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!
Here’s a full list of ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:
Take a look at the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements and full 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!
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.
Homemade cinnamon rolls can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Thaw and warm before serving!
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!
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.
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