Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls


Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Yield: 9 cinnamon rolls

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are full of chocolate and are topped with cream cheese frosting. Chocolate is always a great way to start the day.


For the chocolate dough
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Dark)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
7 Tablespoons butter, melted and divided
For the Cinnamon Filling
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon milk, if needed
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips


Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat in the buttermilk, sour cream, and 2 Tablespoons melted butter until a soft dough forms. Do not over mix.

Place the dough ball on a well floured surface. Knead the dough 4-5 times to get a little flour into it. The dough will be a little sticky. Try not to add to much extra flour though. Very carefully press the dough evenly into a 10×14 rectangle. Use a little bit of flour to keep it from sticking. Spread 2 Tablespoons melted butter on top of the rectangle.

In a small bowl stir together the filling ingredients. Spoon the filling mixture over the butter. Leave about a 1/2 inch around the edge. Carefully roll the dough into a log from the shortest side up. If the dough sticks, use a knife or spatula to gently loosen as you roll it up. Cut the log into 9 even pieces. You can also cut a small piece off either end to even it out.

Grease an 8×8 baking dish with 1 Tablespoon melted butter. Place the 9 rolls in the pan. Drizzle with the last 2 Tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.

Whisk together the cream cheese and powdered sugar with a fork. If it is too thick, you can thin it out with a little milk. Spread over the tops of the warm cinnamon rolls and sprinkle with a few mini chocolate chips. Makes 9 rolls. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls