No-Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on April 21, 2011

I love cinnamon rolls. Actually, I love making cinnamon rolls. Kneading the dough, spreading the filling, rolling everything together. And breathing the luscious scent of cinnamon rolls baking to a golden brown in the oven. First thing in the morning.

Making Cinnamon Rolls is like therapy

Is there a better way to start out your day?

The only thing is that traditional cinnamon rolls require time. A lot of time. As in you have to make everything the night before. Well, that just won’t do some mornings when all I want is a cinnamon roll. I would kill for a cinnamon roll.

Don’t even think about getting in the way of a pregnant lady and her cravings.

No-Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Roll

So I scoured the interwebs and combined a few of the best no-rise cinnamon rolls to get this recipe. Even better than the best. At least I think so.

No-Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Roll

Of course, a sweet treat isn’t complete without a touch of chocolate. Just a hint lurking in the cinnamon filling. All topped off with a cream cheese frosting. Divine.


No-Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 roll

No-Rise Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dough
  • 2 cups flour {I used white whole wheat}
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese


    Chocolate-Cinnamon Filling
  1. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, sugars, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Dough
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degree. Spray an 8" x 8" or 9" x 9" pan with non-stick spray.
  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir in the melted butter and buttermilk to form a soft dough.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a well floured counter top. Knead 8 to 10 times, adding flour if necessary.
  7. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/3-inch thick and 12 inches long.
  8. Evenly spread the cinnamon-chocolate mixture on the dough and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
  9. Starting with the long end, roll the dough.
  10. Cut into 12 even slices and place cut side down on prepared pan.
  11. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly, then turn out onto a plate.
  12. Glaze
  13. While the rolls are cooling, combine the powdered sugar, buttermilk and cream cheese in a small bowl.
  14. Mix until smooth.
  15. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.

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{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Sweetest April 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Just the other day i was bragging to someone about how I don’t rally crave sweets anymore. You just ruined it.


2 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’m sorry? No, no, I’m not. ๐Ÿ˜‰


3 Jana@AnAttitudeAdjustment April 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Oh my frickin’ god.


4 Mommy Hates Cooking April 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I just posted about the Cinnamon Rolls in my fridge. I’ve never tried making them myself though, I’m going to have to try this recipe, looks perfect!


5 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

They are so easy! I hope you get a chance to try them.


6 Lotus Blu Mama April 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Wow! I need this in my belly NOW! Thanks for sharing, I now have a mission this weekend :)


7 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Oh sweet glory, those cinnamon rolls have my heart. I just linked up with my Chocolate Peanut Butter Sorbet Bombe.


8 Carol April 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

These cinnamon rolls look seriously delicious! I just linked up Coconut Pound Cake.


9 Martha April 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

MMM MMM MMMM must try those sometime! They look scrumptious! Have a great Easter weekend! Thanks for hosting!


10 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles April 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Cinnamon rolls – with chocolate?! Oh my goodness – I am so there!!


11 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I know! I can’t think of a better breakfast treat.


12 Evelyn April 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Oh my gosh, CHOCOLATE cinnamon rolls??? You’re an evil, evil genius!!!:-)


13 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Can you hear my evil genius laugh? ๐Ÿ˜‰


14 Betty @ scrambled henfruit April 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm

These cinnamon rolls look so good- I can almost taste that fork full of ooey gooey goodness! Thanks for hosting the linky! :)


15 Emily@SoDomesticated April 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Oooohh… these look good!


16 Martha (MM) April 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

YUM!! I think I’m going to have to add these to my Sunday Easter brunch! I’m your newest follower :-)


17 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Did you get a chance to try them? How did they turn out?


18 Anncoo April 22, 2011 at 3:57 am

Mmm…chocolate and cinnamon..a perfect combo that I would like to try it out for sure.
Happy Easter :)
Just linked up my Yuja (Korean Honey Citron Tea) Cheesecake.


19 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Your cheesecake sounds amazing. Hoping over to check it out.


