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A Cinnamon Roll Worth Fighting Over

Cookie dough + cinnamon rolls = ooey, gooey deliciousness
Cinnamon Rolls Stuffed with Cookie Dough
Courtesy of Evan Sung

This cinnamon roll creation from  is every cookie dough-lover's dream come true! The rolls are taken to their ultimate peak ooziness by stuffing them with chocolate chip cookie dough. The result is a full layer of molten cookie dough, somewhere between half-baked and baked, spiraling throughout your fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls.

This recipe comes straight out of DŌ's new cookbook, Hello, Cookie Dough which is filled with recipes using cookie dough in all sorts of creative ways. 

Ingredients

For the rolls

  • 2 packets (1/4 oz) of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 Cup warm water
  • 6 Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 3/4 Cups whole milk
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 Teaspoons canola oil (or any neutral oil)
  • 3 Cups cookie dough (preferably using heat-treated flour and pasteurized egg whites)
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the glaze

  • 3 Cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons milk

Directions

For the rolls

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. Measure the flour by placing 5 cups of flour in one bowl and setting 1 cup aside.

In a microwave-safe container, heat the butter, milk, sugar and salt on 50% power in 30-second increments until the butter is melted and the mixture is warmed, stirring well between each increment.

Pour the mixture into a medium bowl. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the yeast mixture (it should appear frothy) and whisk well.

Pour the liquid into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add half of the 5 cups of flour and mix on medium speed until nearly combined. Add the remaining half of the flour and mix to combine. Add the reserved 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Stop adding flour when the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl and is easy to handle.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 8 minutes.

Oil a bowl with the canola oil. Place the kneaded dough in the oiled bowl, turning in the bowl once to make sure it is oiled on all sides. Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.

After the dough has risen for 1 hour or doubled in size, punch it down and remove it from the bowl. Use a floured rolling pin on a floured surface to roll the dough into a 12”x18” rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Brush the melted butter over the entire rectangle (all the way to the edges). Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the dough, leaving a 1-inch margin on one of the long sides. Sprinkle pieces of the cookie dough evenly over the rectangle, leaving the 1-inch margin.

Generously grease a 9”x13” pan and an 8”x8” pan with butter. Place 12 slices in the 9”x13” pan in a 3”x4” arrangement. Place the other 6 slices in the 8”x8” pan, with one in the center surrounded by the rest of the slices. It’s OK if they don’t touch. Cover and set aside to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned and the tops are set.

While the rolls bake, make the glaze (below). When the rolls are done baking, let them cool for 5 minutes before drizzling the glaze over the entire pan.

For the glaze

In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Add 1 tablespoon additional milk at a time until the glaze coats the back of a spoon and slowly runs off.