Chocolate rolls with coffee icing

Chocolate rolls with coffee icing – Soft buttery brioche rolls filled with chocolate chips and drizzled with coffee cream cheese icing. Great at breakfast time with a cup of tea/coffee or even with some cold milk.

Soft buttery brioche rolls filled with chocolate and drizzled with coffee cream cheese icing. Great at breakfast time with a cup of tea/coffee or even with some cold milk. Recipe from

There’s something about cold weather and rolls.

I don’t make lots of cinnamon rolls, I’d rather make a loaf of bread but from time to time some rolls are called for. Last year I’ve made pumpkin cinnamon rolls and I’m pretty sure I’ve baked them at least ten times since. They are a must during the pumpkin season.

A while back I’ve made these cranberry chocolate brioche rolls and even if the road was a little bumpy, I got them exactly the way I wanted them.

Today we’re talking chocolate filled rolls with coffee icing. After all, there’s nothing wrong starting your day with some chocolate. If you ask me, I think that’s the best way to start every day. And the coffee icing, let’s just say it’s a double win. You get your chocolate and coffee intake in one soft brioche like roll.

Soft buttery brioche rolls filled with chocolate and drizzled with coffee cream cheese icing. Great at breakfast time with a cup of tea/coffee or even with some cold milk. Recipe from

Chocolate and coffee make a great combo. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should.

The rolls dough is a brioche like dough, very similar to the chocolate brioche rolls I’ve already shared with you. Then you fill it with chocolate (both chopped and chips) and when baked you dress them with a coffee cream cheese icing. Everything is combined perfectly making each bite irresistible, leaving you wanting more and more.

The idea of the chocolate-coffee rolls I got it from the “I love cinnamon rolls” cookbook which I received few weeks ago. I’ve changed everything about the recipe, just kept the combo idea.

If you like cinnamon rolls you should consider getting one. There are some wonderful ideas in there. Carrot cake cinnamon rolls, Pineapple upside down cinnamon rolls, Tarte-tatin cinnamon rolls, Szechuan pepper cinnamon rolls plus lots of traditional cinnamon rolls recipes. There are also lots of gluten-free and vegan rolls recipes.

It’s a really good book to have around when cinnamon rolls cravings take over.

Chocolate rolls with coffee icing

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 8 rolls

Chocolate rolls with coffee icing

Soft buttery brioche rolls filled with chocolate and drizzled with coffee cream cheese icing. Great at breakfast time with a cup of tea/coffee or even with some cold milk


  • 2 cups (240 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 4 tbsp (56 grams) melted butter
  • 6 oz (168 grams) chocolate (both chopped and chips)
  • 4 tbsp (56 grams) room temperature butter
  • 4 oz (113 grams) room temperature cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup (40 grams) powder sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 2-3 tsp lukewarm milk


  1. In a mixing bowl add the flour. Make a well in the middle and pour the 1/3 cup lukewarm milk in. Sprinkle the yeast on top of it and leave at room temperature until the yeast has dissolved and bubbles start to appear.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and eggs and, with the dough hook on, start mixing on low speed until the dough starts to come together and rolls around the dough hook.
  3. Increase the speed to low-to-medium and slowly pour the melted butter.
  4. When all the butter is incorporated increase the speed to maximum (on my mixer that is 12) and mix for 2-3 minutes. (at this point the dough is a sticky mess but, please, do not be tempted to add more flour, it will come together with a little patience)
  5. With a spatula clean the sides of the bowl and the hook and start mixing again for 2-3 more minutes.
  6. Clean and mix again. Do it for 3-4 more times until the dough starts to pull itself from the sides of the bowl and makes a slapping sound.
  7. Clean the sides of the bowl and the dough hook and place the dough into a buttered bowl.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature to rise until doubled in volume.
  9. When the dough is risen and doubled in volume, take it out of the bowl and roll it on a slightly floured surface.
  10. Brush it with the room temperature butter and sprinkle the chocolate all over it and roll, starting with the wide side.
  11. With a piece of thread or dental floss (unflavored) cut the roll into 8 rolls.
  12. Place the rolls into a cast iron pan or a 10" round pan.
  13. Cover again with plastic foil and leave to rise for the second time.
  14. In the meantime heat the oven to 375F.
  15. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden-brown on top.
  16. When the rolls are baked make the coffee icing.
  17. In a small bowl mix the cream cheese with the sugar and coffee powder and add enough milk to make it pour-able.
  18. Pour it over warm rolls and enjoy!

