Crafty Kids: Winter Warmers

There is nothing sweeter than ending a wondrous winter walk with a delicious hot chocolate oozing over with marshmallows and cream. Make it extra special by creating a cute cosy cover-up for your favourite family mugs!

Recipe for Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Serves 1

This sumptuous hot chocolate recipe is a warming hug in a mug.


1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp and 180 ml milk (dairy or nut)

To serve (optional)



Mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and 2 tbsp of milk in a mug. Use a fork or a mini whisk until the mixture resembles a thick syrup.

Over a medium heat, warm the rest of the milk until it begins to bubble, then pour it into the mug with the chocolate syrup and stir thoroughly.

For added indulgence, serve with a dollop of cream or marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Make A Mug Cosy

Make your favourite mug a smart little jacket for winter – not only will it look very fetching but it will keep your hot chocolate steaming that little bit longer. It’s also a genius way to upcycle a woolly sock!

What you’ll need

Woolly sock
Needle and thread
Fabric glue (optional)
Optional extras: buttons, felt shapes, mini pom-poms, sequins


Choose your favourite mug and measure its height.

Cut the sock at the ankle and keep the top section. Turn the top section of the sock inside out and hem the seams securely with the thread.

Turn the sock the right side out and carefully cut a slit for the mug handle. Overstitch the edges or use the fabric glue to prevent fraying. If using glue, be sparing so it will dry clear, and leave to dry for the time it suggests on the packet. Then fit your cosy over the mug.


Recipe and craft idea from Cottagecore – Inspirational Ideas, Crafts and Recipes for Wholesome Country Living by Daisy Oakley is published by Summersdale. HB, £12.99 – out now.


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