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
Dough
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

Filling
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.

Hi, I’m Laura and welcome to Tutti Dolci, a baking and desserts blog celebrating all things sweet. Featuring beautiful, approachable recipes for everyday and entertaining, I love to put my own twist on classic desserts and inspire a passion for baking.

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43 comments

  1. 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. 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!

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

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

  5. 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

  6. I noticed that you heat the liquids in your recipes to 120-130 degrees. Isn’t that too warm and will kill the yeast? I have heard that lukewarm liquids work better. Your recipes are wonderful and would like to try them, but worry about the temperature.

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