Salted Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Buns

These melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon buns are made with Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, instead of the traditional brown sugar cinnamon filling. A great twist to the traditional cinnamon. And a great guilty pleasure!

Prep Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 15 buns


For the buns:

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp traditional dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling

  • 2 bars Sea Salt Dark Chocolate I used Lindt (100 g bars)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter

For the icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tsp of sugar into 1/2 cup of warm water. Sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Melt butter and set aside. In another bowl, whisk the milk with egg and vanilla. In a large bowl, whisk flour with 1/2 cup sugar, the cinnamon and salt.

  2. When the yeast is foamy, whisk into egg mixture with the butter. Stir into the flour mixture. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead to form a smooth dough. about 5-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and lay a damp cloth over the bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.

  3. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Using a food processor, break the chocolate into pieces with sugar and pulse until finely ground, about 45 seconds. Pour in the butter, and pulse until it has an even texture, about 15 pulses.

  4. When the dough has risen, roll into a 14 inch square. Even cover the dough with the chocolate mixture, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Firmly press the chocolate into the dough. Starting with the side closest to you, roll up the dough. Pinch the dough to seal the seams. Using a serrated knife, trim away the uneven ends. Slice the roll evenly into 15 buns. Place the cut side-down into the dish. Lay a damp towel over top, and let it rise for 45 minutes.

  5. Bake in 350 degrees until the buns are golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes. Drizzle with the icing. 

    Best served warm.

For the drizzle:

  1. Whisk the icing sugar with 2 tbsp milk, until you reach a drizzling consistency. Use a fork to drizzle over the buns.

Recipe Notes

These might be time consuming to make, but totally worth the effort!! They are soft, gooey, and literally melt in your mouth. Enjoy!


*Recipe adapted from Lindt Excellence