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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

From Alyssa Noui, POPSUGAR Food

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  1. For the dough:
    3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
    1 teaspoon salt
    6 tablespoons butter
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 tablespoon red food coloring
    1 egg
  1. For the filling:
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    1/2 cup butter, softened
  1. For cream cheese frosting:
    4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    4 tablespoons butter, softened
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. To make the dough: Combine 2 cups of flour with sugar, cocoa powder, dry yeast, and salt in a stand-up mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix until combined.
  2. Microwave butter and water until warm but not hot to the touch, approximately 120ºF-130ºF. Butter will not melt completely. Pour in red food coloring. Add to the flour mixture, followed by 1 egg, and beat for 2 minutes at high speed, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Add an additional 1 cup of flour, and continue mixing. Stir in just enough remaining flour so the dough will form into a ball.
  3. Knead dough on heavily floured surface for about 6-8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. The dough should spring back when lightly pressed. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. For the filling, combine sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Roll the dough into a 10-inch-by-16-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Spread butter over the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon mixture. Beginning at the long end of the rectangle, roll dough tightly, pinching to seal. Cut into equal 1-inch pieces using unflavored dental floss or twine for a clean cut. Place rolls, cut-side down, in a greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let rise for 45-60 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 350ºF, and bake for 23-28 minutes, or until rolls are golden on top and cooked through. Remove from oven and cool for 10-15 minutes.
  7. To make frosting: Combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Spread evenly over rolls.
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