Rapid Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

I hadn’t baked much with yeast before I started on my quest to make a cinnamon roll. I probably should have started with something a little simpler, but my household loves a good cinnamon roll. I made these chocolate cinnamon rolls with rapid rise yeast, so they didn’t take hours to rise. These are a great introduction to baking with yeast, and they’re certainly a crowd pleaser.

chocolate cinnamon rolls


I’m gonna make this clear… don’t assume you’re gonna mix a few things in a bowl, roll around the dough, and plop them in the oven. These cinnamon rolls will take a little time, but no time in comparison than using traditional yeast. They were definitely worth the effort. The entire pan was consumed in less than a hour (after my in-laws stopped by), and I was glad. They saved me from eating them later.

Rapid Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12
Chocolate cinnamon rolls using rapid rise yeast are ready in about an hour.
  • Dough:
  • 1¼ cups very warm buttermilk or milk (not boiling)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ brown sugar
  • ⅓ granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Dash nutmeg
  1. Dissolve yeast packet in ¼ cup warm milk in small bowl
  2. Add the remaining ingredients keeping back 2 cups of flour in a large bowl and mix well
  3. Mix in yeast
  4. Slowly add the remaining flour in small amounts until a dough ball starts to form.
  5. Hand knead the dough or use the dough attachment on your mixer for a few minutes
  6. Place in a lightly floured microwavable bowl and cover with plastic wrap
  7. Heat a mug of water in the microwave until boiling, roughly 2 minutes
  8. Turn microwave power to 10% and place dough (in covered bowl) for 4 minutes
  9. Allow to sit 4 minutes in microwave
  10. Repeat the previous 2 steps
  11. Preheat oven to 350F
  12. Prepare the filling by mixing all the filling ingredients together
  13. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface in a rectangle roughly ¼ inch thick
  14. Spread filling evenly across the dough
  15. Beginning rolling on the long side and roll a long log
  16. Using a bread knife, slice the individual rolls roughly 1.25 inches thick
  17. Grease a 9x13 glass/ceramic backing dish and evenly space rolls on the pan
  18. Optional: Allow rolls to rise in the microwave one last time
  19. Turn the microwave power to 10% and heat rolls 3 minutes
  20. Bake for 20-30 minutes
  21. Sift powdered sugar and mix with remaining glaze ingredients
  22. Spread over cooling rolls

Cinnamon Rolls


chocolate cinnamon rolls


cinnamon rolls


These are tender and delicious. These aren’t difficult to make and they’re great for a long morning at home.

What’s your favorite morning treat?



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  • Reply Sarah H 13/02/2015 at 10:51 am

    Wow!! This looks amazing!!!

    • Reply Jess 13/02/2015 at 1:08 pm

      They’re really easy Sarah! You should try them.

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