Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls are stuffed with almond paste and cocoa. They are my take on the famous Cinnabons, only without the cinnamon.
Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls are stuffed with almond paste and cocoa. They are my take on the famous Cinnabons, only without the cinnamon.

This recipe is based on the recipe for Cinna-Buns from the wonderful bakers at King Arthur Baking (formerly King Arthur Flour). They are yeast based and not very difficult to prepare. Even a novice baker can make these wonderful treats.

One cold morning, I got up and decided I wanted cinnamon rolls. I was aghast when I realized I was out of cinnamon. Hard to imagine, right? Well, I did have cocoa and almond paste, two of my favorite flavors that go very well together, so I decided to use that for the filling instead of the traditional cinnamon.

You can buy almond paste in the baking section of your supermarket. You can also make it yourself if you are so inclined; I usually have it on hand in my pantry. It makes an easy filling for a variety of treats, including my Almond Paste Filled Crescents.

You could also make these wonderful rolls with sourdough starter or discard if you are trying to find a way to use it up. Simply replace 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of liquid with one cup of sourdough starter or discard. If you have freshly fed, very active starter, you can also reduce the yeast in this recipe.

Equipment for Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls

One thing I highly recommend is a Silicone Pastry Mat. These mats usually have measurement markings on them so you can make sure that whatever you are rolling out, whether it be pizza dough or cinnamon roll dough is the size you need. Because they are non-stick silicone, you do not need as much flour to keep the dough from sticking.

I also highly recommend using a stand mixer for this. KitchenAid makes several types that all have very strong motors. A good food processor would also be helpful for mixing the filling.

Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls are stuffed with almond paste and cocoa. They are my take on the famous Cinnabons, only without the cinnamon.
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Moderate
Allergen: Dairy, Gluten, Nuts
Servings (slide to adjust): 12
Calories: 510kcal

Ingredients

~~ Dough ~~

  • 1 cup Milk, lukewarm
  • 2 eggs, large, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons Butter, unsalted softened
  • 4 ½ cups Flour
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

~~ Filling ~~

  • cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounce Almond paste
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa

~~ Icing ~~

  • 3 ounce Cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups Powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Rum Extract
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Mise en place
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 cup Milk, 2 eggs, 5 tablespoons Butter, 4 1/2 cups Flour, 1 3/4 teaspoons Salt, 1/2 cup Sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons Yeast, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon almond extract
    Mix together and knead all of the dough ingredients in a stand mixer. Let the mixer knead the dough for about 2 minutes.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • The dough should be soft and smooth.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to grease all sides, cover the bowl, and let the dough rise until it's nearly doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours depending on the warmth of your kitchen.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 egg, 4 ounce Almond paste
    Just before rising time is over, put the almond paste and 1 egg in a food processor. Process it until you have a nice paste.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • To fill and shape the buns: Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Roll the dough into a 16" x 21" (40.64 cm x 53.34 cm) rectangle.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon cocoa
    Spread the dough with the 1/3 cup butter. Mix the powdered sugar and cocoa and sprinkle it evenly over the dough.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • Cover that with the almond paste mixture. Spread it all the way to the edges.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • Starting with a short end, roll the dough into a log and cut it into 12 slices.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • Place the buns in a lightly greased 9" x 13" (33 x 23 x 5 cm) pan. Cover the pan and let the buns rise until they are nearly doubled about 30 minutes.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • While the buns are rising, preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  • When the buns have risen, bake them until they are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • 3 ounce Cream cheese, 4 tablespoons Butter, 1 1/2 cups Powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon Rum Extract
    While the buns are baking, make the icing. In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and rum flavoring.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • Remove the buns from the oven. Spread the icing on the buns while they are warm.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls
  • Serve the buns warm, or at room temperature. Wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for a day or so; freeze for longer storage.
    Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Rolls

Nutrition

Serving: 147gCalories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 9gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 398mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 2gSugar: 33g
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.