Halloween Cinnamon Rolls

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Get ready to sink your teeth into the spookiest, yummiest Halloween cinnamon rolls ever!

Why These Halloween Cinnamon Rolls are Spooktacular:

  • Dark Chocolate Delight: Made with black cocoa powder, these rolls are filled with a brown sugar black cocoa filling and frosted with black cocoa cream cheese frosting. Every bite is bursting with rich chocolate flavor!
  • Sinisterly Black: The dough, filling, and frosting are all infused with black cocoa powder. Want them even darker? Add a few drops of black gel food coloring. Top with black, orange, green, and purple sprinkles and candy eyeballs for extra Halloween vibes! They’re the ultimate Halloween breakfast treat!
  • Super Soft: These rolls are like little pillows of doughy, buttery, sweet chocolatey goodness.
  • Spooky Fun: Making these rolls is a blast! While they take a bit of time, the process is half the fun. Working with yeast dough is so satisfying, and seeing it rise and transform into delicious treats is truly rewarding. These rolls are the perfect Halloween morning bake and a ton of fun!

Halloween Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proofing Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 12 rolls


  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk warmed to about 110°F
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar to bloom the yeast
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • ¾ cup black cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter very softened
  • Black gel food coloring optional
  • ½ cup unsalted butter very softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 6 tablespoons black cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream for pouring in between the rolls
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter very softened
  • 6 oz cream cheese cold
  • ½ cup black cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Black gel food coloring optional
  • Candy eyeballs and Halloween sprinkles optional


  • Bloom your yeast by mixing active dry yeast, sugar, and warm milk together. Let it sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, black cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, softened butter, and yeast mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Add black food coloring for an extra-dark dough.
  • Knead the dough with a dough hook attachment for 7-10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1-1 ½ hours until doubled in size.
  • Make the filling by mixing butter, brown sugar, black cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Roll out the dough into a rectangle, spread the filling, then roll it up and slice into 12 rolls.
  • Place the rolls in a greased baking dish, pour heavy cream between them, and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes.
  • Make the cream cheese frosting by mixing softened butter, cream cheese, black cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and milk. Add black food coloring if desired.
  • Let the rolls cool for 5 minutes, then spread the frosting on top. Decorate with candy eyeballs and Halloween sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!

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