Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

I’m dying to tell you about this boozy hot cocoa, but I drank my way down a few mugs and am currently trying to crawl my way out.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

Like everything else this week, it wasn’t my idea… a bunch of you [like Allison] looked at me [virtually] as if I was insane for not putting the marshmallow vodka in hot chocolate.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

I’m so glad I have smart invisible internet friends!

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

No more words.

Except…  GET IT.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com


Grown Up Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves about 6

Total Time: 15 minutes (without marshmallows)


3 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups cream or half and half
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-6 ounces of marshmallow (or vanilla, cake, whipped cream) vodka


In a large bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add milk and cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring every few minutes. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the milk to the cocoa and sugar, mixing thoroughly to create a paste. Once the entire thing is wet, use a spatula to add it to the milk and turn the heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), the whisk in chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.

Remove from heat and whisk in vodka, or add to each glass right before serving. Top with marshmallows and whipped cream.

For the Bailey’s marshmallows, I used this exact recipe for beer marshmallows, substituting Bailey’s for beer.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

That up there? That’s what happens when you have a food blog. I don’t want to hear it. And yes, you are more than welcome to come do my laundry.

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160 Responses to “Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows.”

  1. #
    Erica — November 12, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Mmmmmmm. I want those marshmallows stat!


  2. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 12, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Recipes that need candy thermometers scare me because they can get so close to perfection and in the blink of an eye, they can get too hot and the whole thing is ruined. I have had this happen…more than…about 17 times. So, I have sworn them off. But…knowing that I could make Baileys marshmallows…I may try again, one more time…b/c OmG I want these soooo badly!

    The hot choc, the marshmallows…it’s all…PERFECT!!


  3. #
    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — November 12, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I could drink one of these right now….and then another in about 5 minutes.

    But perhaps I will save this recipe until the Boozy Christmas Cake that I just posted is ready to eat, (in about 6 weeks after I have fed it with more booze). If I cnsume both at the same time then I might not be able to talk.



    • Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — November 12th, 2011 @ 9:42 am

      I meant to say ‘consume’ – clearly I have drunk too many virtual hot chocolates already!


      • Jessica — November 12th, 2011 @ 9:44 am

        Hahaha I love you.

  4. #
    Rebekah @ Medicine, Munchies & Movement — November 12, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Wow, I wish I could reach out and grab that mug in the last picture…drippings and all!!


  5. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — November 12, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    I’m pretty sure I need this right now. Or, wait, I’m pretty sure I need one of these every morning at work. No one has to know it isn’t regular hot chocolate, right!?


  6. #
    Carrie — November 12, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Did you know I Googled your website on Thursday looking for recipes with Bailey’s because
    A) I’m currently obsessed with the stuff and
    B) I knew without a doubt you’d deliver

    And then today I get up and you’ve double-delivered. This looks amazing…now to find the patience to attempt the marshmallows. The thought of making them scares me.


  7. #
    Lisa — November 12, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    This is definitely the way for grown-ups to get messy!


  8. #
    Danielle — November 12, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    One of my favorite winter drinks is hot chocolate with Baileys or Kahlua. I am dying to try the vodkas though. I’m pretty sure this is a good reason…


  9. #
    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 12, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    I was cleaning out my cupboards last night and found a bottle of Baileys in there, now I know what to do with it! Nothing says love like Homemade Marshmallows!


  10. #
    Buccinator — November 12, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Can I just please share my status update with you?

    I thought I had Martha beat with my homemade marshmallows. I’ve just found a recipe for Bailey’s marshmallows. I may not dethrone the queen, but after a few marshmallows I won’t care. Can I interest you in some swan-folded napkins made from cotton I’ve harvested and spun myself?

    I think that says it all, right? (In other words: Oh my gosh, thanks sooo much!)


  11. #
    Kathryn — November 12, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Um, yes please!


  12. #
    Rachel @ Mommygetsmoving — November 12, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    This is screaming Christmas Eve to me. Of course I will have to taste test them before then:)


  13. #
    Katrina — November 12, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Geeze, woman! You need to be my best friend, move next door, and make me food all day!!


  14. #
    Cookbook Queen — November 12, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    How could you do this to me, on a Saturday no less.


    Here I am, all lazy feeling and then I have to look at homemade marshmallows (with alcohol!!) and I must make them now. My lazy inner self curses your name.


  15. #
    Brittnee — November 12, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Wow! Can’t wait to try it without the Bailey’s! Is it difficult to make marshmallows? I’ve heard cleaning up can be a pain.


  16. #
    Tina @ My Life as a Mrs — November 12, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Genius. seriously. Um & I mean it when I say, “can we please be neighbors???!” ;)

    & I’ve been wanting to make marshmallows… totally happening now!


  17. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — November 12, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    pretty, pretty!


  18. #
    Malia — November 12, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    as my 7 year old daughter would say, O. M. G. G.!! [oh my goodness gracious] you know would make those even better? instead of baileys, creme de menthe!


  19. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 12, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I kind of totally have to surprise hubs with these. Maybe for Christmas?


  20. #
    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — November 12, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    I’m in love!


  21. #
    Lauren — November 12, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Is it wrong that these REALLY make me yearn for a sleep over? How fun!


