, milk, and sugar. Two good examples of this are the “Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa Recipe from Hershey’s or Epicurious’ Simple Hot Cocoa For One.
But if cocoa powder is beyond the means of your current pantry, just find some chocolate and break it apart into a pot filled with warm milk. TV chef The Pioneer Woman is aware of how easy this hot chocolate trick is. And blogger A Cozy Kitchen takes the trick one step further to make “Fancy-Ass Hot Chocolate.“
Even a regular chocolate candy bar works to make satisfying hot chocolate—just steer clear of bars with nuts. Slowly warm milk in a saucepan, then break up the bar and stir it into the milk until the chocolate pieces melt. Add more chocolate or milk depending on your sweet tooth. Whoever is staying in your house will think you’re a genius.
And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your hot chocolate even more impressive by adding these:
Marshmallow-making is slightly messy, but deceptively easy. If you have an electric mixer, powdered sugar, egg whites, and gelatin, you can do it. Granted, not everyone has gelatin in their pantry, which is why we included the next recipe:
Let’s say you have four feet of snow outside and only eggs and sugar in your house. No fear—meringue is still within your grasp! Separate the egg whites and put them in a bowl, then follow this BBC ultimate meringue recipe and you’ll have immaculate meringues in no time. Many meringue recipes call for cream of tartar, but you don’t need it to get the job done. If you’re nervous about your meringues holding their shape, you can always add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Sugar (brown or white)
These dry goods are the base for so many recipes, it just makes sense to have them on hand. Plus, making sure you’re stocked on these staples will pretty much guarantee that you can whip up a batch of the most delicious cookies whenever the cold sets in. When in doubt, start with the basic masterpiece: the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House bag.
Boxed brownies may be the easiest, most well packaged gift that Betty Crocker ever bestowed upon us. But if you’ve got chocolate, flour, eggs, and oil, you can make some pretty delicious brownies all on your own.
These brownies from addictive food blog Smitten Kitchen are a perfect (and incredibly easy) place to start.
A BOTTLE OF WINE
Sometimes the best recipes only call for one ingredient. Case in point: that bottle of red you’ve been keeping in the cabinet for far too long. A blizzard is the perfect time to crack it open, perhaps with a few squares of that leftover chocolate.
Whether or not you decide to indulge in a few blizzard-ready desserts, be sure to keep warm and safe during the snowstorm.
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