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These Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls takes your classic cinnamon rolls to the next level. The chocolate frosting is so delicious and easy to make.

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If you and your family love cinnamon rolls and chocolate, then you need to make this recipe. It is every chocolate lovers dream as this recipe really puts a twist on your classic cinnamon roll recipe.

The chocolate flavor cinnamon rolls makes the perfect breakfast or dessert. The chocolate cinnamon filling is loaded with flavor and adds just the right amount of chocolate flavor.

Celebrate the holidays with this delicious breakfast recipe. Check out these other options – Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe, Easy Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe, or Lazy Day Cinnamon Biscuits.

Why We Love these Cinnamon Rolls:

  • Simple Ingredients – The ingredient list maybe long, but they are staple pantry ingredients. If you are a baker you probably already have the majority of them.
  • Chocolate Lovers Dream – We love homemade cinnamon rolls. But adding chocolate frosting and chocolate cinnamon sugar filling takes it to the next level.
  • Easy to Make – These steps are easy to follow to create the perfect holiday morning breakfast. They are even delicious for a after dinner dessert. The total time to make these cinnamon rolls is about 3 hours.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed for Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Serves: 12 

Make the Dough: 

  • Warm Water
  • Package Active Dry Yeast 0.75 oz
  • Milk
  • Melted Butter, melted but not hot
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Salt
  • Egg, room temperature
  • All Purpose Flour

For the Filling

  • Unsalted Butter (softened) 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate (finely chopped) 

For the Glaze: 

  • Cream Cheese (softened) 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Cocoa Powder 
  • Milk 

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Variation Ideas:

  • Frosting – Make a traditional cream cheese frosting instead of chocolate frosting if you prefer.
  • Chocolate Chips – You can add in chocolate chips to the filling mixture while adding the filling.
  • Nuts – If you prefer to have nuts in your cinnamon roll, you can still add them to this recipe. Chopped pecans or chopped walnuts are always a great option.  

Step by Step Instructions: 

Step 1 – Mix together the warm water and instant yeast. Let this mixture sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 2 – Slowly combine yeast mixture with the remaining dough ingredients.  Gradually add the dry ingredients 1 cup at a time until a soft dough is formed. Mix with the dough hook.

Step 3 – Then place the dough in a well greased large bowl. Then turn to coat the dough with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow dough to double.

Step 4 – Roll out into a large rectangle on lightly floured surface with a rolling pin. The rectangle should be around 24”X15” but does not need to be exact.

Step 5 – In a small bowl mix together the filling ingredients except for the semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Spread the butter mixture onto the rolled dough. 

Step 6 – Sprinkle the chopped chocolate evenly on the chocolate filling. Then gently press the chocolate down into the dough with your hands.  

Step 7 – Roll up the dough then slice your long roll into 12 individual cinnamon rolls. Using dental floss or a large serrated knife.  

Step 8 – Place sliced rolls in a glass 9X13 casserole dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise. The bake cinnamon rolls for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 9 – Mix together the glaze ingredients with a hand held mixer until combined and creamy.

Step 10 – Spread the glaze over the warm chocolate cinnamon rolls.

Recipe Tips:

  • Prepare Ingredients – Make sure when mixing the yeast that the water is not to hot. The water needs to be warm.
  • Combining Ingredients – Mix the ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer. The dough attachments combines the dough and yeast ingredients together perfectly.
  • Dough Rising – Allow the dough to rise in an oiled bowl. This usually takes up to 2 hours.
  • Rolling Dough – For best results roll the dough on a lightly floured work surface. This helps to prevent the dough from sticking to the work surface.
  • Slicing the Dough – We recommend slicing the dough with floss or sharp knife. This helps to slice the rolls evenly.

The Best Way to Cut Dough:

After rolling the dough, we like to cut the dough by using a dental floss or a large sharp knife. This helps to make clean cuts to place in the baking dish.

Chocolate cinnamon rolls in a baking dish

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  These are best served warmed, so microwave the leftovers for 30 seconds before enjoying them.

How to Serve:

When we serve these delicious chocolate cinnamon rolls, we love to top with softened butter or powdered sugar. Feel free when serving to add more chocolate chips or chopped nuts.

Can I Prepare Ahead of Time?

This is a great recipe to make ahead of time. You can prepare the dough and place in treat pan and place in the fridge. This gives time for the cinnamon roll dough to rise.
We do recommend baking the cinnamon rolls within about 16 hours of preparing it.

Can I Double the Recipe?

Yes, these cinnamon rolls make the perfect breakfast or to wrap up as a holiday. We love making these for neighbors and family.

How to Keep Cinnamon Rolls Moist:

Make sure to not overcook them. The more the cinnamon rolls are cooked the drier they can get.

How do you get Cinnamon Rolls to Rise:

We recommend allowing the cinnamon rolls to rise at room temperature. Make sure to cover with a tea towel or a plastic wrap. If you decide to let it rise in the refrigerator it will take a little longer.

Chocolate cinnamon rolls in a baking dish

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Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

5 from 3 votes
These Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls takes your classic cinnamon rolls to the next level. The chocolate frosting is so delicious and easy to make.
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Let Sit 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 383

Ingredients

For the Dough:

For the Filling:

  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 4 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate finely chopped

For the Glaze:

Instructions

  • Mix together the warm water and yeast. Let this mixture sit for about 10 minutes. You will see the yeast activate – tiny bubbles will form at the surface and the liquid will thicken slightly.
  • In a stand mixer mix together with a paddle attachment on medium low speed, slowly combine yeast mixture with the remaining dough ingredients.  Gradually add the flour 1 cup at a time until a soft dough is formed.
  • Then place the dough in a well greased bowl and turn to coat the dough with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size (approximately 1-1 ½ hours).
  • Remove dough from bowl and knead for 1-2 minutes, adding flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands or the countertop. Roll out into a large rectangle. The rectangle should be around 24”X15” but does not need to be exact.
  • In a small bowl mix together the filling ingredients except for the semi-sweet chocolate.  Spread the butter mixture onto the dough.
  • Sprinkle the chopped chocolate evenly on top and gently press the chocolate down into the dough with your hands.
  • Roll up the dough, starting at the short end.
  • Slice your long roll into 12 individual cinnamon rolls using floss or a large serrated knife.
  • Place sliced rolls in a glass 9X13 casserole dish (sprayed with cooking spray). Make sure they are nice and snug.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another 30-60 minutes, or until almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake for 25-20 minutes until the cinnamon rolls are lightly golden brown on top.  Remove the rolls from the oven and let them sit for approximately 20 minutes before topping with the glaze.
  • Mix together the glaze ingredients with a hand held mixer until combined and creamy.  Add more milk if the glaze is too thick and add more powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin based on your preference.
  • Spread the glaze over the warm chocolate cinnamon rolls and then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  These are best served warmed, so microwave the leftovers for 30 seconds before enjoying them.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 383kcal, Carbohydrates 59g, Protein 6g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.4g, Cholesterol 53mg, Sodium 183mg, Potassium 170mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 22g, Vitamin A 501IU, Vitamin C 0.02mg, Calcium 57mg, Iron 3mg

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