Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

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May 18, 2024

Are you a fan of both red velvet and cinnamon rolls? Why not combine the two for an irresistible treat? Our Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect fusion of rich, velvety cocoa and the classic cinnamon swirl, topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting. Follow this easy recipe to create a mouth-watering dessert that will impress your family and friends.


Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • Add sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the yeast mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually add this to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
  • Add red food coloring and knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

2. Prepare the Filling:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon until well combined.

3. Assemble the Rolls:

  • Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface into a large rectangle (about 16×12 inches).
  • Spread the cinnamon filling evenly over the dough.
  • Starting from the longer side, roll the dough tightly into a log. Cut the log into 12 even slices.

4. Bake the Rolls:

  • Place the rolls in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.

5. Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • While the rolls are baking, make the frosting by beating together cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk, beating until smooth and spreadable.

6. Frost and Serve:

  • Once the rolls are out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes before spreading the cream cheese frosting over them.
  • Serve warm and enjoy the heavenly combination of red velvet and cinnamon!

Serving and Storage Tips for Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

After baking and frosting your delectable Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls, it’s essential to know how to serve and store them to maintain their freshness and flavor. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your delicious creation:

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve Warm: Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls are best enjoyed warm. The cream cheese frosting melts slightly over the warm rolls, creating a gooey, irresistible treat. If the rolls have cooled down, reheat them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before serving.
  2. Garnish for Extra Flair: For a special touch, sprinkle crushed nuts, chocolate shavings, or a dusting of powdered sugar over the frosted rolls. Fresh berries or a drizzle of caramel sauce can also add an extra layer of flavor and visual appeal.
  3. Accompany with Beverages: Pair these rolls with a hot cup of coffee, a glass of cold milk, or a warm mug of cocoa. The contrasting flavors will enhance your tasting experience.
  4. Special Occasions: Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls make a stunning centerpiece for special occasions like brunches, holiday breakfasts, or dessert tables. Arrange them on a decorative platter for an impressive presentation.

Storage Tips:

  1. Room Temperature: If you plan to consume the rolls within 1-2 days, store them at room temperature. Place the rolls in an airtight container or cover them tightly with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
  2. Refrigeration: For longer storage, place the rolls in an airtight container and refrigerate them. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Before serving, reheat them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to restore their softness.
  3. Freezing: To extend their shelf life even further, you can freeze the rolls. Wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw the rolls at room temperature and warm them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Frosting Storage: If you prefer, you can store the cream cheese frosting separately. Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. When you’re ready to serve the rolls, allow the frosting to come to room temperature and spread it over the warmed rolls.

Variations for Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls are already a delicious and visually stunning treat, but you can customize and enhance the recipe with various flavors and ingredients. Here are some creative variations to inspire your next batch:

1. Chocolate Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Extra Chocolate: Add mini chocolate chips to the cinnamon filling for an extra burst of chocolate flavor. You can also drizzle melted chocolate over the cream cheese frosting for a decadent touch.
  • Chocolate Frosting: Replace the cream cheese frosting with a rich chocolate ganache or a chocolate cream cheese frosting.

2. Nutty Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Pecan or Walnut Filling: Mix chopped pecans or walnuts into the cinnamon sugar filling for added crunch and flavor.
  • Nutty Topping: Sprinkle additional chopped nuts on top of the cream cheese frosting for a delightful crunch.

3. Berry Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Berry Filling: Add a layer of berry preserves (such as raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry) on top of the cinnamon filling before rolling up the dough.
  • Berry Frosting: Mix some berry puree into the cream cheese frosting for a fruity twist.

4. Spiced Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Pumpkin Spice: Add 1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to the cinnamon filling for a warm, autumnal flavor.
  • Chai Spice: Incorporate a chai spice blend (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves) into the filling for a unique, aromatic taste.

5. Citrus Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Orange or Lemon Zest: Add the zest of an orange or lemon to the dough or filling for a bright, citrusy note.
  • Citrus Frosting: Mix fresh orange or lemon juice into the cream cheese frosting for a tangy, refreshing flavor.

6. Savory Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Savory Filling: Experiment with a savory twist by using a filling of cream cheese, garlic, and herbs instead of the traditional cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Cheesy Topping: Top the rolls with shredded cheese (like mozzarella or cheddar) before baking and skip the sweet frosting for a savory snack or appetizer.

