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Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Rolls

on April 21, 2022
last updated September 15, 2022
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These Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Rolls takes classic cinnamon roll dough and fills it with crushed Oreos and fudge sauce. Absolutely decadent!
Oreo Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting on a plate

Can’t decide between Oreos, chocolate, or cinnamon rolls for dessert? Why choose when you can have the best of all three in these Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Rolls.

This dessert fusion consists of doughy rolls stuffed with crushed oreos and chocolate fudge sauce dripping with homemade cream cheese glaze. Like a cinnamon roll, but swapping the cinnamon sugar filling for fudgy Oreo filling.

close up overhead shot of oreo cinnamon rolls in a baking pan

Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Roll Ingredients



Oreo Cinnamon Roll Dough

Here’s everything you need:

  • Warm water. It doesn’t have to be piping hot, warm from the tap will do! This will help to jumpstart the activation of your yeast.
  • Brown sugar. The sugar also helps the yeast activate by “feeding” it.
  • Instant yeast. This will give you more fluffiness than active-dry yeast in a shorter amount of time.
  • All-purpose flour. For the base of your dough.
  • Granulated sugar. For some sweetness.
  • Salt. To amp up the flavor of your dough.
  • Unsalted butter. Melted, for moisture.
  • Milk. For more moisture.
  • Egg. To act as a binder and help with leavening.
salt, flour, instant yeast, milk, sugar, eggs, brown sugar, warm water, and butter

Oreo Cinnamon Roll Chocolate and Oreo Filling

Here’s everything you need:

  • Milk. For moisture.
  • Butter. For flavor and thickening.
  • Dark chocolate Chips. For a fudgy filling.
  • Cocoa Powder. For a little extra chocolate flavor and some extra thickening.
  • Oreos. The star of these rolls.
  • Salt (optional). To amp up flavor.
chocolate chips, cocoa powder, butter, Oreos, and milk

Oreo Cinnamon Roll Cream Cheese Glaze

Here’s everything you need:

  • Cream cheese. Block preferred. You can use low fat with similar results.
  • Powdered sugar. For sweetness and texture.
  • Milk. To loosen to desired consistency.
cream cheese, milk, and powdered sugar

Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Rolls Tips and Tricks



Start with Your Yeast

The first step to getting fluffy cinnamon roll dough is activating your yeast. This is as easy as mixing it with warm water and sugar and covering it with a clean kitchen towel.

After about 5 minutes, you will see bubbles or foam on the surface of the mixture, which will indicate to you that your yeast is activated.

Set the yeast mixture aside to activate while you mix the rest of your ingredients.

adding instant yeast to a mixing bowl

Use a Separate Bowl

While your yeast is activating, use a second, larger mixing bowl to combine the rest of your ingredients.

Melt your butter first and then allow it to cool for a couple of minutes before adding it to your dough mixture. Adding the melted butter to the rest of the ingredients while it’s too hot may scramble your egg or curdle your milk.

You can melt the butter in the microwave starting with 20 seconds, stirring, and then heating in ten-second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted. Or, you can melt it in a small pot on the stove over low heat.

Add the flour, granulated sugar, salt, melted butter, milk, and egg to the larger bowl. Mix to combine.

Then, add the activated yeast mixture and whisk. At this point, you’ll have a very sticky dough. We will add a little more flour while we were kneading that will get your dough where it needs to be!

adding activated yeast mixture to cinnamon roll dough ingredients

Time to Knead

Next, generously flour a clean, flat surface, and add more flour to your hands to avoid too much dough sticking to them when you knead. I like to use a large cutting board for easier clean-up.

The dough should be kneaded for about 3 minutes. I know 3 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but kneading is a workout! Make sure you time yourself or watch the clock to get all 3 minutes in.

As you are kneading, you may find that your surface needs more flour. Continue to add flour at your discretion, to avoid the dough sticking to you or the surface.

flouring hands to prepare for kneading sticky dough

Allow the Dough to Rise

Now, it’s time to place your kneaded dough back into the bowl and cover it again with a clean kitchen towel.

With instant yeast, you’ll get nice, fluffy rolls rather quickly! You will allow the dough to rise even more later, once the Oreo cinnamon rolls are formed, but for now, just let them rise while you are making the filling.

covering cinnamon roll dough mixture for its first rise

Meanwhile, Make Your Filling

Add the milk, butter, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder to a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high power in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth, ensuring all of the chocolate chips are melted.

If you’d like, you can add a pinch of sea salt to the filling to amp up the flavor.

adding cocoa powder to chocolate filling for oreo cinnamon rolls

Crush Your Oreos

It’s easiest to use a food processor to crush your Oreos. We want to transform them into fine dust to bake inside your cinnamon rolls.

If you don’t have a food processor, your next best bet is to add your Oreos to a large storage bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.

Green tip: Reduce your plastic waste by using these Reusable Storage Bags!

adding crushed oreos to a bowl from food processor

Roll Out Your Dough

Once your filling is prepped and your dough has had time to rise, add more flour to your surface. Turn the dough out onto your floured surface and add some flour to your rolling pin.

Use your rolling pin to roll out your dough into a rectangle, roughly 9″ by 12″. While it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s best to keep the dough as even in thickness as possible for the best results.

rolling out cinnamon roll dough to prep it for filling

Add Your Filling

Once your dough is rolled out flat, pour the filling on and use a spatula to spread it out into an even layer, leaving about 1/2-inch margin on all sides.

Then, sprinkle your crushed Oreo on top, again in an even layer.

