Where in the World is Bakingdom? Chocolate Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls with Nutella Ganache [Giveaway]

**Don’t forget to guess where my family is moving, for a chance to win a fun prize.**Happy Leap Day!!

What are your plans for using your invisibility today? Cause it’s like today isn’t even a for real day. It’s like it doesn’t even exist. You can practically do anything today and nobody will ever know, because today is just a pretend day anyway.

I haven’t entirely figured out if Leap Day is like Opposite Day, or if it’s just, like, we’re sort of all just dreaming that it’s happening, but I am 99% for sure that it isn’t real life. I need to research it more, to be sure, but there’s only been nine Leap Days in my whole life, so far, and I can’t remember the first two at all, because one of them was just 10 days after I was born, and I was only a toddler for the other. The next two after that are pretty hazy, too, so I’m really only working with 5 days of research here, and that’s practically nothing.

Originally, my plan today was to do extensive research into the powers of invisibility that I believe Leap Day extends to everyone.

Except…I have to get a root canal for lunch (worst lunch ever).

And there’s no way you can ever pretend that a root canal wasn’t for real happening or never existed.

I am not happy about this.

Not that anyone is ever happy about having to go get a root canal.

I’ve never met anyone who was all, “WOO HOO! Did you hear the great news?! I’m getting a ROOT CANAL! YAY for me!!”

Nope. (Well, except maybe for Bill Murray’s crazy character on Little Shop of Horrors, but somehow I think that doesn’t count.)

See, I broke a tooth the other day, through no fault of my own, I might add. I don’t have any cavities, and even where the tooth had broken, there was no decay. It was just a bad luck moment on a bad luck day.

But there’s trauma to the pulp. Goody for me. And Mr. Dentist doesn’t believe it’s the kind that will heal before I get my crown on Friday. Double goody.

I know it’s for the best, in the long run, but …

I’m really scared.

I can’t help it…


There’s no hope for me. My Day of Invisibility is stolen. There’s still hope for you, though. Save yourselves. Solve today’s “Where in the World is Bakingdom?” Clue #2, comment to try to win some NutsOnline.com cashola, and then have one of the most delicious cinnamon rolls of all time that you will ever encounter in the history of ever. The end.

These cinnamon rolls are of the super easy, make them in 10 steps, no-rising-necessary variety. You know…the kind I like to make around here. 🙂

All you need for them is some amazing filling, an easy, delicious dough, and a to-die-for frosting and you’ve got crazy good breakfast in about 40 minutes. Boom.

The filling for these (best ever out of any cinnamon roll in the world ever) is made up of brown sugar, chopped hazelnuts, cinnamon, sugar, semi-sweet chips, and unsalted butter. You can substitute margarine, though, and vegan chips, for a vegan/dairy free version, too (woo hoo!).

I got my hazelnuts from Nuts Online… Well, not Nuts Online anymore…just Nuts.com now.

Anyway. I’ve used Nuts.com for well over a year now and I love them. I’ve gotten hazelnuts (this time I got the pre-blanched, pre-peeled nuts because I’m lazy and they were only $1 more), pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), pumpkin spice malted milk balls, fudge, chocolate covered espresso beans, and chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Plus lots more nuts and seeds that I can’t even remember.

Easy step 1: Combine all of the dry filling ingredients, then stir in the butter until well combined. Set aside.

The dough is made up of all-purpose flour, ground hazelnuts, buttermilk (vegan versions available, or add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to dairy free milk), unsalted butter (or margarine), baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

Easy step 2: Mix everything together.

Easy step 3: Flatten the dough into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle, smear on some melted butter, press on (all) of the yummy filling.

Easy step 4: Starting with the short side, roll the dough tightly and place it seam side down, then cut it into eight pieces.

Easy step 5: Place the rolls in a greased pan and brush them with a little more melted butter.

Easy step 6: Bake the rolls.

Hard step 1: Do not eat the rolls until you have iced them.

The icing for these is the least difficult icing you’ll ever make. All you need is heavy cream and Nutella. Or you can use milk. Or dairy free milk. Your call.

Easy step 7: Mix the cream and Nutella together until smooth and drizzle-worthy.

Hard step 2: Don’t eat all of the icing right out of the bowl before you ice the rolls.

Easy step 8: Drizzle all of the icing over the cinnamon rolls while they’re still warm.

Easy step 9: Dig in.

I couldn’t resist these rolls. Not for a second. It’s no secret that I have a major crush on chocolate and hazelnuts, so these little beauties were my BFFs for sure. The rolls are light, sweet, and delicious, with spicy, chocolaty, nutty, wonderful filling, and the perfect finish of Nutella ganache. The fact that they’re fast and easy to make only adds to their tastiness. Plus, they can be prepared, up to the baking point, the day before, and refrigerated until ready to bake. Just be sure to let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking them.

Easy step 10: Enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls [Printable Version]
Makes 8 rolls


3/4 cup (191 grams) brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
3/4 cup (105 grams) hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer mini chips)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)

2 1/2 cups (318 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (70 grams) ground hazelnuts
3 tablespoons (38 grams) sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk (can use vegan substitute)
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)

To make the filling: Combine all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until the mixture looks like wet sand. Set aside.

