mini chocolate-cherry rolls

May 20, 2013

in Breads & Quick Breads

Sweet rolls were the first type of bread I ever learned to bake, and remain my favorite. When I spotted a black forest loaf at a local bakery, I quickly decided to transform the idea into mini chocolate-cherry rolls. Sweetened with honey, a blend of black cocoa and unsweetened cocoa gives the rolls a deep chocolate flavor.

Mini Chocolate-Cherry Rolls | Tutti Dolci

Each bun is studded with chewy dried cherries and chunks of milk and dark chocolate; a sprinkle of cinnamon adds warmth and complements the chocolate beautifully. Serve warm with a side of Mascarpone for a delightful breakfast!

Mini Chocolate-Cherry Rolls | Tutti Dolci

Mini Chocolate-Cherry Rolls
3/4 cup warm low-fat milk (120-130°F)
1 package Red Star PLATINUM Yeast
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups King Arthur Bread Flour, divided
1/2 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbsp King Arthur black cocoa
1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
2 ounces TCHO milk chocolate discs, chopped
2 ounces TCHO dark chocolate discs, chopped
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine warm milk and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater; let stand 5 minutes. Mix in butter, honey, egg, vanilla, and salt until combined. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups bread flour, white whole wheat flour, and cocoas in a medium bowl. Add to butter mixture and mix until combined. Gradually add remaining 3/4 cup bread flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until dough feels tacky but doesn’t stick to your fingers.

Switch out the flat beater for a dough hook, and knead dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic (you may need to add additional bread flour, 1 tablespoon at a time – I added 3 additional tablespoons). The dough is ready when it pulls away from bottom of the mixer bowl. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray and cover with plastic. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

To check if dough has doubled, lightly flour two fingers and press them down into center of dough. If indentations remain, gently press down dough; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide dough into two equal pieces; place one piece on a lightly floured board and roll into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle (keep remaining piece covered). Brush with melted butter, then top with 1/3 cup cherries, 2 ounces chopped chocolate, and 1/8 tsp cinnamon, leaving a 1/4-inch border.

Roll dough up into a tight log and pinch edges to seal. Trim off uneven ends and use a sharp knife to slice crosswise into 18 equal slices. Place rolls cut side up in a mini muffin pan coated with nonstick spray. Cover with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Repeat with second piece of dough and remaining filling. (Alternatively, place rolls cut side up into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish for the second rise.)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before serving. Wrap leftover rolls well and store at room temperature up to 2 days; serve warm.

Yield – 36 rolls (serving size: 1 roll)
Calories – 100
Carbs – 15

Disclosure: King Arthur Flour and TCHO generously provided me with products for recipe development. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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1 The Café Sucre Farine May 20, 2013

Laura, you come up with the best stuff! I think YOU need to have the local bakery!


2 Valerie May 20, 2013

Nothing like a trip to the bakery to stir up creativity! These rolls look heavenly!!


3 Carol | a cup of mascarpone May 20, 2013

I love the combination of chocolate and cherries together! These are lovely, Laura!


4 Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 20, 2013

Could this look anymore heavenly? Seriously this looks incredible.


5 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar May 20, 2013

They look great! I made a chocolate brioche some time ago and I remember it was delightful.
We don’t have cherries yet, but I’m looking forward to the season to start cooking these delicious desserts :-)

Bon appétit!


6 Maria@PinkPatisserie May 20, 2013

Oh this looks lovely.. I love those flavors too. What a great idea!


7 Sue/the view from great island May 20, 2013

I still haven’t taken on the sweet roll challenge, but these are tempting me to give it a try. I’ve been dying to try that black cocoa powder, I’m going to order some!


8 Cookin Canuck May 20, 2013

You have outdone yourself with these sweet rolls. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, but cherry and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations.


9 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today May 20, 2013

Perfect combination. And looks definitely too good.


10 Jennifer @ Delicieux May 20, 2013

I love chocolate and cherry, these sweet rolls look fantastic!


11 Lizzy (Good Things) May 20, 2013

Lordy, this looks and sounds delicious!


