Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Morning Cocoa Rolls

If you love chocolate--and what's not to love--these are THE rolls for you! They were delicious! I loved that I could make them the night before and let them rise in the fridge. Next time I will try the dough in the bread machine--don't know why I didn't try that this time. They were easy to make and since the girls were home the weekend I made them, they gave them thumbs up!

Morning Cocoa Rolls

Crazy delicious chocolate breakfast rolls! Second rise can be done overnight in the fridge for make-ahead overnight rolls.  (Beth did this)Recipe can be doubled for 2 pans of rolls

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 1/2 cups flour

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt, along with oil.(Beth mixed the warm water and yeast together and let sit for a few minutes.  Then I added the sugar, salt and oil) Let sit five minutes. Stir in the half cup of cocoa powder and the first cup and a half of flour with a heavy spoon. Add more flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to continue stirring easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually, about an hour.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again. Roll out onto a floured surface into an approximately 9 x 12 rectangle.

Filling:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 tsp cinnamon(Beth's addition)
chocolate chips
chopped pecans


Brush dough with melted butter. Combine sugar and cocoa powder; generously spoon onto dough, taking care to get right up to the edges.  Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over this. Roll dough up and seal seams. How many rolls you get will depend on how you cut the slices. I cut them about an inch thick to get 12 rolls. Place rolls in a large greased pan. Let rise 30 minutes to an hour, until doubled. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 20-30 minutes. (How thick you cut your slices will vary your baking time, so keep an eye on ‘em!)

Powdered Sugar Icing:
Combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk (two to four teaspoons) for drizzling consistency. Drizzle over baked rolls.

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