Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

November 24, 2014 (Last Updated: March 12, 2020)

Easy chocolate chip cinnamon rolls with a gooey chocolate filling. Simply perfect for an indulgent breakfast on a thanksgiving morning with a glass of warm milk!

glazed chocolate chip cinnamon rolls in baking pan

These quick and easy chocolate chip cinnamon rolls were finished in about an hour and a half, no joke. This recipe is absolutely perfect for an indulgent breakfast, and it’s pretty simple to make. I made this for my husband who happens to hate cinnamon, but… lets just say he ate more than half of these. These rolls are perfect with warm milk or hot coffee on a chilly morning before you have to go to work or as an easy, filling breakfast for when you have guests over. Even though it would be enough for about 6-8 people, don’t be surprised if it vanishes between two people. Enjoy!

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

Main Ingredients

  • One and a half cups of bread flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • A 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • A 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • A quarter cup plus one teaspoon of sugar
  • A quarter cup of milk
  • Two and one quarter teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt
  • For the filling: 3 tablespoons of softened butter; 2 tbsp cocoa powder; 2 tsp cinnamon; 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • For the frosting: 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar; 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste; 1/2 tsp milk

In a small bowl, activate the yeast in a mixture of lukewarm milk (between 108F – 110F) and 1 tsp sugar, set aside for 10-15 minutes until the mixture get frothy.

yeast activating in bowl of lukewarm milk

In a bowl, sift together the all purpose flour, bread flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg.

flour mix, salt, sugar and nutmeg in a bowl

Add activated yeast mixture and yogurt into the flour mixture and knead lightly until the mixture forms a soft (but not sticky) dough.
Turn the mixture onto a work surface and knead in the 2 tbsp of butter, one tsp at a time. knead gently for about 15 minutes until all the butter is incorporated.
Set the dough aside in a bowl in a warm place covered to rise for about 1 hour.

In a small bowl, combine the 3 tbsp of softened butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

bowl of softened butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon

Once the dough is about doubled in size, roll it into a thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
Spread the butter mixture unto the dough, and sprinkle the chocolate chips on it.

chocolate chips sprinkled on dough spread on table

Starting from the long end of the rectangle, gently but tightly roll up the dough, lightly pinching the end to seal the roll.

rolled up dough on table

Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 1.5 inch sections, and place in a buttered 8×8 baking dish.

set of cut rolls arranged in buttered baking dish

Set aside covered (with clear wrap) in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until the roll doubles in size.

rolls in baking dish covered in clear wrap

Place in a preheated 350F oven for 25-30 minutes or till lightly golden brown on the top.

golden brown cinnamon rolls fresh out the oven

To make the frosting, whisk the powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and 1/2 tsp milk
While the rolls are still warm, pour on the frosting gently over the rolls.

chocolate chip cinnamon rolls with freshly glazed in baking pan

Serve warm with warm milk or coffee.

chocolate chip cinnamon roll served on a single plate

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Easy chocolate cinnamon rolls with a gooey chocolate filling. Simply perfect for an indulgent breakfast on a thanksgiving morning with a glass of warm milk!
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, British, European
Servings: 8
Calories: 344kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 3 tbsp vanilla yogurt

For the filling

  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

For the frosting

  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp milk

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, activate the yeast in a mixture of lukewarm milk (between 108F – 110F) and 1 tsp sugar, set aside for 10-15 minutes until the mixture get frothy.
  • In a bowl, sift together the all purpose flour, bread flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg.
  • Add activated yeast mixture and yogurt into the flour mixture and kneed lightly until the mixture forms a soft (but not sticky) dough.
  • Turn the mixture onto a work surface and kneed in the 2 tbsp of butter, one tsp at a time. kneed gently for about 15 minutes until all the butter is incorporated.
  • Set the dough aside in a bowl in a warm place covered to rise for about 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, combine the 3 tbsp of softened butter, coco powder and cinnamon.
  • Once the dough is about doubled in size, roll it into a thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  • Spread the butter mixture unto the dough, and sprinkle the chocolate chips on it.
  • Starting from the long end of the rectangle, gently but tightly roll up the dough, lightly pinching the end to seal the roll.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 1.5 inch sections, and place in a buttered 8×8 baking dish. Set aside covered (with clear wrap) in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until the roll doubles in size.
  • Place in a preheated 350F oven for 25-30 minutes or till lightly golden brown on the top.
  • To make the frosting, whisk the powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and 1/2 tsp milk
  • While the rolls are still warm, pour on the frosting gently over the rolls.
  • Serve warm with warm milk or coffee.

Notes

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Voke Ojakovo
    January 5, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I hate cinnamons too. Reading that just encourages me to try this recipe

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      January 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      If you try it let me know if you like it!

  • Reply
    Bola Adesope
    June 3, 2016 at 4:19 am

    This really looks, and i am sure will also taste, yummy…

    My love for chocolate, cake and sweet things generally is out of this world.

    They call me sweet-tooth..

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