mini chocolate-cherry rolls

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. says

    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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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!

  4. Lora @cakeduchess says

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

  5. says

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

  6. says

    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

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