Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011
“Nothing says ‘lovin’ like something from the oven” and hot, puffy cinnamon rolls say it best! What could go wrong when the first four ingredients are Butter, Chocolate, Sugar and Cinnamon? You’ll be blown away with this simple cinnamon roll recipe. It’s almost as fast as making those dreadful cinnamon rolls out of a tube. There is no waiting for a sweet yeasty dough to proof. You will still get the warm aroma and flavor of baked cinnamon and butter topped with a sweet white icing in mere minutes.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 20 to 25 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes (if you can wait that long)
Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls
For the cinnamon rolls:
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
8 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed (store bought)
For the glaze:
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
To make the cinnamon rolls:
- Preheat an oven to 400° F.
- Using a pastry brush butter the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon.
- Unroll both sheets of thawed puff pastry on a clean smooth work service.
- Brush the top service or each with remaining melted butter.
- Evenly spread the chocolate mixture into the sheets and lightly roll with a rolling pin.
- Lift an edge of first sheet and tightly roll. Slice each roll into six equal segments. Do the same steps again with the second sheet of puff pastry.
- Place a rolls into the 12 buttered muffin cups.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, or until cinnamon rolls are a rich golden brown and filling is bubbling. Let rolls cool for 30 minutes before eating. Now they are ready to glaze.
To glaze the cinnamon rolls:
- In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar milk and extracts, and stir until smooth.
- Remove the cooled muffins from muffin cups.
- Using the tines of a fork drizzle the glaze over the cinnamon rolls, and serve warm.
ChefSecret: If you don’t have a muffin tin you can bake them in a well-buttered pie pan of a square baking pan. Make sure they are touching the sides of one another.