Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

I love cinnamon rolls, and hazelnuts and icing... but mostly, I love that this recipe starts with a loaf of frozen dough!! I love short cuts and things that make my life easier... in general. I'm submitting this to IHCC for Potluck week.


3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 (1-pound) loaf purchased frozen white bread dough, thawed 
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon buttermilk

Brush 1 tablespoon of melted butter over the bottom and sides of an 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. Mix the nuts, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves in a small bowl. Roll out the thawed dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12 by 9-inch rectangle. Brush 1 tablespoon of butter over the dough. Sprinkle the nut mixture over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border along the top and bottom sides. Starting at 1 long side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style, forming a log. Pinch the seam to seal. Cut the log into 9 equal pieces. Arrange the rolls, cut side down, in the prepared baking dish, spacing evenly. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Let the rolls rise in a warm draft-free area until puffed, about 45 minutes.

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.

Bake the cinnamon rolls uncovered until the tops are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the powdered sugar, mascarpone cheese, and buttermilk in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.

Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over the baked cinnamon rolls and then drizzle the cheese mixture over top. Serve warm.


  1. Oh my, these look amazing! I hope you're feeling better :D

  2. Mmm, I love cinnamon rolls too. Any chance of emailing a few up here? ☺

  3. Looks tasty! Never knew Giada had a cinnamon roll recipe.

  4. These look delicious--love the hazelnuts with the cinnamon. ;-)

  5. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and these would be perfect one weekend morning,delish.

  6. I've never seen this Giada recipe before and I really love the sound (and looks) of it! How can you resist mascarpone icing - delicious :)

  7. Wow -those look amazing. I love the idea of the hazelnut filling, and the mascarpone icing - how good is that?! Sadly we can't buy frozen bread dough in this country, but for something this good I think I can stretch to making my own.
    Sue :-)

  8. YUMMY! The mascarpone sounds like it would be amazing in this cinnamon roll.