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chocolate cinnamon roll on white plate with black fork

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with Hazelnut Icing

The perfect way to jazz up any holiday brunch and make your guests extremely satisfied, these rich, delicious, chocolate cinnamon rolls with hazelnut icing will delight adults and kids alike!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 718kcal
Author Tiffany


for the dough

  • 4 - 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 packets Fleischmann's RapidRise® Yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg

for the filling

  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • cup sugar

for the icing

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • milk as needed


  • Butter a 9x13 inch pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, cocoa powder, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  • Combine water and butter in a bowl or liquid measuring cup and microwave for 20 seconds at a time until butter is mostly melted. (The water should be very warm but not too hot to touch).
  • Add water mixture and egg to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add flour 1/4 cup at a time, until dough just starts to come together in a ball. (It will still be quite sticky, but you should be able to handle the dough with floured hands.)
  • With floured hands, transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 4-6 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place dough in a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a large flat rectangle (about 15x10 inches).
  • Spread softened butter all over the dough. Stir together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle all over the buttered dough.
  • Beginning with the long side of the rectangle, roll tightly to the opposite side and pinch the seam to seal.
  • Use a sharp knife (or use the dental floss trick!) to cut dough into 12 equal-sized sections.
  • Arrange cinnamon rolls cut-side-down in the buttered baking pan.
  • Cover tightly and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes until no longer doughy. Cool on wire rack at least 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the icing by whipping the butter (with a whisk or electric hand mixture) for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Mix in 2 cups powdered sugar.
  • Add hazelnut spread and salt and cream together until completely incorporated. Add remaining powdered sugar and milk, one tablespoon at a time, until icing is smooth and easily spreadable.
  • Spread icing over cinnamon rolls and serve.


Pro Tip: Add extra ground cinnamon to the filling if you're a spice-lover! 


Calories: 718kcal | Carbohydrates: 140g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 6mg