7. Caramel Pecan Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Caramel Filling: Replace the cinnamon sugar filling with a caramel sauce and chopped pecans.
  • Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the cream cheese frosting for an indulgent treat.

8. Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Cake

  • Cake Form: Instead of individual rolls, bake the dough in a cake pan to create a Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Cake. Slice and serve like a cake for a unique presentation.
  • Layered Cake: Create layers by spreading the filling and rolling up the dough, then slicing and stacking the layers in a springform pan before baking.

9. Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • Miniature Size: Roll the dough into smaller logs and cut into bite-sized rolls. These mini rolls are perfect for parties and gatherings.
  • Dipping Sauce: Serve with a side of cream cheese frosting or chocolate sauce for dipping.

10. Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

  • Bread Pudding: Use leftover rolls to make a rich and decadent bread pudding. Cube the rolls, mix with a custard base, and bake until set. Serve warm with extra cream cheese frosting or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Conclusion

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, this Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls recipe is easy to follow and yields spectacular results. The soft, fluffy texture combined with the rich flavors makes these rolls an irresistible dessert or a special breakfast treat. Try this recipe today and experience the deliciousness of red velvet and cinnamon in every bite!

Frequently asked questions

1. Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

Yes, you can use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast. If using instant yeast, you can skip the step of proofing the yeast in warm milk. Simply mix the instant yeast directly with the dry ingredients and proceed with the recipe.

2. How do I know when the dough has risen enough?

The dough should double in size during the first rise. This typically takes about 1-2 hours in a warm, draft-free environment. You can test if the dough has risen enough by gently pressing your finger into it. If the indentation remains and the dough doesn’t spring back, it’s ready.

3. What can I use instead of red food coloring?

If you prefer not to use artificial food coloring, you can achieve a natural red hue by using beetroot powder or pomegranate juice. Keep in mind that the color may not be as vibrant as with artificial food coloring.

4. Can I prepare the rolls ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the rolls the night before. After assembling the rolls, cover them tightly and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, let the rolls come to room temperature and rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking.

5. How can I make sure my rolls are soft and fluffy?

To ensure soft and fluffy rolls, avoid adding too much flour, which can make the dough dense. The dough should be slightly sticky but manageable. Additionally, don’t over-bake the rolls; they should be just golden brown and cooked through.

6. What if my cream cheese frosting is too runny?

If your cream cheese frosting is too runny, try adding more powdered sugar, a little at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency. Ensure that both the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature before mixing to achieve a smooth and thick frosting.

7. Can I freeze the unbaked rolls?

Yes, you can freeze the unbaked rolls. After slicing the rolls, place them on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to bake, let the rolls thaw and rise at room temperature for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

8. Why did my rolls turn out dry?

Dry rolls can result from over-baking or using too much flour. Ensure you follow the recommended baking time and check for doneness by the rolls’ golden brown color. When adding flour to the dough, do so gradually and only until the dough is manageable.

9. Can I add other flavors to the filling?

Absolutely! You can customize the filling by adding other ingredients like chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or fruit preserves. Spices like nutmeg or cardamom can also enhance the flavor profile of the filling.

10. What’s the best way to reheat leftover rolls?

The best way to reheat leftover rolls is in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until warm. You can also reheat them in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for about 10 minutes. Cover the rolls with foil to prevent them from drying out in the oven.


 

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, this Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls recipe is easy to follow and yields spectacular results. The soft...

Ingredients
  

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk 110°F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • Add sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the yeast mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually add this to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
  • Add red food coloring and knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

Prepare the Filling:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon until well combined.

Assemble the Rolls:

  • Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface into a large rectangle (about 16×12 inches).
  • Spread the cinnamon filling evenly over the dough.
  • Starting from the longer side, roll the dough tightly into a log. Cut the log into 12 even slices.

Bake the Rolls:

  • Place the rolls in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • While the rolls are baking, make the frosting by beating together cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk, beating until smooth and spreadable.

Frost and Serve:

  • Once the rolls are out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes before spreading the cream cheese frosting over them.
  • Serve warm and enjoy the heavenly combination of red velvet and cinnamon!
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