Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

This fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls recipe makes some pillowy and gooey rolls, filled with fudgy Nutella and cinnamon, and topped with a soft cream cheese frosting.

Be warned! they’re highly addictive!

Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients you’ll need to make these Nutella Rolls

Here’s a full list of ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Instant Active yeast. Instant active yeast ramps up quicker than active dry yeast, so it makes for a shorter process.
  • Warm milk. It’s used to activate the yeast, making it rise more swiftly
  • Flour. All-purpose flour is used, measured using a spoon, scooping the flour into your measuring cup without compacting it, then using the back of a knife to level it
  • Brown sugar. I used brown sugar instead of white sugar to sweeten the buns because I’ve found it gives a better taste to the rolls.
  • Salt. To enhance the flavors.
  • Unsalted butter. It’s used either melted or softened.
  • Egg. At room temperature for a better mixing process
  • Ground cinnamon. To spice up the rolls
  • Nutella. You can use Nutella or any other hazelnut spread of your choice similar to Nutella
  • Powdered sugar. To sweeten the cream cheese frosting
  • Cream cheese. Needs to be at room temperature to avoid lumps in your frosting
  • Vanilla extract. Good quality vanilla extract goes a long way!

Take a look at the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements and full recipe.

Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

How to make this fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls recipe

Start by mixing the yeast and the milk in a small bowl, and let it sit for 10 minutes. It should be frothy after the yeast is activated. Make sure milk is warm and not hot! (About 105 F) If it’s too hot, let it cool before adding it to the flour mixture.

In a separate bowl mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, melted butter and egg and yolk. Add the yeast mixture and mix with the dough hook attachment in a bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the bowl and mix

Start adding the remaining flour, first 1 cup, then mixing, then adding the second and last cup. Mix in medium speed for around 10 minutes, until dough is sticky and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. It will start to form a ball.

*By hand: transfer to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Form it into a ball

Make the “windowpane test”: take a small piece of dough and stretch it between your fingers; if the dough stretches out and gets translucent without breaking, it’s elastic enough and ready. 

Place in a well greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a kitchen towel. Pre heat your oven to 200 F. Turn off and place the covered dough and let rise until doubled. About 1 hour

Punch down the dough to let the air bubbles out. Place in a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 12 x 18” large rectangle using a rolling pin. Make sure you don’t add too much flour to your dough when rolling it, or you could end up with tough, dry cinnamon rolls

Spread the butter for the filling, leaving an inch of border on the sides. Sprinkle cinnamon on top, then spread the Nutella, leaving an inch of border as well.

Starting on the long edge, start rolling your dough very tightly. Pinch seam with your fingers to seal the bottom edge

Slice dough into 12 even rolls using unflavored dental floss, a very sharp knife or a serrated knife. I like cutting it in the middle, then cut in half each log, then into 3, until 12 equal pieces are formed.

Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray, then place the sliced rolls in your pan, making sure they’re not touching each other and the tails of the rolls are placed one in front of the other. Cover with a cloth loosely and let rise a second time for one hour, until doubled in size.

Pre heat your oven to 350 F. Bake your cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.

In the meantime, make the frosting. Mix all of the ingredients using the whisk attachment until fluffy. Spread on top of your rolls and enjoy!

Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to use fresh yeast, and not an expired one.
  • If you don’t own a thermometer to measure the milk temperature, you can warm it until it’s warm but should not burn your fingers when touching it. If you heated the milk more than necessary, let it cool before adding the yeast
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place. I pre-heat my oven to 200 F and turn it off, then place the dough inside for better results
  • Make sure you don’t add too much flour to your dough when rolling it, or you could end up with tough, dry cinnamon rolls
  • Try adding some chocolate chips along with the Nutella for extra indulgent rolls!
  • Warm rolls taste infinitely better than cold ones! so dig in as soon as you can
Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

How to store leftover Nutella Cinnamon rolls

These rolls have a cream cheese frosting, which means they should be refrigerated.

Store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Before serving, warm them for a few seconds in the microwave and enjoy!

You can also store these at room temperature in an airtight container unfrosted, for up to 2 days. Add frosting right before serving.

Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Can I freeze homemade Cinnamon rolls?

Homemade cinnamon rolls can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Thaw and warm before serving!

Can I prepare the dough the night before and bake them the morning after?

