Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls are the cinnamon rolls that you always dreamed of as a kid. Flaky, sweet dough is rolled up with butter, warm cinnamon and gooey chocolate chips. A big swoosh of decadent cream cheese frosting across the top, and you have cinnamon roll bliss!

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls - KJ & Company

Growing up, I would always sit at the kitchen table at my Grandma’s house while she would be baking away. Pulling out her wooden cutting board from the countertop (you know, the ones that actually pull out flat from the counter top and then slide back in), she would dust it with flour and get to work. Right before she was about to roll the cinnamon rolls up into rounds of perfection, she would ask me, “Chocolate chips or raisins?” As a kid, and ok, still today, my answer would ALWAYS be chocolate chips. Knowing that my Grandpa was sitting at the other end of the table smiling under his big glasses, a steaming cup of coffee and a newspaper, my Grandma would put chocolate chips on half of the dough, and raisins on the other half. Grandpa loved raisins, and I loved chocolate chips. You better believe I was double-checking my roll before digging in to make sure I didn’t get a raisin roll. So, my love for chocolate chip cinnamon rolls began.

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls - KJ & Company

The aroma of chocolate and warm cinnamon will fill your house as these bake away. There are two ways that you can go about frosting these cinnamon rolls. Firstly, you can frost them right after they come out of the oven. The frosting will melt and turn into a shiny glaze that coats every nook and cranny of the roll. Secondly, if you have the patience, you can let the rolls cool before you frost them. This will result in a cloud of creamy frosting nestled on top of a soft cinnamon roll. Either way you like it, they are hard to resist!

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Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls - KJ & Company

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls are the cinnamon rolls that you always dreamed of as a kid. Flaky, sweet dough is rolled up with butter, warm cinnamon and gooey chocolate chips. A big swoosh of decadent cream cheese frosting across the top, and you have cinnamon roll bliss!

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

For the cinnamon rolls:

  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons), plus 4 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks total)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

For the Cinnamon Rolls:

  1. In a small bowl, gently whisk together the yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar and warm water together until just combined. Set aside to let the yeast activate for a few minutes. Meanwhile, add 1 stick of butter to a saucepan over medium-low heat. When it is almost fully melted (and not browning) pour in the milk and stir to combine. Be careful to not let the milk boil. After the butter is completely melted and the milk warmed through, pour it into a separate bowl or dish to let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and 1/2 a cup of the sugar. While you are whisking, slowly pour in the cooled butter and milk mixture, being careful that it still isn’t too hot so that you don’t curdle the eggs. Whisk in the activated yeast until just combined.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold in the flour into the wet ingredients until a dough ball forms and all the flour is incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm area, such as a stovetop or warm sunlight, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The dough should be about double in size.
  4. After the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Flour a surface to roll the dough out onto to. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large oval/rectangle shape about 1/2 inch thick. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Brush the rolled out dough with the melted butter, saving a little bit of the butter to brush the tops of the rolls with. Evenly spread the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar over the top of the melted butter, followed by the cinnamon and chocolate chips. 
  5. Starting at one end of the rolled out dough, fold it over itself and then start to evenly roll the dough into log until you get to the other end. Use a sharp knife to cut the cinnamon rolls, about a couple inches wide each.Place the cinnamon rolls pretty face-side up in a greased 9×13 baking pan. The cinnamon rolls will bake out and fill the pan, so don’t worry if you have open spaces. Gently brush the tops of the cinnamon rolls with the little bit of melted butter leftover. 
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are slightly golden brown and the dough is cooked through.

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract until just combined.
  2. Working with a cup at a time and the mixer speed on low, add in the powdered sugar until completely combined and a smooth frosting forms, about a few minutes.
  3. Generously frost the tops of the cinnamon rolls with the frosting. Enjoy!
Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls - KJ & Company
Frosted Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls - KJ & Company

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