I had the pleasure of connecting with Alexa M. Johnson on Instagram recently after commenting on one of her delicious recipe posts. I was so grateful when she agreed to share this with our community. Alexa and her husband are newlyweds (congrats!) who just bought a house in Tewksbury. In her spare time Alexa bakes and shares easy-to-make appetizers and meals on Instagram at @alexamjdotcom and on her website at www.alexamjohnson.com. They are perfect for busy moms! A big thanks to Alexa for this Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
- 1 cup whole milk or milk of choice
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
- 1 package active dry yeast (I prefer Red Star Yeast.)
- 4 cups flour, plus more for rolling out dough
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- Red food coloring
- Cooking spray for pan
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Make the Dough:
- In a small pot set over low heat, combine the milk and butter and cook until the butter has melted and the mixture is warmed.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar and the yeast then set the mixture aside for 5 minutes.
- In a stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt and remaining ½ cup sugar.
- Add the yeast mixture and eggs to the stand mixer and beat for 2 minutes.
- Add red food coloring until the dough reaches the color you want, then continue beating for 4-5 minutes until the dough is combined.
- Grease a large bowl with cooking spray. Transfer the dough into the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Store the dough in a warm, dark place until it doubles in size, about 2 hours.
- Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Lightly flour your work surface then roll the dough that’s 1/4-inch thick.
- Using baking thread, cut each individual cinnamon roll and place each roll next to the other in the pan.
Bake & Frost
- Cook at 375 for 22 minutes, keeping an eye on them throughout the cooking process
- Once cooked, wait until they’ve cooled off a bit and ice with your icing of choice. (I used cream cheese frosting!)