20 Beverly April 22, 2011 at 6:03 am

That looks delicious, never thought about chocolate cinnamon rolls!


21 Marelie April 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

This is terribly and sinfully delicious…Im drooling… oh my! thanks for hosting.Just linked my Custard Yellow Cake Flan


22 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I’m so glad you stopped by and linked up! I hope to see you again next week.


23 Linda @ Lemon Drop April 22, 2011 at 7:25 am

These look fantastic ! thanks for sharing :) Nothing better than sticky cinnamon buns!


24 Miz Helen April 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi Alli,
Your rolls look amazing, I could just reach right out and have one right now. I am sharing my Marshmallow Cookies with you today. Thank you for hosting and have a very special week end!


25 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Thanks for stopping by and linking up!


26 Melissa April 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

I have cinnamon roll dough in my fridge right now. I’m definitely going to be adding chocolate chips to some of them today! :)


27 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Yum! Enjoy.


28 Eating in Winnipeg April 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

oh wow these buns look so so good! that would be great right now for breaky, thanks for sharing!


29 Maggie @ Vittles and Bits April 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

These look incredible! You got me at “chocolate” and “no-rise”!!


30 Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook April 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

AMAZING! Those are simply amazing!


31 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

Cinnamon rolls are an extreme weakness for me!!!!!!!!!!! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!


32 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Me too! It’s the one constant craving I’ve had my entire pregnancy.


33 Little Brick Ranch April 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

These look soooo good and I am happy they are no rise. Nothing is worse than having a craving for something then having to wait 4 hours to eat it!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

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34 Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) April 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hi Alli! Mmm- cinnamon rolls! I haven’t converted any recipes for those to gluten free yet- I’m afraid I would like them too much! I am sharing my recipe for Prune And Sour Cream Muffins. This recipe is gluten free, but could be made with “regular” flour if you don’t have an issue with gluten.
Thanks for hosting!


35 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks so much for linking up! I love browsing through GF recipes.


36 Janna April 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

You had me at “no-rise.” Seriously – I love baking with bread but yeast is my mortal enemy!! These look fantastic! Can’t wait to try.


37 Melissa Daams aka Cute Kitty Punk April 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

ooey meet gooey – yeah, i’m liking that!

chocolate and cinnamon – also great friends – can’t go wrong there. I’m linking up my bunny buns to your cinnamon rolls – we sweet rolls gotta stick together ๐Ÿ˜‰


38 Allison April 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks so much for linking up! I hope to see you again next week.


39 Julie April 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Cinnamon rolls with chocolate? YUM! Look forward to giving these a try!


40 Designs by Gollum April 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

What could be better than cinnamon and chocolate–and no rise! I’m looking forward to making these scrumptious rolls!


41 Allison April 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I would love to hear what you think of them!


42 Rachel - A Southern Fairytale April 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

My kids would love you for these.
My hips will hate you ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰



43 Sarah April 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

OMG! Can’t wait to try these! Chocolate + cinnamon rolls??? Can’t go wrong!


44 Crystal & Co April 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Um, yum! My kids would love me forever! :)


45 Bitterroot Mama April 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Those look delicious!


46 Candace April 28, 2011 at 8:19 am

I love that you’ve made these quick and easy for someone like me. The addition of chocolate? Inspired! They look fantastic. Great capture on the photos too. My mouth is watering. :)


47 Vanessa April 30, 2011 at 6:03 am

Oh my, those look SO delicious!!
Thank you so much again for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
I hope to see you again tomorrow!


48 Stephanie May 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm

This looks so yummy! I am going to feature it on Thursday!


49 Allison May 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Thank you so much for featuring my chocolate cinnamon rolls! I can’t wait to see the post.


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OMG! I have never had worse cinnamon rolls in my life. As I was making them, I noticed the dough was a bit weird, kind of dry, and a bit brittle. I followed the directions to a t and they turned out horrible. Dry, and flaky (not in a good way either) and the flavor was horrible as well. There is literally nothing good about this recipe. I am thoroughly disappointed.


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