Puff Pastry Hack: Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Image source: Elizabeth Stark
Image source: Elizabeth Stark

With their warm, stretchy dough, fragrant cinnamon, and sweet icing fresh cinnamon rolls are a wonderful treat. Traditional cinnamon roll dough requires proofing yeast and a lengthy rise time, not to mention rolling and forming the dough. Happily, store-bought puff pastry dough subs in beautifully, meaning you can have a delicious batch of cinnamon rolls in minutes!

Making cinnamon rolls at home also let me be free to play with flavors — and naturally, I opted to add a little chocolate to the mix. Chocolate and cinnamon are a natural match and make for wonderfully rich cinnamon buns that are just right for a celebratory brunch or dessert.

Puff Pastry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Makes: 12 servings


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup turbinado or white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk


  1.  Preheat oven to 400 F. Brush the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with melted butter.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Line a work surface with parchment and unroll both sheets of puff pastry. Brush all over with remaining melted butter and then lightly press chocolate mixture into the sheets.
  4. Create a small fold along the edge of each sheet, and roll. Slice each roll into six equal segments.

    Image source: Elizabeth Stark
    Image source: Elizabeth Stark
  5. Place a sliced roll into each of the buttered muffin cups.
  6. Slide into oven and bake 22-27 minutes, or until cinnamon rolls are a rich golden brown and filling is bubbling. Let rolls cool for 30-45 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk, and stir until smooth. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls, remove from muffin cups, and serve.

    Image source: Elizabeth Stark
    Image source: Elizabeth Stark
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