Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

From Julie Van Rosendaal

2012 Mar/Apr

We first drank thick, steaming peanut butter hot chocolate one November at the Shake Shack, an outdoor burger joint in New York City. Lovers of chocolate peanut butter cups will adore this molten version in a mug.


  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 3 c. 2 % or whole milk
  • 2 – 4 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 3 oz. good-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • pinch sea salt


In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and cocoa to get rid of lumps. Whisk in the water until smooth, then whisk in the milk over medium-high heat. Heat the mixture until it’s steaming. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and the chocolate.

Let the hot chocolate sit for a few seconds, then blend it with a hand-held immersion blender. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and sprinkle with a bit of salt.

Serves 4.