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Easy Fluffy Brown Butter Iced Mocha Cinnamon Rolls…the holiday breakfast we’re all looking for. Buttery, soft, and fluffy dough swirled with cinnamon sugar and sweet chocolate. Each roll is frosted generously with a warming brown butter and espresso icing that melts into every nook and cranny. There’s nothing not to love, every bite is melt in your mouth delicious. You just can’t beat a cinnamon roll on Christmas morning.

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I’m not sure how this is possible, but one week from today is Christmas Eve. Honestly, Christmas has never snuck up on me faster. I still have so much do, and oh my gosh, so many recipes I want to share!

When I looked at the calendar this week and realized I hadn’t yet shared these cinnamon rolls, I kind of panicked. This is the first “Christmas” recipe I had on my list months and months ago. The combination of cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee is one of my 2021 favorites. I’ve been very into the flavor profile and had these saved on my list for Christmas!

And trust me, these rolls are some of the best. It’s the chocolate with the cinnamon and coffee glaze. Everything just melts together and it’s heavenly.

I’ve said this before, but cinnamon rolls are a Christmas tradition. We have them every Christmas morning, and every year I LOVE to share a new recipe.

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Onto the details

The dough is the simplest to make. Simply mix the yeast with warm milk and a small touch of brown sugar. It’s important to let that mix sit for a few minutes to allow the yeast to “activate”.

Next, add the butter, eggs, flour, and salt. Mix until smooth and let the dough rest until doubled in size. Then it’s time to shape the rolls…love a simple dough.

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While the dough rests, mix the filling

For the cinni-sugar mix, I love to use brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon for the best flavor. The brown sugar adds a nice depth and richness. And I go heavy on the cinnamon for sweet cinnamon swirls throughout.

The special additions – espresso powder and chopped chocolate, which is where the mocha flavors start to come in.

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Assemble and bake

Spread the dough with butter, then sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar, and chocolate. Roll the dough up into a log, slice, and bake.

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The smells coming from the oven will be magical. Like sweet cinnamon with hints of chocolate and vanilla. ‘Tis perfection and I’m not sure there’s a better smell.

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Simple. Easy. And just the best! I cannot think of a better Christmas morning breakfast. Very excited to be making these for my family this year. Hoping you all will be too!

See you tomorrow for the very last Christmas Cocktail Saturday of 2021!

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Looking for other holiday cinnamon roll recipes recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Maple Icing

Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Wreath

Lastly, if you make these Brown Butter Iced Mocha Cinnamon Rolls, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Brown Butter Iced Mocha Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 572 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.





  • 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the milk, yeast, and brown sugar. Let sit 5-10 minutes, until bubbly on top. Add the butter, eggs, 3 1/2 cups flour, and salt. Using the dough hook, mix until the flour is completely incorporated, about 4-5 minutes. If the dough is still sticky, add the additional 1/2 cup flour, adding more as needed until the dough is smooth to touch.
    2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
    3. Meanwhile, mix the filling. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and espresso powder. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    4. Punch the dough down and roll out onto a lightly floured surface, creating a large rectangle about 12 x 18 inches. Spread the butter evenly over the dough. Sprinkle on the chocolate and cinnamon sugar. Starting with the long edge closest to you, roll the dough into a log, keeping it tight as you go. When you reach the edge, pinch along the edge to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12-15 rolls. Place the rolls into the prepared baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15-20 minutes.
    5. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
    6. Meanwhile, make the icing. Add the butter to a pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. In a bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and maple syrup. Whisk in the butter, espresso, then add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Spread the icing over the warm rolls. Serve and enjoy!


To Make Ahead: prepare the rolls through step 4. Do not let the rolls rise at room temp. Cover the rolls and place them in the fridge (up to overnight). When ready to bake, remove the rolls from the fridge 30 minutes prior to baking, then bake as directed. 
To Prepare and Freeze: assemble the rolls through step 4. Then cover the pan and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the rolls overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours. Once thawed, bake as directed. 
To Bake and Freeze: bake the rolls as directed and let cool completely. Cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and warm, then frost before serving. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Simply THE best!! I used instant espresso in mine. The subtle hint of coffee in both the rolls and icing was spectacular. They are easy, beautiful and delicious. Thank you Tieghan for another winner. 🩷

    1. Hi Donna,
      Happy Weekend! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a lot for giving it a try! xT

  2. 5 stars
    Last year I attempted a recipe from another blog, and it was a flop. Saved this recipe to try and redeem myself, and boy did I! The cinnamon rolls were so fluffy and yet thick. Since my family doesn’t have a big sweet tooth, I only used half of the frosting. Still satisfying!

  3. 5 stars
    Literally delicious! My whole family loved these this Christmas morning! My 1st time making cinnamon rolls and it wasn’t even hard. Will def be making this again and again!

  4. 5 stars
    Straightforward and delicious! Recipe didn’t call for anything you wouldn’t normally have at home-a solid cinnamon roll recipe!

  5. 2 stars
    Made these this morning, on christmas day, and im so sorry to say these were a miss. I think it was the semi sweet chocolate morsels that did it. I would recommend omitting those if youre going to make this recipe.. and if youre not a coffee fan, maybe even not using the espresso. We were looking for a classic cinnamon roll taste. The icing, however, was delicious. I’ll try them again but change things up with the next batch.

  6. 5 stars
    Made these ahead of time and the instructions were perfect. These were one of my favorite sweets I’ve ever made. Easy, delicious and chocolate! Everyone loved them, they’ve reheated well after keeping leftovers in the fridge. Thank you so much!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe before, and I’m making it again for Christmas morning. It’s great!! I would just like to ask generally, could you consider also listing the recipe ingredients in metrics? Thanks amd Merry Christmas!