Decadent Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with a Hint of Espresso: The Ultimate Comfort Dessert with a Twist

Indulge in the unique and irresistible fusion of flavors with our Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls infused with Espresso. This delightful recipe combines the comforting warmth of cinnamon rolls with the rich, bold notes of chocolate and espresso, creating a sophisticated twist on a classic treat. Perfectly soft and fluffy, each roll is a bite of heaven that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and coffee cravings alike.

Why You’ll Love This:

These Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls are a perfect blend of sweet and spicy with a caffeinated kick, making them a standout treat. The addition of espresso enhances the chocolate’s richness, while the cinnamon adds a spicy warmth that’s comforting and familiar. The texture is soft and pillowy, and the creamy glaze with a hint of coffee is the icing on the cake—literally! These rolls are not just tasty but also evoke a cozy, indulgent experience that’s hard to replicate.

Perfect Occasion:

These rolls are ideal for a brunch party, a special breakfast treat, or as a dessert at a gathering where you want to impress. They are especially perfect for coffee lovers and those who adore rich, flavorful pastries. Serve them at your next book club meeting, family brunch, or even as a sweet end to a dinner party.

Decoration Tips:

For an extra touch of elegance, drizzle the rolls with a bit more warm espresso glaze right before serving. Sprinkle finely grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder on top for a beautiful contrast. If you’re feeling festive, a light sprinkle of edible gold dust can elevate these rolls into a luxurious treat that dazzles on any dessert table.


  • Dough:
    • 13g instant yeast
    • 240g milk, warm
    • 115g water, warm
    • 40g softened butter
    • 50g sugar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 540g all-purpose flour (more if the dough is sticky)
    • 1 large egg
  • Filling:
    • 55g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 100g packed brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
    • 100g shaved chocolate pieces
  • Glaze:
    • 75g powdered sugar
    • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 55g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
    • 1 tbsp heavy cream


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together warm milk, water, and yeast. Add flour, sugar, salt, butter, and egg to a stand mixer. Knead until smooth and elastic.
    • Let the dough rise in a covered bowl until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  2. Make the Filling:
    • Combine cinnamon, brown sugar, and espresso powder in a small bowl. Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
  3. Assemble the Rolls:
    • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10×15 inch rectangle.
    • Spread the room temperature butter over the dough. Evenly sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar-espresso mixture, followed by chocolate pieces.
    • Roll the dough into a log and slice into approximately 12 pieces.
    • Place the rolls in a greased 9×13 inch baking pan, cover, and let rise again until puffy, about 1 hour.
  4. Baking:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes until they are lightly golden.
  5. Prepare the Glaze:
    • Warm the heavy cream and dissolve the instant coffee in it.
    • In a separate bowl, blend cream cheese and butter until smooth. Whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar.
    • Gradually mix in the coffee cream until the glaze is smooth.
  6. Finishing Touches:
    • Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls before serving.

Enjoy these luxuriously comforting Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with a hint of espresso, perfect for making any occasion a little more special!

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