Labor Of Love

Chocolate meets cinnamon in these sweet, gooey anytime rolls.

Double-Chocolate Breakfast Rolls, Image by Rachel Johnson

Decadence is the word with these double-chocolate breakfast rolls. Sweet, rich and chock-full of chocolate, these treats can be served for brunch or dessert. Chocolate slows the rising process, so don’t worry if it takes a little longer for this dough to double in size.

Makes: 6 large rolls

Active prep time: 30 minutes

Rest time: 2 hours

Cook time: 40 minutes

1 envelope rapid-rise yeast (0.25 ounce)

1/4 cup warm water

3/4 cup whole milk

1/2 cup softened butter, divided

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cooking spray

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Stir yeast into warm water; let stand 5 minutes or until foaming. Microwave milk and 1/4 cup butter in a liquid measuring cup for 45 seconds or until warm. Add milk mixture and yeast to a large bowl.

2. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, egg (plus yolk) and vanilla to bowl; beat until smooth (about 2 minutes).

3. Add remaining flour by the scoopful until a soft dough forms.

4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead about 8 minutes or until soft. Dough will be sticky, so it’s best to use a stand mixer fitted with a bread hook to achieve the best results.

5. Let dough rest on counter; clean out mixing bowl. Dry well; coat inside with nonstick cooking spray to grease. Set dough in the bowl; cover with a clean kitchen towel.

6. Let dough rise about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

7. Sprinkle flour onto counter; turn dough out, rolling gently into a large rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.

8. Spread with remaining softened butter.

9. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter.

10. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips.

11. Roll up from long edges like a jelly-roll; cut into 6 large pieces.

12. Arrange rolls, cut sides up, in a greased cast-iron skillet or a 9- x 9-inch baking dish.

13. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rise another hour.

14. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap; bake rolls 35 to 40 minutes or until slightly browned and set, and chocolate is melted.

15. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, cream and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Pour over hot rolls; let set. Serve rolls warm. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container up to five days.