Hot Cocoa Bundt

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This recipe caught my eye while I was searching for a good sticky bun recipe. (I still haven't found the right sticky bun recipe so if you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it.) Think of a cinnamon roll and then replace all the cinnamon and frosting with chocolate and that is what you have in this recipe. It smells divine while it is baking, your home will be filled with smells of hot chocolate and warm bread just in time for the cold season. It is best served warm and needs to be covered well to keep leftovers from going stale; but you may not have any leftovers because it is so delicious. It does not cut well because it is so moist, so don't try to slice it like a cake with a knife; it pulls apart like monkey bread! Each little bundle has a chocolate surprise in the center.

Serves: 10 servings
Start to Finish: 1 hour to prep and cook + 1 hour for rolls to rise
Recipe By: Taste of Home Magazine, Rhodes Rolls


24 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold (the more they warm up the stickier they are to handle)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (the milk chocolate are good if you like it really rich)
1/2 cup hot cocoa mix
1/4 cup pecans
2/3 cup toffee bits
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar


1. Cut rolls in half.
2. Wrap each half around 1 teaspoon chocolate chips and completely enclose (approximately 10 chocolate chips per bundle).
3. Dip each bundle in cocoa mix until well coated.
4. Combine pecans and toffee bits.
5. Alternately place bundles and toffee bit mixture in a large bundt pan, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
6. Sprinkle any remaining cocoa mix over rolls.
7. Combine butter and brown sugar in a small microwave safe bowl.
8. Microwave 30 seconds.
9. Stir until completely combined and pour over rolls.
10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until almost to the top of the pan (approximately 1 hour)
11. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.
12. Cover with foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
13. Invert immediately onto serving platter (Be Careful! The topping is very hot and runny still and will likely spill all over the place when you invert the pan. You could wait a few minutes for it to harden up).