Halloween Cinnamon Rolls

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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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