Soft buttery brioche rolls filled with chocolate and drizzled with coffee cream cheese icing. Great at breakfast time with a cup of tea/coffee or even with some cold milk. Recipe from

If you like these chocolate rolls you might also like

Overnight cinnamon rolls

overnight cinnamon rolls recipe 5

Chocolate coffee cupcakes with coffee buttercream frosting

Chocolate coffee cupcakes with coffee buttercream frosting

Chocolate swirl buns at Smitten Kitchen

Chocolate cinnamon rolls at Taste of Home

Chocolate rolls at Chocolate River

Strawberry chocolate rolls at Foodie

Sending love your way,


Linking this recipe to Heather’s Bake your own bread monthly event and Susan’s Yeastspotting

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  1. says

    Hmmmm, if I’ve had to give up coffee, I wonder if I can get around it with one of these. It seems worth a try to me, huh. They look amazing! (But your stuff always does.)

  2. Jackie says

    Oh my goodness! My co-workers and I are drooling over here. I can’t wait to try these. Thank you for the recipe. This has totally made this gloomy day full of sunshine for me!!!

  3. Food Stories says

    I love the chocolate/coffee combo … It’s been ages since I’ve made sweet rolls but I’m starting to get in the mood :-)

  4. The Contessa says

    My coffee-loving friends would love these. Others better stay out of the kitchen when I put them next to the coffee machine! Drop by my kitchen and post these on my Holiday Cooke Exchange. They would be a great addition!

  5. Joan@Chocolate and More says

    Roxana you always make the most delectable things! These rolls are just calling to me. I think these just might be on the menu Saturday morning!

  6. Suzanne Perazzini says

    Despite the fact that I don’t like coffee, these look amazing and could almost convert me over into the coffee world I hear so much about but don’t participate in.

  7. says

    Roxana… you inspire me to bake on your every single post! With your beautiful pictures, delicious baked goods, I just keep drooling! I want to have these for breakfast or snack or anytime. You family is so lucky! Last picture looks like an actual size… I feel like I can grab it! Love this chocolate rolls with coffee icing (great choice of icing!!!).

  8. says

    Rolls are lovely! I haven’t made much of them…but I’ve eaten quite a lot of them! What can I do? I love eating. When you add chocolate and coffee together, it’s a match made in nirvana. Om…

  9. Suzanne Platt (@YouMadeThatblog) says

    Roxana, you are the baking goddess!! I always love to come here and see your beautiful baked good and chocolate!! These rolls look so good the last photo got me, now I’m cleaning up the pool of drool on my keyboard :) xoxo

  10. says

    Oh wow! These sure look amazing! YUM! I must try them soon! … BTW … I have a link-up party every Friday where you can link up if you mention coffee… it seems your post meets the requirement ;) …. Hopefully I’ll see you there! YUM!

  11. Dionne Baldwin says

    Brioche like? Oh say no more. You had my at coffee icing. Cinnamon rolls are one of my absolute favorite things but I never make them. Way too labor intensive for me! But then again, when I have a sweet tooth going on…this might be perfect. I’ll have Taylor whip some up! Thank you for sharing this and I hope you are having a good weekend!

  12. says

    Wow! These look wonderful! It’s funny. I just posted a Chocolate Kugelhopf to Heather’s bread basket that is very much like the chocolate muffin … but without this decadent and wonderful coffee sugar sauce … oh, boy! What a treat!

    So glad you are taking over for Bake Your Own Bread! It is becoming one of my fave blog recipe shares! Happy 2013!

  13. Misty says

    I looked at all these comments and noticed that everyone praised them, but no one posted after baking them! Well I baked them yesterday, and let me say from first hand experience that these are WONDERFUL! While sprinkling the chocolate on the dough I thought it wasn’t going to be enough, but I was wrong! Not an overwhelmingly sweet roll it’s got just the right amount of chocolate to stop a craving. The icing has plenty of sugar for anyone who wants some added sweetness. The dough, was nothing short of silky and amazing. It baked up so fluffy and beautiful! I’m so happy these popped up on my Pinterest!

    Roxana you ROCK!


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