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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hot Vanilla

Today’s recipe involves drinking butter. Yep, you heard me. We are going to drink butter. And it’s going to be awesome.

Every time I make bread pudding, I want to drink the milk mixture that goes into the recipe. So today I whipped up a variation of that milk mixture and drank it. And just like that ‘hot vanilla’ was born! (Okay, okay, maybe not born. I did a google search and turns out hot vanilla is not new, but whatever. I’m just pretending google doesn’t exist.)

I am officially a fan of hot vanilla, especially my version (I know, so humble). It’s sweet, has a nice cinnamon-vanilla flavor, and the butter gives it a silky, almost-savory twist. Perfect for a cold winter day!

Here’s to drinking butter!

Hot Vanilla
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk together over low to medium heat until butter melts and milk is as hot as you like it.


  1. 1
    Amanda L

    Well, I didn’t know about hot vanilla! Sounds awesome, I’ll have to try it!

  2. 2
    Jenn A

    This is a new one for me too, but I love hot drinks in cold weather!

  3. Yum, I will have to try this one tonight!

  4. That sounds so rich, comforting and just heavenly on a cold day!

  5. Oh my goodness – I love the thought of hot vanilla! YUM!

  6. 6

    I’ve made this before, although without the butter. Will have to try it that way. I’ve also made it with almond flavoring instead of vanilla. Delicious either way! πŸ˜‰

  7. 7

    Just made this….DELISH!!!

  8. 8

    I didn’t do a google search for Vanilla Milk, but I recognized the recipe as soon as I read the ingredients. My mother used to make this for me when I *had a sore throat. She always told me the butter was to help the milk slide down my throat. Wonderfull memories, and wonderful drink.

  9. Hey i don’t mind drinking butter AT ALL. Not one bit. So this Hot Vanilla recipe is right up my alley

  10. 10

    We buy vanilla syrup (like you put in lattes) at the grocery store, heat up milk and put it in there and call it hot vanilla. This definitely sounds more decadent!

    • Jane Maynard

      this may be more decadent, but your way also sounds so quick and easy…and still delish! will have to remember that πŸ™‚

  11. 11

    Just look delicious. I ate vanilla ice cream. But haven’t try this hot vanilla. Just wanna try

  12. 12

    My husband will be thrilled about this! I always tease him that “vanilla is not a flavor.” Of course I know it is, but it’s fun to see him get worked up. “If it wasn’t a flavor, they’d call it plain!” This will be the perfect peace offering.

  13. 13

    I think this is the closest I’ll ever get to the Three Broomstick’s Butter Beer πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      so funny you should say that, I was thinking the same thing as I was writing about it!

    • Jane Maynard

      and seriously, every time they drank butter beer in the books I wanted to go to the three broomsticks so bad! πŸ™‚

  14. 14

    Can’t wait to try this!

  15. 15

    my husband and i just tried this and he won’t stop talking about it. “what is this?” can you make more?!”

  16. 16
    Jane Maynard

    that’s the kind of feedback I love to hear – yea! πŸ™‚

  17. Is it bad that as soon as you said drink butter I thought of Big Bang where they went to the artic and Sheldon was trying to get them to drink butter? This sounds way better than that.

    • Jane Maynard

      ha ha! that’s funny it’s the first thing you thought of…and I guarantee this is better! πŸ™‚

  18. Along these lines, I recently discovered Torani flavored syrups. My favorite drink right now is plain old milk, heated up, with a bit of the sugar-free Hazelnut syrup, topped with a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice. It’s SOOOO good! And not even unhealthy!

  19. 19

    I just wanted you to know you’re not alone on the whole bread pudding sauce epiphany,then thinking you’ve invented something new, only to have your bubble popped by the Internet thing. I feel better about drinking butter now. πŸ˜€

  20. 20

    I just made this and it was delicious!!!! I am dairy-free so I used original almond milk and earth balance spread instead of butter but MAN it was sooo good! thank you!

    • Jane Maynard

      glad you liked it, and thanks for sharing those modifications which I’m sure would be helpful for those who need dairy-free!

  21. I can drink butter for sure. OK it seems a lot but I know the Cinnamon will minimize any downsides of butter. This is a classic cake of having your cake and eating it too. An inspired touch on the Vanilla Jane. Makes everything feel so cozy and completes the drink.

  22. 22

    I am going to make it and it looks good..

  23. 23

    Very disappointed, too sweet and just not tasty at all. Would not try again.

  24. 24
    Nikki CB

    I just tried this with my kids today – we all thought it was delicious and super easy to make. Thanks!

  25. 25

    I’m sick and its tech week so I was looking through and I saw that cinomin is good for getting better and I found this! I only made 1 serving because my dad doesn’t like sweet stuff, but he tried it and said, “Oh wow! I don’t think you need anything sweet in there! (I was asking for marshmallows or whipped cream) You might want to save that recipe!” Its really really good but can you make a single serving recipe? I added a bit too much cinomin because my division was wrong on the recipe! Thank you for sharing this! I love it!

  26. 26
    Katie Parisi

    AHHH!THIS IS TOO AMAZING! I just got home from school and asked if I could make it, and pulling of the recipe my dad was poking me saying “MAKE MY HOT VANILLA!” This is so amazing im now the house elf when I want to make this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Katie, I love both of your comments! So happy you are loving this and that your dad is, too! So sweet!

      As for making 1 serving instead of two, I would try 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon – and if you want a bit more, just do a couple pinches more. You could also do a heaping 1/4 teaspoon, that would come out to about half of what the recipe calls for when you make 2 servings.

      You’re welcome for sharing! And thank you for commenting!

  27. 27
    Carrie Roettger

    My grandmother (my Me-Me) used to make “milkshakes” using milk, sugar and vanilla. I always loved them and my kids grew up with them too. I never thought of heating the milk up though. I can’t wait to try this.

  28. 28

    Jane do you use regular cinnamon that you get at the grocery store or Ceylon Cinnamon? I try to use Ceylon Cinnamon In every thing instead of the Cassia (the kind In the spice area). It’s a bit more expensive and got it on Amazon but has such great health values it would be great in this. Going to go make some now.

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