Chocolate + Orange Morning Rolls

Breakfast, Chocolate, Desserts

This week buried me alive. Last night I un-RSVP’d myself from Alana’s Halloween party that I’ve been excited about for WEEKS. But I could barely move and my feet were killing me. I took a shower and got in bed and slept for twelve straight hours and now feel like I can concur the world…but first, warm chocolate orange morning rolls.

These rolls on a Saturday morning make everything better. They are soft and warm and delicious. The combo of orange and chocolate will forever be a favorite of mine. It is classic Holiday vibes but I really feel like we should make space to enjoy them year around.

The filling is gently spiced with some cinnamon and all-spice. The orange flavor comes from some fresh orange zest that is put on top of that filling.

This recipe was living on this IG post, but IG decided that this recipe is way too long to fit into a caption—who knew?!

So, I decided to put it on this blog for easy-reading and printing!

Chocolate + Orange Morning Rolls

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Serving Size: 6 large morning rolls



  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water or warm milk
  • 8 tablespoons room-temperature unsalted butter

Spiced Chocolate Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce of Moser Roth milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • Zest from 1 naval orange

Cream Cheese Vanilla Glaze:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream



  • In a stand mixer, with the dough hook, mix together all of the dough ingredients to form a mostly smooth, shiny dough. Don't worry; what starts out as a sticky mess becomes beautifully satiny as it kneads. Knead this dough on medium speed for about 5 minutes.
  • Spray a medium bowl with cooking spray. Transfer the dough into the greased bowl, using a spatula because the dough will be a bit sticky. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 1 1/2 hours. If you want to to make this for ahead, you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap and transfer it to the fridge and continue with the recipe the next morning. Or, you can continue with it immediately.

Chocolate Filling:

  • In a bowl, mash all of the ingredients (except the chopped chocolate and orange zest) together until smooth.

To Assemble the Rolls:

  • Grease and line a 9 x 4-inch baking dish.
  • On a liberally floured surface, dump the dough out and roll it into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Spread the filling evenly onto the rectangle and stop about 1/4-inch before you reach the edge. Sprinkle with the chopped chocolate and orange zest. Roll the rectangle tightly, in a horizontal fashion, into a log. Transfer the log to a lightly floured cutting board and transfer to the freezer (this will help when we cut and form the babka) for about 10 minutes.
  • After the log has chilled, remove it from the freezer. Using a sharp knife, slice off the ends and discard. Slice the log into 3-inch pieces. Carefully transfer the rolls to the prepared baking dish. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and place in a draft-free place in your home until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

To Make the Cream Cheese Vanilla Glaze:

  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer (you can use a hand mixer too), add the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and salt. Beat until smooth. Pour in the heavy cream and then beat for a full 2 minutes, until very fluffy. When the rolls come out of the oven, spoon the glaze/frosting on top. It’ll melt when it comes in contact with the warm rolls. YUM.
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    Reply CJ | A Well-Read Tart October 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    OMG, my eyes bugged out of my head when I saw the blog post name and feature photo. I adore chocolate and orange together, and I feel that people don’t use this flavor combo often enough. (I was so happy when the Pepperidge Farm people finally made chocolate orange milanos, and I was convinced the combo would finally start to take off…) I also love chocolate and cinnamon, and the chocolate-cinn-orange filling in this sounds divine. I’ve wanted to make cinnamon/morning rolls forevever but I am too lazy to make yeast recipes. However…this recipe may FINALLY be the one that gets me to give morning rolls a try. Because, if I can successfully make them now, I could make these for Christmas morning… *stares off dreamily into Christmas visions*… Thanks for sharing!!

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    Reply Katherines Corner October 21, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Pinned this yumminess! Hugs

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    Reply Phyllis Pegg October 21, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    can you suggest a glaze that is not cream cheese?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 24, 2018 at 10:04 am

      you can leave the cream cheese out and increase the powdered sugar until it gets to your desired thickness. 🙂

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    Reply Shannon Skinner October 29, 2018 at 4:52 am

    These look incredible, I’m definitely going to try and make these vegan so I can enjoy them! Your photography is always absolutely beautiful x

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    Reply Adriana November 17, 2018 at 11:45 am

    This looks amazing! Im thinking of making these little guys ahead of time. Should they come back to room temp after taking them out of the fridge? Thanks!

    P.S. really loving the playlist on IG lately!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Hi!! Yes, I would bring them back up to room temp (probably an hour or so) and then stick ’em in the oven! And thank you re: the playlist! 🙂

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    Reply Helen Loss December 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I don’t have a stand mixer for the dough. Would you use hands or hand mixer? Can’t wait to make these for Christmas!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 20, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      yes you can mix it by hand with a spoon and then knead it on the counter with your hands! it should work great. i would knead it with your hands for about 5 minutes, until it’s super smooth!

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    Reply CJ | A Well-Read Tart December 25, 2018 at 6:14 am

    5 stars
    UPDATE: I just ate one of these rolls for Christmas morning breakfast. DELICIOUS. I had some troubles with making them — I think my yeast wasn’t the freshest, and I also rolled out too long a rectangle, so I ended up with 8 rolls instead of 6. They didn’t rise very much before baking, so I thought I completely effed it up, lol. However, I decided to bake them up anyway, and they totally poofed up in the oven and turned out perfectly!! Love this recipe. Going to be a repeat for holidays. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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    Reply Teresa December 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t know how I managed to miss this recipe . . . I follow on insta but somehow it escaped me?? I will have to try these and see how we like them compared to the funfetti cinnamon rolls (which I just made and immediately had a couple!). The funfetti have oj and I kinda feel like that makes them “healthier”. LOL. This will be on my January recipe wish list! And I also love the playlist. I had it on today and my 13 year old son came in the kitchen to check it out. I think he was impressed!

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    Reply Saude February 28, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe

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    Reply Mark April 5, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Wanna try this on weekends.

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    Reply Nick April 26, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Wow, these are gorgeous. I’m going to make these to bring to work next week and my kids are going to be completely jealous! 🙂

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