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Easy Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Glaze

The development of this recipe was made possible by American Heritage Chocolate.

Gather Ingredients

For the Buns

For the Filling

For the Egg Wash

For the Glaze

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray or softened butter and line the bottom with parchment paper.


Step 2

To make the buns, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingers until pea-sized and crumbly.

Step 3

Pour in the cream and stir with a flexible spatula until you can squeeze a bit between two fingers, and it stays together. Use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together as a solid mass.

Step 4

Dump the mass onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough a few more times until smooth. Roll it into a rectangle about 16 by 10-inches long, with the long side closest to you. Let it rest while you make the filling.

Step 5

To make the filling, stir all of the ingredients, save for the chopped chocolate, with a fork in a small bowl. Evenly spread the filling over the dough, almost all the way to the edges with a small offset spatula or butter knife. Sprinkle with the chopped chocolate and press it lightly with your fingers to adhere.

Step 6

Starting from the long edge of the rectangle, begin rolling up the dough, until a tight log is formed. Pinch the dough with your fingers to seal the “seam” along the length of the log. Cut the dough into 8 pieces and place them evenly cut side-up in the prepared pan.

Step 7

To make the egg wash, stir the egg and salt with a fork in a small bowl and brush it on the tops of the buns with a pastry brush. Bake the buns for 25 to 30 minutes until the tops of the buns are nicely browned and if you stick a toothpick between two of the buns, it comes out clean. Invert the buns right side up onto a serving plate, running a butter knife around the edges if they resist, and make the glaze.

Step 8

To make the glaze, stir the cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl with a fork. Once combined, add the remaining ingredients and stir until smooth and thick. Spoon over the buns, spreading the glaze so it drips (decoratively) down the sides of the buns. Sprinkle with the grated chocolate and serve immediately. The buns will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days but they are best straight out of the oven.


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