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Chocolate Swirl Buns

This recipe for Chocolate Swirl Buns makes a soft, buttery dough that's filled with chocolate and a bit of cinnamon.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, Cinnamon, comfort food
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 12
Calories 703 kcal
Author Erren



  • 1 1⁄4 cups hot milk about 110F/ 43C
  • 1⁄4 cup warm water
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 3 - 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons melted butter plus more for pan
  • 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces semisweet/dark chocolate chips


  • 6 ounces semisweet/dark chocolate chopped
  • 3⁄4 cups whipping cream


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.
  3. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
  4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 2 - 3 hours.
  5. Prepare a muffin pan by brushing melted butter all around twelve muffin cups.
  6. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle.
  7. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough, followed by the chocolate chips.
  8. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 10 - 12 slices.
  9. Place half the buns into the muffin cups and let rise until dough is doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).

For the topping:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a medium sized, heat proof bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the cream until it just begins to simmer and then pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let it sit a minute, then gently stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has fully melted and the ganache is smooth. Then cover and chill until it is set enough to pipe over the muffins.
  3. Bake on 350f/175c for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool 15 more minutes before piping the icing over the buns.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Swirl Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 703 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 290mg13%
Potassium 295mg8%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.