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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time:

2 hours

Bake Time:

20 minutes

Total Time:

2.5 hours

Yields:

12-14 servings

Level:

Intermediate

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • ¾ cup whole milk plus ½ cup for basting

  • 2¼ teaspoons quick rise or instant yeast (¼-ounce package yeast)

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs, room temperature

  • ¼ cup salted butter, melted 

  • 3 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • ½ cup salted butter, very soft (almost melted)

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

  • ½ cup whole milk, room temperature


For the frosting:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup salted butter, softened

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Tools Needed

Stand Mixer

Hand Mixer

Thermometer

Baking Dish


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Preparation

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen and Tastes of Lizzy T


  1. Make the dough: Warm milk for dough on stovetop or in microwave (should be between 105℉ - 115℉). Transfer warm milk to the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle yeast on top. Add in sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Whisk together with a fork. 

  2. Add flour and salt and mix using the beater blade on stand mixer just until the ingredients are barely combined. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Scrape dough off blade with a rubber spatula and replace with hook and knead dough on medium speed for 5-7 minutes. Dough should be slightly sticky. 

  4. Transfer dough to a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow dough to rise for 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, or until doubled in size. 

  5. Make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine the soft butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, mixing until well combined. Set aside.

  6. After dough has doubled in size, transfer dough to a well-floured surface and roll out into a 14x9 inch rectangle. 

  7. Use a rubber spatula to smooth the cinnamon filling over the whole dough rectangle. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

  8. Starting at one of the 9-inch ends, begin rolling the dough. Make sure to roll the dough tightly and evenly.

  9. Cut roll into 1 inch sections with a serrated knife or floss. Place in a greased 9×13 inch baking pan, and cover the pan with plastic wrap. Allow the rolls to rise for 30 minutes or until nearly doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375℉.

  10. Once the rolls have risen, pour the milk for filling over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls.

  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Allow to cool for a few minutes until warm but no longer hot.

  12. Make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Blend until fluffy.

  13. Add in maple syrup and powdered sugar, and mix until well combined and smooth.

  14. Spread the frosting over the warm rolls, and enjoy.

Tags

Dessert, Breakfast

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