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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!

Ingredients

For the cinnamon rolls:

For the frosting:

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!