Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

If you love hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls, then you’ll love this delicious recipe! Perfect for any occasion, these rolls bring together the comforting flavors of hot chocolate in a delightful pastry.

Why You’ll Love Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

  • Warm Indulgence: Experience the warmth and comfort of hot chocolate combined with the sweet and cinnamon goodness of classic rolls.
  • Delicious Fusion: The combination of rich hot chocolate flavors and the classic taste of cinnamon rolls creates a unique and delightful fusion that’s sure to please your taste buds.
  • Easy to Make: Despite its gourmet appeal, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make, making it accessible for both beginners and seasoned bakers.
  • Perfect for Celebrations: Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to treat yourself, these Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls add a touch of indulgence to any moment.
  • Family-Friendly: The sweet and comforting flavors make these rolls a hit with the whole family, from kids to adults.

What You Need to Make Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

  • Mixing bowls
  • Stockpot
  • Baking dish (11″ round)
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring cup/spoons

Ingredients You Need to Make Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Dough Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Warm water
  • Kosher salt
  • Instant active yeast
  • Ripe bananas
  • All-purpose flour

Filling Ingredients

  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Cocoa

Hot Chocolate Topping

  • Heavy cream
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Mini marshmallows

The Secret To Cinnamon Rolls

Introducing heavy cream to your cinnamon rolls is like adding a secret ingredient that takes them to the next level. The cream brings a luxurious tenderness to the rolls’ texture, making each bite soft, moist, and incredibly satisfying. As the rolls bake, the cream works its magic, creating a golden, slightly caramelized exterior that adds a subtle richness to every bite. It’s an insider’s tip to crafting cinnamon rolls that are not just good but exceptional.


How much do we add?


When pouring heavy cream into the pan for cinnamon rolls, you don’t need to entirely submerge the dough. The goal is to provide a generous amount to ensure moisture and flavor enhancement, but not so much that it drowns the dough. Aim to cover about 2/3 of the dough with the cream, leaving some parts exposed.

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Mash bananas in a mixing bowl.

Combine sugar, yeast, honey, and warm water in a separate bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Scald butter, sugar, salt, and milk in a stockpot. Set aside to cool partially.

Add the yeast mixture, milk mixture, and flour to the mashed bananas. Mix for 3 minutes.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 9×12 inches.

How to Make the Filling

Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and cocoa.

Spread the filling over the rolled-out dough.

Roll up the dough and cut into 6 slices.

Butter an 11-inch round baking dish. Place the rolls in the dish and let rise.

How to Make the Hot Chocolate Topping

Combine cream and hot chocolate mix in a pot.

Cook for 5 minutes and pour over the risen rolls.

Top with mini marshmallows.

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bake the rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Enjoy the delightful blend of hot chocolate and cinnamon roll goodness!

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I prepare these in advance? 

Yes, you can make the dough and filling ahead, refrigerate, and bake when needed.

Can I use a different type of flour? 

Yes! Feel free to use 1:1 gluten-free flour if you can’t have gluten.

Can I adjust the sweetness? 

Feel free to adjust sugar levels according to your taste preference.

How long can I store leftovers? 

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days, reheating before serving.

Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Enjoy this warm, indulgent fusion of hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls in this tasty treat!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 324kcal

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • stockpot
  • Baking dish (11″ round)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Measuring cup/spoons

Ingredients

Dough Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • cup sugar
  • ½ cup warm water 110°F
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 package instant active yeast
  • 1 cup ripe bananas 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 4 cups 1.1 GF flour 3 1/2 cups for dough + 1/2 cup for rolling

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa

Hot Chocolate Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 packet hot chocolate mix
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

Directions for Dough

  • In a mixing bowl, mash bananas until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine half the sugar, yeast, honey, and warm water.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  • In a stockpot, combine butter, remaining sugar, salt, and milk.
  • Scald the milk mixture (do not boil), set aside to cool partially.
  • Add the yeast mixture, milk mixture, and flour to the banana mixture.
  • Mix on medium setting for 3 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to approximately 9×12 inches.

Directions for Filling

  • Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and cocoa to create the filling.
  • Spread the filling over the rolled-out dough.
  • Roll up the dough and cut into 6 slices.
  • Butter an 11-inch round baking dish.
  • Place the cinnamon rolls in the dish, loosely cover with plastic wrap and a towel.
  • Let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1 1/2 times).

Directions for Hot Chocolate Topping

  • In a pot, combine cream and hot chocolate mix.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, then pour over the risen rolls.
  • Top with mini marshmallows.

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Savor the delightful combination of hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls in this easy-to-make treat. These rolls offer a cozy and indulgent experience perfect for sharing with loved ones. Elevate your baking game with this delightful fusion of flavors that brings joy to every bite.

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