Roll it Up!

Stand behind your dough, with the short side of the rectangle closest to you. Then, carefully roll the dough away from you, as tight as you can, until you are left with a large cylinder, about 12″ long.

rolling oreo cinnamon rolls to shape them

Slice ‘Em

Then use a bench scraper or sharp knife to slice your dough cylinder into 6 even pieces. This can be achieved by slicing roughly every 2 inches.

You are now left with 6 individual Oreo Cinnamon Rolls!

cutting oreo cinnamon rolls into individual rolls

Let them Rise Again

For these rolls, I used an 11.5″ x 11.5″ baking dish, but you can also use a 13.5″ long oval or 13″ x 9″ baking dish.

Add your rolls to the baking dish, with the prettier swirl side up. Leave at least an inch of space in between each roll, to allow them to rise and spread.

Cover your rolls with a clean kitchen towel and allow them to rise for an hour and a half. After rising, the rolls should be tightly packed inside your baking dish as pictured below.

oreo cinnamon rolls after rising before the oven

Make Your Cream Cheese Glaze

While your Oreo Cinnamon Rolls are baking, whip up your Cream Cheese Glaze.

Start with room temperature cream cheese and use a hand mixer to whisk until soft and smooth in a large bowl.

With your hand mixer on, add your powdered sugar and continue to whip until your mixture is smooth yet again.

Then, with your hand mixer still on, slowly add your room temperature milk until you reach the desired consistency. This may mean that you don’t use all 1/3 cup.

Allow your Oreo Cinnamon Rolls to cool for at least ten minutes before adding your icing.

mixing together ingredients to make cream cheese icing

Storing Your Oreo Cinnamon Rolls

These Oreo Cinnamon Rolls will stay fresh at room temperature covered for two days.

After a couple of days on the counter, transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to two months.

From the freezer, thaw overnight before digging into the leftovers. If you want to enjoy one warm from room temperature or out of the fridge, you can microwave these rolls on high for 25-35 seconds.

oreo cinnamon roll on a white plate with more crushed oreos on top

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Why You Should Make these Oreo Cinnamon Rolls



  • They’re fun! A new twist on a classic cinnamon roll, incorporating your favorite cookies n’ cream treat.
  • They’re chocolatey. That chocolate Oreo filling is EVERYTHING.
  • The glaze! The cream cheese glaze is the perfect complement to the chocolatey Oreo rolls.

If you’re loving these Oreo Cinnamon Rolls and want more Oreo treats, check out this Epic Oreo French Toast and Strawberry Oreo Milkshake.

Oreo Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting on a plate

Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Rolls

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Marley Goldin
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These Chocolate Oreo Cinnamon Rolls take the cinnamon sugar out of classic cinnamon rolls and replace it with crushed Oreos and fudge sauce. Absolutely decadent!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast (2 ¼ tsp usually = 1 packet)
  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour (+ more for kneading)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1 large egg

Oreo Cinnamon Roll Chocolate Filling

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • cup milk of choice
  • 1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 24 Oreos, crushed (24 Oreos usually = 2 sleeves)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (4 oz usually = 1/2 block)
  • cup milk of choice, room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together warm water, brown sugar, and yeast. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside to activate. You will know your yeast is activated when little bubbles appear on the surface of the mixture.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, butter, milk, and egg.
  • Once your yeast is activated, add it to the large mixing bowl with the other ingredients and stir until it comes together.
  • Cover a clean, flat surface with flour, and use flour-covered hands to knead your dough for 3 minutes. Your dough will be sticky, continue to add flour to your hands and the surface as needed.
  • Place your dough back in the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel to rise for about ten minutes. Meanwhile, make your Oreo chocolate filling.

Oreo Cinnamon Roll Chocolate Filling

  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add milk, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, and butter. Microwave on high for 1.5-2 minutes, until chocolate chips are melted. Whisk until smooth. Add a pinch of salt (optional)
  • Crush your Oreos in a food processor until it is fine dust.
  • Once your dough has doubled in size, add more flour to your surface and use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, roughly 9 x 12 inches.
  • Pour your Oreo chocolate filling onto your dough and use a spatula to spread it out evenly over the surface, leaving about a 1/2 inch margin on all sides. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top in a thick layer.
  • Working from the shorter side, use two hands to start to tightly roll your dough away from you, until you’re left with a cylinder, about 12 inches long.
  • Slice your cylinder into 6 equal parts, about 2 inches wide to create 6 individual cinnamon rolls.
  • Add your cinnamon rolls to an 11.5-inch square baking dish, leaving about an inch in between each roll.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow the rolls to rest for about 90 minutes or until they double in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops of your rolls are golden brown.

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add your cream cheese and use a hand mixer to whip until smooth and soft. Add your powdered sugar and whip again until well-combined.
  • With the hand mixer on, add your room temperature milk slowly, until you reach your desired consistency. Please note you may not need all 1/3 cup of milk. If your glaze is getting lumpy when you add the milk, it is probably too cold. Just continue to whisk—it will eventually smoothen out!
  • Allow your Oreo Cinnamon Rolls to cool for about 10 minutes before adding your icing. Enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • These Oreo Cinnamon Rolls are meant to be baked the same day (this is not an overnight recipe!). Overproofing them (allowing them to rise too long) can cause them to be tough.
  • Oreos aren’t just great with milk, you can also find them in this collection of fun recipes using Oreos!
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Chocolate, Oreo Cinnamon Rolls
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