Chocolate cinnamon rolls with chocolate cream cheese frosting

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Many of you have tried my favourite recipe for classic cinnamon rolls (soft, sticky and sweet cinnamon rolls) with a lot of sticky and sweet icing, but how do you feel about chocolate cinnamon rolls? These cinnamon rolls are soft and delicious. They have an intense taste and aroma of chocolate and cinnamon thanks to the addition of dark cocoa powder both in the dough and in the cream cheese frosting. I love them!

Chocolate cinnamon rolls with chocolate cream cheese frosting

Chocolate cinnamon rolls with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Leavened cake with chocolate aftertaste and frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course sweets and desserts
Cuisine traditional American, vegetarian
Servings 15 portions
Calories 154 kcal


Chocolate cinnamon rolls

  • 100 g butter
  • 500 ml milk
  • 100 g white sugar
  • 7 g active dry yeast
  • 640 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g dark cocoa powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground coffee optional
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • some butter curls

Cream cheese chocolate glaze

  • 120 g cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder


Instructions: Chocolate cinnamon rolls with chocolate cream cheese frosting

  • Warm up your milk together with butter until it is completely melted then set aside to cool down. Add vanilla extract, sugar and active dry yeast. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes until the yeast becomes slightly frothy.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, salt and ground coffee (ground coffee is optional but intensifies the taste of chocolate). Stir with a spoon until no traces of flour are visible and set aside for 5 minutes so that the liquids are absorbed by the flour.
  • Knead the dough by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook for 10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Transfer it into a bowl, cover with a slightly damp cotton cloth and let it rise in a warm place for 2 hours or until it doubles the volume (important step!). The rising times are approximate, it can take more or less time depending on the temperature of the environment, the freshness of the yeast, the strength of the flour and other factors not related to the recipe. The amall amount of yeast let your cake be moist and fresh for more time.

Note from the author of this recipe

  • While you are preparing your brioche I just want to tell you that I really appreciate that you have decided to prepare my recipe. If you like it, I would be delighted and it could be a huge help for me if you follow me on my official social channel such as instagram where I publish every time a new recipe comes out. To become my follower just search for foodohfood in your instagram or click on this link: and press Follow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Barbara. ^_^

Creating the rolls

  • Deflate the dough and spread it on a floured surface to create a rectangle. Sprinkle the rectangle with brown sugar mixed with cinnamon and add some butter curls.
  • Roll the rectangle to create a roll of dough. Using the sharp knife, divide it into 15 equal parts. Place cinnamon roll slices over a rectangular baking pan (leave some space between them). Cover the pan with cotton cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes – 1 hour.

The baking

  • Bake your cinnamon rolls in preheated oven at 180 °C for 25 – 30 minutes. Then take the pan from the oven and put aside to let it cool down.
  • Prepare the glaze by whisking cream cheese with milk, sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder. Pass the glaze through a fine sieve in case of lumps. Spread still warm chocolate cinnamon rolls with prepared glaze and serve.


3 hours waiting time.
The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 15portionsCalories: 154kcal
Keyword brioche, chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls, dark chocolate, leavened cake, soft brioche, soft buns
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lot of love. B.

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