Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

NutellaAs you can probably guess I am an avid reader of MANY food blogs. I love them! And right now most of my favorite food bloggers are posting about healthy recipes. I think the sentiment is, "we ate too much for Thanksgiving so let's take a break and make something light this week." Which totally makes sense. I think that is how any sane person would feel. But me, well, I just want to bake cinnamon rolls.

Let me explain.

I always make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. Last year I made apple cinnamon rolls, and I'm already (apparently) thinking about it for this year. I've already started my Christmas shopping/making, and it's got me in the mood, I guess. So I decided to try combining my love for cinnamon rolls with my love for Nutella. (Did you know I LOVE Nutella? I try not to buy it very often because I love it a little too much, if you know what I mean.)Cinnamon rollsNutella Cinnamon Rolls, makes 10-12

3 tablespoons warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup milk (I used whole, but any kind is fine)
2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup Nutella
3-4 teaspoons cinnamon

In a small bowl stir together the water and sugar. Stir in the yeast and allow this to activate for 5-6 minutes (it should foam slightly).

In a small pot melt the butter. Add the milk and allow to warm through.

In the bowl of your mixer (or just a large bowl) combine the flours and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture, the milk mixture and (with the dough hook attachment) stir/knead until well-combined and dough becomes slightly elastic. Form into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise for 1 hour. (Or until doubled in size.)

Roll dough out into a large rectangle. Spread on the Nutella! Evenly sprinkle on the cinnamon. Roll up and cut into 10-12 rolls and place in a buttered pan. Cover and allow to rise for another 30-40 minutes. Bake at 375°F for 28-30 minutes.
Nutella cinnamon rollsI also made a simple glaze out of melted butter and powered sugar. But because these are so sweet I actually think they are best served hot with little slab of butter. Let the butter melt into the roll just before eating. Oh, and milk is a must. xo. Emma 

  • Thanks for the recipe. I tried for my X-mas morning, and it indeed changes everything. Maybe the beginning of a tradition 🙂

  • Me again! I tried it and the dough can be made in advance! but i agree with kizat the dough definitely needs more sugar!

  • Hi emma, can the dough be premade before christmas morning so on christmas eve then put in the fridge/left in a warm place? Also i love your nutella cookie recipe it is a firm favourite in my house! x

  • Hm I just made these but vegan style (substituted butter for earth balance margarine, cow’s milk for almond, and homemade style nutella). They are good, and a nice soft texture. However, they are not sweet. I was wondering if perhaps after salt, it’s meant to say 1 1/2 c of sugar considering there was no other sugar added other than to prestart the yeast. I may try them tomorrow with the sugar, cause I’m sure these puppies I just baked will be devoured anyway! Thanks for the recipe. Cool site!

  • Another easy one is to make your dough and let rise, knead, etc. When you roll it out, spread your choice of frosting on it. (I used lemon when I tried this recipe) Roll up like cinnamon rolls and slice. Let rise and bake like normal and after baking turn pan upside down to put rolls on plate. They are pre-frosted with whatever flavor of frosting you used.

  • These look amazing…

    I try to make it but I forgot to be carefull with the baking time, so it was burned and dry. But good!
    I’ll try another time 😉

    Thks for the receipt!!

  • Get out of here!! These are definitely going to be made before too long. I LOVE Nutella and I love cinnamon rolls. Could there be a better combo?

  • You mentioned in the article that last year you made apple cinnamon rolls. Those sound so good and perfect for this season. Could you post the recipe?

  • Wow, this is over the top greatness!!! Thank you for sharing such a great idea. This is on idea I plan on using. Yummy!
    Sampson and Lorrrie

  • I used Jiffy’s mocha cappuccino hazelnut spread when making these, worked just as well! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Omgsh! That looks/sounds amazing!! I cannot wait to try these on Christmas morning! <3

    I can always count on you for good recipes, Emma. ;D

  • Please don’t eat Nutella; make your own (for example like this;!

    Nutella contains Palm Oil; Palm Oil plantations contributes to deforestration of rainforest in Indonasia.

