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Crock-Pot Gingerbread Latte

I’m not a coffee drinker- which is a little surprising since both of my parents are questionably addicted to their morning cups. But even though I’m not a fan of coffee, that doesn’t mean that I can’t partake in the tradition of hot breakfast beverages: I’m just a tea drinker. In fact, my favorite tea, which I drink most mornings (sometimes in lieu of breakfast) is chai tea. It’s sweet, strongly spiced, and made with milk so it’s both creamy and filling. I love my morning teas and, sometimes, take small sips to savor those minutes before my day starts and life gets hectic. That being said, if I were ever going to exchange my ritual cup of tea for one of coffee, it would be for this Gingerbread Latte. Made in my brand new 7 QT Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Easy Clean Slow Cooker thanks to the brand Crock-Pot® for sponsoring this post!

It shares all of the qualities I love in my chai tea- the strong spices, creamy milk, and the perfect amount of sweetness. The only real departure is that the caffeine boost comes from 3 1/2 cups of strong coffee. And while the taste of the coffee disagrees with me, the rest of this recipe really captures my attention. It was a great day to make it, too- it snowed all day long; which always makes me extra appreciative of a hot mug of deliciousness. It makes me grateful to be warm and inside- plus it warms me up from the inside. And thanks to the fact that it’s a slow cooker recipe, I spent most of my time making the gingerbread men I used to garnish the cups! (In part because the family recipe box tricked me into making a loaf of ginger bread before I realized the recipe I’d intended to make was actually entitled gingerbread. See the difference?) I just measured out all of the ingredients into my 7 QT Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Easy Clean Slow Cooker, stirred it up, and walked away. So as I spent my day bustling around the kitchen, slowly but surely the whole house started to smell more and more delicious.

And thanks to the steam release valve on the top of my Crock Pot Slow Cooker’s lid, following the “do not boil” direction was a snap. Every time I checked the brew and gave it a stir, even though the mixture was clearly hot, it never once appeared to be in danger of reaching the dreaded boil. After the 3-5 hours of stewing, all the various ingredients had finally steeped into one harmonious flavor composition. For appearances, I poured (okay, ladled) the latte into mugs whose rims were first painted with caramel sauce and then rolled in graham cracker crumbs. Then, I covered the surface with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a light dusting of cloves. (Again, purely for the aesthetics. We’re fancy here in the Breezeway Bakery.) And for an added air of whimsy, I balanced gingerbread cookies off the edge of my mugs. Though, in all seriousness, they double as a sweet and crunchy snack as you sip your way to happiness.

AuthorMackieDifficultyBeginner

 8 cups Whole Milk
 ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
 1 tbsp Ginger
 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
 2 sticks Cinnamon
 Dash of Cloves
 ½ tsp Nutmeg
 3 ½ cups Strong Coffee or Espresso

1

Combine all of the ingredients in a 7 Quart Crock Pot Slow Cooker. Stir the mixture together, then cook on low heat for 3 hours. Check periodically to be sure that the mixture doesn't come to a boil and stir occasionally.

2

Turn the slow cooker to the warm setting and continue to heat until ready to serve. Stir the latte one last time right before serving.

3

For dramatic presentation, dip the rim of you mugs in caramel sauce and graham crackers crumbs. Then top the coffee with a helping of whipped cream, more caramel sauce, and maybe even a gingerbread cookie.

Ingredients

 8 cups Whole Milk
 ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
 1 tbsp Ginger
 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
 2 sticks Cinnamon
 Dash of Cloves
 ½ tsp Nutmeg
 3 ½ cups Strong Coffee or Espresso

Directions

1

Combine all of the ingredients in a 7 Quart Crock Pot Slow Cooker. Stir the mixture together, then cook on low heat for 3 hours. Check periodically to be sure that the mixture doesn't come to a boil and stir occasionally.

2

Turn the slow cooker to the warm setting and continue to heat until ready to serve. Stir the latte one last time right before serving.

3

For dramatic presentation, dip the rim of you mugs in caramel sauce and graham crackers crumbs. Then top the coffee with a helping of whipped cream, more caramel sauce, and maybe even a gingerbread cookie.

Crock Pot Gingerbread Latte

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