A 5 ingredient dough makes these chocolate cinnamon buns fast, easy, soft, and fluffy. The perfect treat for lazy weekend mornings!
Total Cost: $6.29 recipe / $0.52 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
2.5cupsall-purpose flour $0.26
4tspbaking powder $0.16
1pintheavy whipping cream $3.49
CHOCOLATE CINNAMON FILLING
1/2cupbrown sugar $0.16
1/2cupmilk chocolate chips $0.44
1.25cupspowdered sugar $0.25
1Tbspunsweetened cocoa powder $0.04
1/2tspvanilla extract $0.42
In a large bowl stir together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder until evenly combined. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and stir until a dough forms.
Dust a clean work surface with flour and turn the dough out onto the surface. Work the dough slightly, if needed, to make it cohesive, smooth, and evenly mixed. Avoid kneading the dough. Form the dough into a small rectangle with your hands, then use a rolling pin to flatten and enlarge the dough into a 9x16" rectangle. Make sure the work surface is well floured as you roll to prevent the dough from sticking.
Begin to preheat the oven to 400ºF. To make the chocolate cinnamon filling, place the butter in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and then heat more, in 15 second intervals, until completely melted. Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture over the surface of the rolled dough, from edge to edge. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Roll the dough up, working from one long side to the other, so you have a 16" long roll. Use a very sharp knife, thread, or floss to cut the roll into 12 equal sized pieces. Coat the inside of a casserole dish or pie plate with non-stick spray (or butter), then arrange the cut chocolate cinnamon buns in the dish. The pieces should be close and touching slightly, but not squeezed together.
Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top (the total cooking time will depend on the dish and how many buns you're cooking at once). Allow the buns to cool.
While cooling, prepare the chocolate glaze. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl and add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and milk. Stir the ingredients until they form a thick, chocolatey glaze. Once the buns are mostly cooled, drizzle the glaze over top and enjoy.