  • Aaaah!!! I need to eat those!!!! Mwahaha!! They look.. Yummmm 🙂 i can’t stop thinking about Christmas too 😉

  • I think I just died! Honestly those look incredible and very not good for me. Can’t wait to make these.

  • These are FANTASTIC! There is just something so dangerously delicious about Nutella! I remember eating it by the spoonful as a kid and these cinnamon rolls put a new twist on my childhood memories! I may just try making them over the holidays as well. Great recipe!


  • It`s winter season,so you should eat sweet and unhealthy things,hahaha…The best time to sin,nobody can see it under a big sweater ;D
    And Nutella and cinnamon are the best combination ever,have to try this one!But probably I will eat the Nutella with a spoon before even baking it!
    But seriously Emma,amazing idea,love it!


  • It looks so good I want to eat it! I think that I will try to make some of them today:)

  • I loved your post so much I hosted it on my MFS blogpost today “Talk the Talk Thursdays” where each week I showcase the “talk” of other bloggers. Hope you like it!

  • oh my word!
    even though summer is well & truly here so the mere thought of turning the oven on is painful, baking these would make the heat worthwhile!
    (& i’m waiting to have dinner so i’m ridiculously hungry…the urge to run & buy a jar of nutella is out of control! hahaha)

  • These look amazing! I love nutella too! I need to make and bake these ASAP!

  • Fantastic, I have been craving cinnamon rolls so badly! Just something about the cold weather, I think 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, they look amazing, but they are at least 12 Weight Watchers points. Any way to make them lower-cal, diet-friendly, and still just as delicious?!

  • oh my… i have try this… i just got reeeeeally hungry 🙁

  • I can’t wait to try these. I actually tried the recipe for your parker house rolls (and I didn’t do well on them.. but stil had fun trying!) — love your recipes!

  • Those seriously look like the most amazing thing that man or God has ever made. Seriously. YUM. I’m going to make these for Christmas morning.


  • Yum! I love it a little too much, too. I could just eat it out of the jar 🙂

  • OMG. stop it, right now. These look and sound INCREDIBLE. Definitely going to be making these for my boyfriend’s birthday breakfast–it sounds like he loves Nutella just as much as you! Thanks for sharing!

  • Holy Toledo, this is a collision of two of my favorite substances. Ever. The rolls look phenomenal!

  • OMG that looks soooo good *___* I got a huge Nutella as a present from some friends a week ago… This seems like a good use to it!

    I don’t know if you’ve done it, but I baked mini-croissants last week with that Nutella!! They were so yummy!! Just a little tip, reading that you really love it 😀

  • Oh gosh, I’m a nutella fiend. This recipe looks scrumptious! I can’t wait to try it out!!

  • these bring back memories! my mum used to make them alot when I was younger, she also added finely chopped nuts with the nutella. I can remember the taste vividly! 🙂

  • these look delicious and yes, i ABSOLUTELY know what you mean by saying you’re not buying it too often. i have the same “problem” with peanut butter (maybe it’s because nutella is german and peanut butter is american? who knows…)

  • These look amazing! OMGGGG!!! I’m practically dying over here since all I had for lunch was a couple carrot sticks!

  • Those look amazing! I LOVE Nutella – must try it. 🙂


  • There’s nothing better than nutella, honestly. Thanks for the recipe, it’s worth trying for sure!

  • Oh! I just HAVE to share this with my sis-in-love! She LOVES Nutella! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • I am saving this recipe for Christmas morning! We always have cinnamon rolls!

    xo Jennifer

  • ABM – Why do you do this to me!!!!! Those look sooooooo yummy! I really want to give these a try! Nom, nom, nom!

  • Oh.. wowzers! Those LOOK AMAZING! I will definitely have to try it out!


  • I pinned and tweeted these.

    Wait until my daughter sees them! She’ll have me making them tonight.

    Looks Oh, So, YUMMY.


  • Yay! After studying in France, American sweets cannot calm my sweet tooth. I am always looking to add some French sweetness to anything & everything! This may be the ticket!Great idea– I can’t wait to get home from work and make these.