  22. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 12, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Oh girl, this looks fabulous. I have been dying to try those beer marshmallows, but ironically enough I just bought some mint baileys…I may just need to make these today. Yum.


  23. #
    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List — November 12, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Tipsy laundry folding could get super funny.


  24. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 12, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Oh wowwww!! Baileys marshmallows sound like heaven on earth to me… I think these should inspire some sort of Baileys marshmallow s’mores creation in one of your next post. ‘Tis the season, after all, for Baileys!


  25. #
    Mary Beth — November 12, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    That last picture is just beautiful. I seriously need to get some marshmallow vodka!


  26. #
    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) — November 12, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    All I can say is THANK YOU for this. And where’d you get those cute mugs? Makes me think of the NYC restaurant Serendipity.


  27. #
    Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife — November 12, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    i’m anxious about making my own marshmallows for two reasons: 1. i would be devastated if i screwed em up and couldn’t eat them and 2. i wouldn’t be able to stop eating them . Dipping them in chocolate is just a recipe for disaster for me personally. However, marshmallow vodka in hot chocolate is an idea i can get behind like right now. THANKS!!!


  28. #
    Michele — November 12, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    holy nutella with a spoon.
    that is like. nirvana in a cup. topped with enlightenment.
    you’re actually crazy. <3


  29. #
    Samantha — November 12, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    I gotta say, this looks so amazing!! I asked for the marshmallow vodka for Christmas, but I honestly don’t think I can wait that long. I may have to go to the liquor store next week and buy me some. Secondly, I just stopped doing Weight Watchers this weekend and will not be back on it again until January 2nd, because I’ll be damned if I can’t enjoy holiday food! And yes, I may gain back like 10-20 pounds, but it’ll be sooooooo worth it for this! And also, Tuesday night I’m FINALLY making your sangria chicken. It looks so good & I may need the sangria after this horrible weekend at work I’ve been having. So between now and January, I’ll be catching up & making as many of your dishes as possible, because they all look so amazing!!


  30. #
    mrsblocko — November 12, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Whoa, I think I’m drunk just looking at that boozy goodness.

    Marshmallow vodka???? For reals? Get out!


  31. #
    Zesty Cook — November 12, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    YUMMMM! This will most certainly be my go-to after dinner nightcap this holiday season. Thanks Jess!


  32. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — November 12, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    With a shot of espresso this could easily replace my Sunday morning coffee… Sunday’s are never too productive anyways. SO tempting.


  33. #
    kathleen @ the daily crumb — November 12, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    amazing in every way. if it were possible to ship a mug of this to chicago, i would pay insane amounts of money to have you do it :)


  34. #
    Gwen — November 12, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Oh the possibilities hot chocolate brings. I’ve never made marshmallows and am honestly scared to attempt it. Should I fear the mallow???


  35. #
    lisa — November 12, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    OMG are you kidding me!?! I am dying soon of diabetes and alcoholism if I keep up with you on this blog! Can’t wait to try it ;)


  36. #
    Jaime — November 12, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    I seriously CANNOT get enough of you (not in a stalker way). You are so funny. You make me laugh even when i don’t feel like laughing. You inspire me to cook things I NEVER would even think of cooking. I am seriously making marshmallows……Like now. Like I’m in my jammies and i’m going to go change and head to the nearest store now. Thank you for your awesome blog. Sincerely, one of your invisible internet friends. hee hee


  37. #
    Kath — November 12, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Loooove marshmallows!!!


  38. #
    Mama Pea — November 12, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    I owe the Swear Jar $6 after reading this.



  39. #
    DessertDarling — November 12, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Yumm! I want that NOW!!! :-9


  40. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — November 12, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Are you kidding me???!!!! OMG!!!!
    I seriously cannot stand hot chocolate, but I am DYING to dive into those marshmallows and whipped cream.
    That’s all I need!
    I have to say that even though I really don’t like it, the pictures are so appetizing and beautiful


  41. #
    nicole {sweet peony} — November 12, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    holy yum those pictures are amazing! i’ve never had a boozy hot chocolate but i think i really need to :) i’m with tina, can we please be neighbors?!?!!


  42. #
    Shereen — November 12, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    We had our first snowfall today and I can’t even tell you how perfectly this hot chocolate fits into my life plan right now. And I just happen to have whipped cream vodka in my house right now. Fate.


  43. #
    Katie — November 12, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    it’s raining SO hard right now and this hot chocolate sounds amazing… but I’m unwilling to go out to get the supplies. will you deliver? ;) great recipe!


  44. #
    Amy — November 12, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Your food styling and photos are amazing! I love how the motif on the mug matches the design on the bottle in the background! You have a wonder eye for styling, for sure!


  45. #
    betty — November 12, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    this can’t get any better, they look so fluffy and delicious



  46. #
    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats — November 12, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Can I just move in with you? I take up very little room. Those marshmallows look insanely delicious.


  47. #
    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — November 12, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    Any food for adults only is my kind of food. Looks awesome!


  48. #
    Ami @ parsnipsandpears — November 12, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    OMG possibly my favorite recipe to ever grace your blog.


  49. #
    Lyndsey — November 12, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Made this tonight. I might be in heaven.


  50. #
    Michaela — November 12, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    Isn´t it nice to be a grown-up?


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