Every single Christmas, my mom spent most of the month leading up to the big day baking. Every night (remember, this was pre internet and pre reality show days) we did at least 1 kind of cookies. She had this master list. It was crazy. She also worked out of the house! I don’t know how she did it. I certainly can’t…and I work from home. Regardless, they were cherished traditions. One of my most favorite and keep-it-close-to-my-heart traditions was early Christmas morning. I was, without fail, the first one up. Always. My mom must have been exhausted and not wanting to get out of bed, but by 6 she’d always drag herself up and head down to make coffee. Once I heard her start moving I knew it was my time to GO DOWNSTAIRS!! But not for presents, or any of that. In the wee hours of those Christmas mornings, mom would make coffee (full 12 cup pots worth) to put in her Christmas carafe, I would get the juice glasses and a pitcher of orange juice, and she’d put the monkey bread in the oven that she’d made before going to bed the night before. As we finished and waited for both the bread to finish baking and others in the house to start waking up, we’d sit in the kitchen together- me with some orange juice or cocoa if I was behaving nicely- and mom with her Christmas morning coffee. I couldn’t tell you a conversation we had even once in all of those mornings, but those moments of peace, on that special holiday morning, are moments that I treasure so much now.
I don’t know what happened to mom’s carafe. My niece has mom’s holiday dishes. Maybe she has it. We don’t even make monkey bread for Christmas morning- but I usually do an overnight egg casserole- but every year as my husband and I get our own Christmas morning coffee going, and spend a few moments alone before letting the kids downstairs…I find those are the moments I treasure most. That peace, and quiet, before the excitement and chaos of the wonder of Christmas morning. I love them, and wouldn’t trade them for anything…especially if I have some nice warm coffee to enjoy to keep me up and alert throughout the day.
Christmas Morning Coffee Drink
1 cup Dunkin Donuts White Chocolate Peppermint Coffee
1/2 tbs white chocolate chips per 1 cup of coffee
1/4-1/2 tbs crushed peppermints to 1 cup of coffee
Extra Extra Coffee Creamer
Brew your coffee as you normally would, adding 1 heaping tablespoon of Dunkin’ Donuts White Chocolate Peppermint coffee to every 1 cup of water.
Using your milk frother, froth your desired amount of creamer. Pour coffee over the frothed creamer
(For regular coffee: Once your coffee is brewed, pour the coffee into your favorite mug and add 1-2 tablespoons of Coffee Creamer).
Add 2-3 heaping tablespoons of whipped on top and sprinkle with white chocolate chips and crushed peppermints.
Enjoy on Christmas morning!
I love the fun seasonal flavors that Dunkin’ Donuts offers a few times a year. From a Coconut in Spring and Summer to the White Chocolate Peppermint and all of the other amazing flavors, there’s an option to fit the flavors of that time of year and a way to mix things up with your coffee beverages. Have a cup, share a pot, enjoy with friends and family. The varieties offered in the seasonal flavors give you the perfect excuse to gather with loved ones around the table (or a fire, it’s cold outside!) and share a warm cup of coffee and memories.
Be sure to pop over and check out our Coffee Glazed Coffee Cake
– it’s the perfect pairing with any coffee drink!
What are your favorite holiday memories and recipes?
Thanks to Dunkin Donuts for inviting to me one of their preferred Influencers. This coffee drink recipe is part of my participation in that program. Opinions are my own.
Christmas Morning Coffee Drink Recipe
- 1 cup Dunkin Donuts White Chocolate Peppermint Coffee
- 1/2 tbs white chocolate chips per 1 cup of coffee
- 1/4-1/2 tbs crushed peppermints to 1 cup of coffee
- Dunkin’ Donuts Extra Extra Coffee Creamer
- whipped cream
- milk frother
- Brew your coffee as you normally would, adding 1 heaping tablespoon of Dunkin’ Donuts White Chocolate Peppermint coffee to every 1 cup of water.
- Using your milk frother, froth your desired amount of creamer. Pour coffee over the frothed creamer
- (For regular coffee: Once your coffee is brewed, pour the coffee into your favorite mug and add 1-2 tablespoons of Dunkin’ Donuts Extra Extra Coffee Creamer).
- Add 2-3 heaping tablespoons of whipped on top and sprinkle with white chocolate chips and crushed peppermints.