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Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

These rolls are different from the regular cinnamon rolls. When I take them to my morning bowling league, they are quickly scarfed up.—Myrna Sippel, Thompson, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    20 rolls


  • 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
  • ICING:
  • 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 12x10-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 15x10x1-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 284 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • december7
    May 30, 2020

    In one word----AWESOME!! When each of my daughters left the nest they left with this recipe!!

  • khegeman
    Feb 6, 2013

    We found the cinnamon rolls very dry. I even used a cup less flour than the recipe called for.

  • boston37
    Jan 20, 2013

    Quick question, what kind of cocoa do you use?? Unsweetened or other??

  • nanajacobsen
    Dec 20, 2012

    I need to double this receipe the next time I make it and I know there will be a next time!!

  • debleblanc
    Nov 4, 2012

    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.

  • Foreverdixie
    Sep 8, 2012

    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.

  • Foreverdixie
    Jun 7, 2012

    I made these with my six year old sister and even though it took all day, they were really worth it! So yummy and not overly sweet like the cinnamon rolls from the tube. We had them as a snack after dinner and then again for breakfast and they were delicious! Perfect except that I might make more cinnamon filling next time. Will definately make again soon!!!!

  • 5hungrykids
    Aug 18, 2011

    My kids really liked these! These were easy to make. One of my kids said she liked these better than the regular cinnamon rolls. The kids did say they were a little too sweet for breakfast. They prefer them for a dessert after a meal.