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Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls
By Dale Murphy on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:05am

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (110? to 115?), divided
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4-1/2 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa

FILLING:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup finely chopped nuts, optional

ICING:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Additional miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add the butter, sugar, salt and remaining water. Stir in 2-1/2 cups flour and cocoa. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease
top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle; brush with melted butter. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips and nuts if desired;
sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up each jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Cut each into 10 slices. Place cut side down in a greased
15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375? for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Spread over rolls while slightly warm; sprinkle with additional chocolate chips
if desired. Yield: 20 rolls.

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