Hot Cocoa Bread


This is a bread I made up for Morgan because she loves hot cocoa so much. As soon as the first cold day hits, she is pulling out the hot cocoa and piling on the marshmallows. She is a hot cocoa lover, and has been since she was a little girl and it snowed one time for like five minutes in Texas. I ran and woke all the kids up so they could witness the event then gave them all hot cocoa. By the time they drank it, the snow had melted and it was 100 degrees again. (I’m exaggerating. But only slightly.)

I love this series of pictures of Morgan from last winter.
Notice the gigantic mug of hot cocoa.

But why must hot cocoa only be in a mug? She can have hot cocoa bread, too. And so can you!

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How to make Hot Cocoa Bread:

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Combine cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Cream with a mixer. Add egg and vanilla. Mix again. Add the cocoa powder and about 1/2 cup of the buttermilk; mix well. Add all the remaining ingredients (except the marshmallows) and stir to combine. Stir in the marshmallows.

(If you don’t have mini marshmallows, you can cut up big marshmallows.) Spoon into a greased loaf pan. This makes a large loaf–use your largest loaf pan.

Bake at 350-degrees for one hour.

Makes one delicious hot chocolaty loaf! Goes good with a cup of hot cocoa.

*Try these in mini-loaves for holiday gift-giving! (How long it would take to bake would depend on your mini-loaf pan size. Probably 20-30 minutes.)

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  1. lizzie says:

    Suzanne, the bread looks sooooo yummy!!! I will have to make this soon, my Son Sam will love it!!! Thank YOU!! :duck:

  2. Minna says:

    Mmm, looks good! You know, you can make marshmallows yourself! I saw a recipe here:
    I’m afraid it is in Swedish, though.

    I have to see if I can find a similar recipe in English.

  3. Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:

    :woof: Looks yummo…going to make this today for the granny monsters afterschool.
    Hugs Granny Trace

  4. CindyP says:

    Morgan is one very lucky girl. It looks wonderful!

  5. Gem says:

    Okay, heading to the kitchen….:-)

  6. Praire Mother says:

    That looks wonderful. I just have to get the cream cheese and tomorrow it will be on our table.

  7. Angelina says:

    :hungry2: OoooooOH, the hot cocoa bread looks sooo good and the pics of Morgan and her cocoa are soooo cute! I will be making this soon, the little ones should luv it. I love the idea of mini loaves to gift!!! Thanks for the great recipe! :hungry:

  8. Linda Segerson says:

    I know some chocolate lovers in my family that will love this…thanks!

  9. Ramona says:

    Oh girl, that looks good! Morgan’s a lucky kid.

  10. Pete says:

    That DOES look YUMMY!!

    Funny thing, though, since becoming “adult,” I still LOVE hot cocoa, but prefer topping it with whipped cream. Hmmm.

  11. Deb says:

    Hmmm……..since becoming an adult I prefer my hot cocoa with kahlua. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Perhaps I should try that in the bread too….

  12. Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:

    What a great idea!! I have a hot chocolate lover on my hands too, this loaf is a must make! Thanks for the awesome recipe and idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Charley says:

    My girls will LOVE this! I’m going grocery shopping today and will be sure to get all the goodies to make it. I’m thinking a basket with 2 mugs, homemade hot cocoa mix, chocolate dipped spoons and hot cocoa bread will make a super good gift this Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. farmershae says:

    That mug is as big as her head. I love it.

  15. AA says:

    I love hot cocoa and can’t wait to try this bread too. My church bazaar is this weekend. I am already signed up to bring some baked goods, I think I will be taking this too!

  16. Merlin says:

    Oh, man… I’m droolin’. :smilerabbit: That is one purty lookin’ bread! I’m gonna hafta make one purty soon cuz my boys are hot chocolate lovers too! :hungry:

  17. Melissa Marsh says:

    My mouth is watering. Holy cow. That looks amazing!

  18. gladdismom says:

    WOW – cream cheese plus chocolate – this one’s gotta be a keeper!

