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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

 

There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls straight out of the oven. In this version, we’re kicking those warm delights up a notch by choosing a decadent red velvet flavor—an ideal option for a sweet breakfast or indulgent dessert.  

 DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbs. cocoa powder
  • .6oz instant yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup red liquid food color
  • 5 tbs. butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour

DOUGH INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine water, food color and butter. Microwave until warm. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl with a paddle, combine first flour, sugar, cocoa powder, yeast and salt.

3. Add warm liquid mixture into the dry mixture in the mixing bowl. 

4. Add egg, beat for two minutes.

5. Change mixer attachment to dough hook. Add 2.5 - 3 cups flour slowly, until a dough ball forms and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

6. Knead with the dough hook on a medium speed for one to two minutes. 

7. Remove the dough from mixer, wrap the top of the bowl in plastic wrap and allow it to proof until your dough doubles in size and is soft to the touch. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, this will take 30 - 90 minutes. While your dough is proofing, you can make your filling.

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tbs. soft butter

FILLING DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients until a smooth, spreadable paste forms. You may need to warm it up just a little if your butter is too cold. 

CINNAMON ROLL DIRECTIONS:

1. Once your dough has proofed, pour it out onto a flat, floured surface. At this time, you should also prepare your baking dish or pan and spray with pan spray.

2. With your rolling pin, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 1/8 of an inch thick. 

3. Spread your filling mixture over the rectangle evenly with a spatula. 

4. Starting with the long edge, roll up the dough. 

5. With a sharp knife, cut into 1.5-inch sections.

6. Place the sections cut side up into a prepared baking pan. The unbaked cinnamon rolls should not touch each other before baking. Do not overpack your baking dish.

7. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 - 60 minutes or until they have doubled in size. After they rise, they should be touching each other and the sides of the pan.

8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake 15 - 30 minutes, or until the cinnamon rolls start to get a light golden-brown edge. If checking with a thermometer, you want your rolls to be between 190- and 200-degrees F inside. 

9. Once they have baked, you can top them with whatever you like! A cream cheese icing, chocolate sauce drizzle or otherwise.

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