- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4-1/2 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup baking cocoa
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup finely chopped nuts, optional
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- Additional miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add the butter, sugar, salt and remaining water. Stir in 2-1/2 cups flour and cocoa. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle; brush with melted butter. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips and nuts if desired; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.
- Roll up each jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Cut each into 10 slices. Place cut side down in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Spread over rolls while slightly warm; sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired. Yield: 20 rolls.
Reviews for Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls
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We found the cinnamon rolls very dry. I even used a cup less flour than the recipe called for.
Quick question, what kind of cocoa do you use?? Unsweetened or other??
I need to double this receipe the next time I make it and I know there will be a next time!!
I made these today and the dough is wonderful. The only problem I had with the recipe is the baking instructions that say to bake for 25-30 minutes or till lightly browned. ??? This dough is as dark as a chocolate bar... Still it is a good recipe.
I made these with my little sister and they turned out so well! They tasted awesome and were not sickly sweet like some cinnamon rolls, but tasty and with a nice chocolate flavor that went well with the cinnamon sugar inside. They weren't too hard to make either.