12 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings May 20, 2013

Molto delicioso! Tres delicieux! Your mini rolls are making me speak in tasty tongues! LOL! Have a good week ahead, Laura :)


13 ashley - baker by nature May 20, 2013

Chocolate and cherries together excite me! These rolls = heaven.


14 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 20, 2013

What a perfect combination and a perfectly delicious bite! This is my kind of roll!


15 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme May 20, 2013

What a fabulous combination! These look incredible!


16 Rosa May 21, 2013

So tempting! Your rolls look really good and that falvor combination is awesome.




17 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 21, 2013

I love the idea of serving these with mascarpone on the side :) Yum.


18 Tracy | peanut butter and onions May 21, 2013

They are like little choc buns from heven


19 claire (@realnutritioncg) May 21, 2013



20 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 21, 2013

Laura these are gorgeous! You don’t see too many chocolate, yeast-based recipes, period – and the fact that these are beautiful little rolls, even better! Pinned!


21 Deb May 21, 2013

My husband adores chocolate and often muses about it’s absence at breakfast. Your dazzling Mini Chocolate Cheery Rolls are a perfect solution for his morning chocolate wishes!


22 Nancy/SpicieFoodie May 21, 2013

Swoon! Oh these look fantastic Laura. Thanks for sharing:)


23 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 21, 2013

When I was reading about these I was wondering why I haven’t seen these everywhere at every bakery. I mean they sound so delicious! :D


24 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts May 21, 2013

These look wonderful! If you are making these now, I can’t wait to see what you make for the #chocolateparty in June!


25 Lora @cakeduchess May 21, 2013

I just love chocolate and cherries together. Gorgeous chocolate discs:) I would have a difficult time stopping at one…


26 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 21, 2013

How beautiful are these?! They look so rich and decadent.


27 Patty May 21, 2013

Love the combination of chocolate and cherries in a breakfast roll;-). Beautiful mini rolls Laura ;-)


28 Terra May 21, 2013

OH MY GOODNESS I am in love! What a fabulous recipe, and they look amazing:-) Hugs, Terra


29 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 21, 2013

Amazing! Now can you deliver these so I can have them for breakfast tomorrow?


30 steph@stephsbitebybite May 22, 2013

Chocolate rolls? My mouth is watering!


31 Liz May 22, 2013

Everything you bake is so picture perfect…these lovely rolls included! I want to reach right through the screen and have one for breakfast :)


32 Kiran @ May 22, 2013

Amazing! I want this for breakfast, every day :)


33 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 22, 2013

These rolls are so gorgeous, Laura! What a great treat for brunching, and I love the flavor combination with chocolate and cherry. Totally swooning over these little cuties!


34 Anne@FromMySweetHeart May 22, 2013

Oh Laura….these are beautiful rolls! Chocolate and cherry, such a sweet combo….and the idea of a schmear of mascarpone is divine! : )


35 Abbe@This is How I Cook May 22, 2013

I used to buy a chocolate cherry bread and toast it for breakfast. These look similar but a whole lot better! Thanks for reminding me!


36 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 23, 2013

These are so cute! I saw them on IG or somewhere and remember aww-ing a little. Which is kind of silly. I mean… they’re rolls! But awesome rolls. And I love the addition of cherries!


37 Shannon @ Pretty Plain Janes May 23, 2013

Wow! These look beyond incredible!! I always run scared where yeasts are involved- but I am dying to give these a shot! So beautiful!


38 sara May 23, 2013

SO pretty! These look super delicious! :)


39 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 23, 2013

You always come up with fun delicious recipes. What’s going to happen if we use fresh cherries? Sorry I sometimes don’t know how fresh and dried ingredients make a difference. Does fresh one have too much moisture that might ruin the dough? I have lots of questions when it comes to baking… =P


40 Suzanne May 26, 2013

These make my mouth water, what a great idea. Now that the cherries are here this could be done with fresh cherries too, how divine.


41 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) May 30, 2013

These rolls look fabulous! Your family is so lucky to be able to enjoy all the treats you bake… :)



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