Although the second rise will take longer, you can make these and store to bake the next day.

Make your rolls as directed. When the rolls are already in your pan and ready for the second rise, cover them tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

The next morning take them out of the fridge, partially unwrap them and let them rise until they double their size; it will take longer than normal, since the dough is cold.

Bake as directed and enjoy warm!

Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Here’s a video of these Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon rolls, so you can see up-close how fluffy and decadent these are.

Take a look at the links below for more Nutella recipes, or click here for more Breakfast recipes.

Easy Nutella Ice Cream

Homemade Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella filling

Nutella filled Biscuit Bites

Hazelnut Nutella Knots

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Fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

This fluffy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls recipe makes some pillowy and gooey rolls, filled with fudgy Nutella and cinnamon, and topped with a soft cream cheese frosting.
Be warned! they're highly addictive!
Prep Time30 mins
Rise time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make nutella rolls, Maria Corcuera, nutella cinnamon rolls, nutella rolls, nutella rolls recipe, sweet fix baker
Servings: 12 rolls
Author: Maria Corcuera

Ingredients

Rolls

  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Instant Active yeast 1 packet
  • 1 1/4 Cup Warm milk 105 F
  • 4 Cups all-purpose flour Divided in 2 cups and 2 cups
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 Egg yolk room temperature

Nutella Filling

  • 7 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon ground
  • 2/3 Cup Nutella

Cream Cheese frosting

  • 1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 8 Ounces Cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Start by mixing the yeast and the milk in a small bowl, and let it sit for 10 minutes. It should be frothy after the yeast is activated. Make sure milk is warm and not hot! (About 105 F) If it’s too hot, let it cool before adding it to the flour mixture.
    2 1/2 teaspoon Instant Active yeast, 1 1/4 Cup Warm milk
  • In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, melted butter and egg and yolk. Add the yeast mixture and mix with the dough hook attachment in a bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the bowl and mix
    4 Cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 Cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, 1 egg room temperature, 1 Egg yolk room temperature
  • Start adding the remaining flour, first 1 cup, then mixing, then adding the second and last cup. Mix in medium speed for around 10 minutes, until dough is sticky and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. It will start to form a ball.
    *By hand: transfer to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Form it into a ball
  • Make the “windowpane test”: take a small piece of dough and stretch it between your fingers; if the dough stretches out and gets translucent without breaking, it’s elastic enough and ready. 
    Place in a well greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a kitchen towel. Pre heat your oven to 200 F. Turn off and place the covered dough and let rise until doubled. About 1 hour
  • Punch down the dough to let the air bubbles out. Place in a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 12 x 18” large rectangle using a rolling pin. Make sure you don’t add too much flour to your dough when rolling it, or you could end up with tough, dry cinnamon rolls
    Spread the butter for the filling, leaving an inch of border on the sides. Sprinkle cinnamon on top, then spread the Nutella, leaving an inch of border as well.
    Starting on the long edge, start rolling your dough very tightly. Pinch seam with your fingers to seal the bottom edge
    Slice dough into 12 even rolls using unflavored dental floss, a very sharp knife or a serrated knife. I like cutting it in the middle, then cut in half each log, then into 3, until 12 equal pieces are formed.
    7 Tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 2/3 Cup Nutella
  • Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray, then place the sliced rolls in your pan, making sure they're not touching each other and the tails of the rolls are placed one in front of the other. Cover with a cloth loosely and let rise a second time for one hour, until doubled in size.
    Pre heat your oven to 350 F. Bake your cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.
    In the meantime, make the frosting. Mix all of the ingredients using the whisk attachment until fluffy. Spread on top of your rolls and enjoy!
    1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar, 8 Ounces Cream cheese, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon salt

Video

Notes

  • Make sure to use fresh yeast, and not an expired one.
  • If you don’t own a thermometer to measure the milk temperature, you can warm it until it’s warm but should not burn your fingers when touching it. If you heated the milk more than necessary, let it cool before adding the yeast
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place. I pre-heat my oven to 200 F and turn it off, then place the dough inside for better results
  • Make sure you don’t add too much flour to your dough when rolling it, or you could end up with tough, dry cinnamon rolls
  • Try adding some chocolate chips along with the Nutella for extra indulgent rolls!
  • Warm rolls taste infinitely better than cold ones! so dig in as soon as you can

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