  • I’m printing this recipe and making these for Christmas morning!!! YUM!

  • *drooooool* Absolute yummyness! One question though: With all the yummy stuff you post here, I’m wondering how the heck you maintain your slender frames? I would balloon!

  • Aces. This is exactly what my procrastinating-hungry-college-brain needs! Nutella comforts all problems. love the recipe!

  • I just came across this recipe in Bon Appetit for homemade Nutella spread as part of their DIY holiday gift section in the December issue. Thought I should pass it along.

  • You, my dear, are a genius! I love Nutella a little too much, as well, and hardly ever buy it because of that fact. However, I have a Christmas party coming up with a mom group of mine and will be making these for sure! Since I wanted to make some sort of cinnamon roll anyway. These will be perfect. <3

  • Really yummy, yummy. I will do it too. Perfect recipe. Have a great day.

  • This only confirms my need to have a jar of Nutella at work. Could be dangerous, but hey, gotta live on the wild side.

  • My mom always makes cinnamon rolls are Christmas morning too. What a great tradition. This is such a good twist on the recipe.

  • Obsessed with Nutella! I was inspired by one of your pancake recipes, and I am going to attempt nutella stuffed pancake pops. But I am also obsessed with cinnamon rolls – always a little intimidated to make my own dough though! Pillsbury isn’t a bad substitute.

    Strive to Thrive,

  • Oh YUM! My husband would love these! Thanks for sharing. And yes, milk is for sure a must!

  • My husband’s family has a tradition of having cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning as well. These sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Yum yum yum, this looks and I’m sure, tastes like heaven 🙂

  • mmmmmmm it looks soooooooo delicious!!! You make me need some chocolate…. nutella……… give me a tiramisu…. or anything else please!!! 😀

  • yummy yummy! Cinnamon rolls are the bestest dessert, evah! This is a fact.

    tsiou, from

  • Haha – I keep trying to make myself have the mentality of cutting back on calories to help balance all of the Thanksgiving food out…but no go. I just want cinnamon rolls too! haha

    xx Ashleigh


  • Need to make these so my boyfriend will stop judging me for eating Nutella straight from the jar!

  • Two of my weaknesses in one. Looks like I’m going to need to take out all my jeans to fit my belly in them!


  • Oh dear god, i wish i hadnt come to this page. innocently looking at your dinner hosting post minding my own business and then i stumble across this… I dont know if me describing how tasty this looks would do it justice! delicious!

  • Oh. My. God. These look amazing! I am scared I might drool on my keypad and break my laptop! Must. look. away. now!!!!!!!!! Mmmm. YUM!

  • It looks really tasty!! I just want to grab a bite directly from the picture! It looks so juicyy 😀

  • What are your favorite food blogs? Also, does your sister have any favorite blogs? You’re obviously one of our (the readers’) favorites. You should do an article about your favorite blogs! 🙂

  • Oh gosh. How amazing. I love cinnamon rolls because they are both dessert and breakfast. I cannot wait to make this. I love your recipes, thanks ladies!

  • Oh goodness, my 5yr old LOVES cinnamon rolls and I always thought they’d be too hard to make. But this sounds possible (for my skill level 😉 Plus we always have nutella in the house. It’s the only way I can get my other kid to have some wheat bread!

  • I was just thinking about Nutella rolls while bathing earlier. I am so making these soon! 🙂

  • Oh wow.. nutella and cinnamon sound like an amazing combination! Your family and friends are so lucky to have such a good cook in the family, your food always looks delicious x

  • I always see these nutella related recipes on Pinterest but have never known anyone to try them. Now I feel the need to, they look so delicious.

  • I love your cinnamon roll tradition! And, who could disagree, everything is better with Nutella!

  • This must be perfection in a dish. And nutella? I’m guessing when you buy it, the only other thing you need is a spoon. Yep. Me too 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! I never thought about putting Nutella! Such a fantastic idea. I can’t wait to stuff my face with these puppies.


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