    BTW, Morgan looks like a younger [only slightly] version of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Kelly A says:

    Okay so, I am bit lazy and don’t want to go to the store. So I made some ricotta and seeing how that works, I will come and update when it is done!

    ( I also may have stolen the marshmellow packets out of the box of cocoa mother in law bought the kids………))

  20. becky3086 says:

    OH MY GOD! Now you know posts like these are going to throw my diet right off!

    Too bad!

    Gonna make it anyway!

  21. Rachel says:

    wow. just wow.

    looks like it would make delicious muffins, too.

  22. patrice says:

    Thanks to you, I have now drooled all over the screen of my laptop!

  23. Kelly A says:

    so the Ricotta worked out great! It is a delicious bread, considering having some with vanilla ice cream.

  24. Clarissa says:

    I will definitely make this one once it cools down a little bit. With 86 degrees outside (CA) I am not really in the mood for hot chocolate right now. But it looks so yummy, I might change my mind and bake it for the weekend. It is supposed to cool down a bit anyway. Reason enough to try it out, I think …. :sun:

  25. BunnyRuth says:

    My goodness, that looks good…. it’s a definite on my list of items for the bake sale table at the church fair next month. How could anyone resist such a thing!!
    Thanks you for sharing the recipe!
    Ruth in NH

  26. Christina Leonhardt says:

    The real question and test is did Morgan love it as much as the hot cocoa?

  27. Drucillajoy says:

    mmmmmmmmmm~mmmmmmmmmmmmm………I’ll have to try this soon.
    Love Morgan’s photo~shoot…she looks like such a happy girl (:

  28. KC Hobgood says:

    Oh my that does look good. Can’t help but notice its a cousin of Irish soda bread with the baking soda and butter milk for the rise. Have you considered making it with with soft cake flour instead of AP flour. It should work very well. BTW if you can make buttermilk biscuits with cake flour you have all the basics to make soda bread and scones too. Its all in how you cut the dough. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

  29. Gem says:

    Made this tonight and served it a la mode with our homemade ‘Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream’ from our BEST Jersey cow! I must say, it was a HIT!

  30. B. Ruth says:

    That’s a lot of cocoa it must truly have a hot cocoa flavor..and must make a huge loaf….sounds great…
    Would black walnuts ruin the flavor…do you think?

  31. Ann says:

    Now that is a cold day treat I am going to make.
    <3 :woof: :woof:

  32. Tannis says:

    Made this tonight but I’m wondering why my marshmallows melted completely and yours didn’t? It tastes good still but I was hoping for some yummy warm marshmallows in there.

  33. Sarah K, says:

    I made this today, and loved it! I baked it in mini loafs, and my marshmallows melted too. I think this would turn out great as a cake. Add some graham crackers, and you could have a smores cake.

  34. Renea says:

    Me and my two youngest (2 and 4) made this today! My 4 year old daughter is a hot chocolate addict, so I thought this would be fun for her. Turned out great, our mini-marshmallows melted though, and I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used lemon juice+milk.

    I bet this would be adorable baked in big oversized mugs. My loaf pan didn’t quite hold all the batter, so I used a couple small round baking dishes/ramekins and just took those ones out earlier than the loaf pan – they turned out fine!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Jan J. says:

    This looks REALLY yummy! I have never seen a chocolate bread but I sure want to try this one!

  36. Kelly A says:

    So Husband and I decided to make a “hot cocoa” basket for christmas gifts. a Jar of this bread if I can manage it, and I am going to find a nice homemade cocoa powder too.

    I will be experimenting though. I use buttermilk powder, which I reconstituted for this recipe, but to try it for the can, I am going to just add the powder, and then add plain water and see how it works out.

  37. Becky says:

    Made this today and LOVE it!!! I made the mini loaves. Cooked it for 25 minutes and the toothpick came out clean. My only problem is that the centers collapsed while cooling. Did I do something wrong or do you know what I can do different to keep them from collapsing?? Thanks Suzanne. BTW I LOVE your blog. I read it daily (sometimes more then once) also my 12 yr old daughter loves to hear the clover stories and your other posts. Thank you!!!!!

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