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Normally, I suck at posting recipes that have a holiday theme. In fact, it’s by sheer luck and coincidence that I came across a recipe for Red Velvet Nutella Rolls from Yammie’s Noshery just one week before Valentine’s Day. They’re red velvet, and they’re shaped like hearts! It’s as though the universe itself was telling me that this needed to go on the blog pretty much immediately. I don’t think I waited even 24 hours before grabbing some Nutella at the grocery store and getting to work.I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. For starters, I made my dough in a bread machine, like the lazy person that I am. The adventurous types out there can try it by hand. Just make sure to use Active Dry Yeast instead of Bread Machine Yeast if you do.
Spread Nutella across the dough. Cut the dough into strips, then shape the strips into hearts. This part got very messy, so no pictures. You could also try cutting the strips first, then spreading the Nutella across each individual strip.
The image should help you to figure out how to roll them so that they are heart-shaped. Just roll both ends inward until they are almost touching, and then stretch the straight part into a little peak. Lay them on a baking sheet to rise for 45-60 minutes.
That’s all there is to it. If Nutella isn’t your thing, you can also use the traditional cinnamon roll filling (cinnamon, sugar, butter). Warm and delicious red velvet rolls are at your fingertips. You can make these to share with that special someone. Or, just for you. In fact, forget that special someone. Make these just for you, and get them some flowers. If it’s meant to be, then they will understand.
These are best eaten soon after baking, but you can get away with re-heating them a day or two later.
Red Velvet Nutella Rolls
For the rolls:
- 4 ½ tsp bread machine yeast
- ½ cup buttermilk, warm
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 tbsp red food coloring
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
For the Cream Cheese Icing
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 tbsp (½ stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp clear vanilla extract
Add the ingredients (except Nutella) to the bowl of your bread machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Select the Dough cycle and press Start.
When the Dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to an approximately 12″ x 16″ rectangle. Spread with Nutella.
Cut into strips and roll into heart shapes. Set on a baking pan, cover, and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350°.
Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and top with cream cheese icing while still hot. Serve immediately.