Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with Icing Recipe

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These are a change from ordinary cinnamon rolls...and great for coffee breaks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 214 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 214 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add shortening, salt, 1/4 cup sugar, egg, cocoa and 1 cup flour; beat for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour and blend with a spoon until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Stir dough down and turn onto a well-floured surface (dough will be soft). Roll in a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Carefully spread with butter.
  2. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over butter. Roll up gently, beginning at wide end. Cut into 12 pieces and place in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for icing, cream all ingredients together in a small bowl until mixture is desired spreading consistency. Frost rolls while still warm. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p47

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