To make the dough: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (220 C). Brush a 9-inch cake pan with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, hazelnuts, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the buttermilk and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, and stir until just combined. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth (it may still be soft and a little sticky, but will be smoother and less lumpy). If the mixture is too sticky or wet, place in a lightly floured bowl, cover, and chill for 20 minutes.

Flatten the dough into a rectangle about 12 X 8 inches. Pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter on and spread around with your fingers. Pour the filling over the dough and spread it evenly over the top, leaving about a 1/2 inch or so border around the outside edge. Press the filling down to pack it on top of the dough.

Starting on the short side of the dough, roll the dough up, pressing as you go, to create a tightly rolled log (be gentle, as this may stick to the counter a bit). Pinch the seam closed and lay the log seam side down. Cut into 8 even pieces, and transfer each roll to the prepared cake pan. Brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack set over parchment paper.

Nutella Ganache [Printable Version]


6 ounces Nutella
1/4 cup (63 ml)heavy cream, more or less

In a medium bowl, stir the Nutella with 2 tablespoons of cream. Mix until the mixture is smooth. If it is too thick, add more cream, a tablespoon at a time, to loosen it up (if you need more than 1/4 cup, just continue adding more in small bits).

Pour the icing over the rolls and serve them warm.

These will keep in an airtight container for about 3 days.

Recipes by Darla

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  1. says

    You’re killing me here! I haven’t had a really good cinnamon roll in such a long time and now you’ve added chocolate and hazelnuts to it. And the sad thing is I’m almost out the door because I have to go to school, so I can’t make these right this instant.

    Hmm… Today I will guess that you are in the opposite direction of what I said last time. I think you are more towards the north west of the US. Like in Oregon or Washington or something.

    And don’t be scared. You can eat pudding afterwards right? Soft food is good after getting root canal…isn’t it?

  2. says

    Sorry about your tooth! I’m confused now, I think you’re headed to the coast between WA and OR. I was wrong in my last post, your hubby is a Coastie, which means you could be anywhere in that area, but I know you are definitely going to be somewhere in the PNW. It’s beautiful there, my homestate is WA and I miss it, although not the rain, because FL where I live has more rain I think than WA ever thought of! Ok, so definitive guess is Lower WA coast.
    Good Luck!

  3. says

    How do you not weight 500lbs? Do just not eat what you make? If so can I borrow your self discipline? I went running for the first time in two years last night and then proceeded to eat a HEAPing bowl of spaghetti AND a bowl of lucky charms cereal.

  4. Kara says

    North Pacific! Or more specifically, Washington State!! I hope I’m right (for your sake and mine)! I have always wanted to go there and will be pretty envious of you!!

  5. Erika says

    Don’t stress the root canal. They use a fancy computerized numbing machine, and you don’t really get the blubbery lips anymore. So, not fun, but not too traumatic.

    And I think you’re going to the Pacific Northwest.

  6. Sugargirl says

    Ok I know I already guessed region on Monday, but now I am narrowing down my guess (that is allowed right?) I am guessing you are moving to Oregon! If your husband is Coast guard that would mean North Bend most likely. If you are moving to Oregon I am excited, I am a native born and raised Southern Oregonian (I promise I am not a creepy stalker and I don’t expect you to be my new besty or anything, I just love it here!) There are awesome things about Oregon, like Dutch Brothers Coffee, the people are super friendly, it is incredibly beautiful and the rain, we have lots and lots of rain!(We even have a rainbow season!)
    Also, those rolls look incredibly good!

  7. says

    Pacific North-West (which means that if there’s a zombie apocalypse you should head north; I live on an island in Canada and you’re welcome in my fallout shelter… which I have to build… under my apartment building without my building managers finding out. You know what? You should probably just stay put… unless you have your own yacht.)

    And I plan to spend the day playing frogger. Isn’t that what everyone does on a leap year?

  8. Andrea says

    I’m 99% sure you’re moving to Oregon! (yay google!!) PNW FTW!! I can’t wait to make these rolls, they look absolutely delicious. You’re blog rocks, it’s the first place I go to on the interwebs when I want to make something tasty <3

  9. Mary Katherine says

    Okay…so my last guess was Oregon. I’m gonna stick with that. Hazelnuts grow in the Northwest, like Oregon and Washington. Still really hoping I’m right!

    Also, this recipe looks amazing!!

  10. Laura says

    Easy steps and hard steps. I had to laugh. These look simply delish and I will have to make them Sunday for my weekly Day-to-Not-Eat-Healthy day. Although it has nuts and chocolate *is* technically good for you… hmm.

  11. Rosa says

    I’m sticking with Northwest – Oregon/Washington state area. Yesterday’s marionberry (which wasn’t in the actual recipe, but in the name) and today’s hazelnut makes me more sure.

  12. Theresa says

    Okay, I have no idea but why not try right?

    I’m going to guess Oregon, the northwestern (pacific) region of the US due to the fact they are well known for hazelnuts and blackberries.

    Also have fun!!!!! 🙂

  13. Marcie says

    Hazelnuts? Chocolate? Cinnamon rolls? Are you in my head or something?! This sounds incredible. My mouth is watering and I’m desperately trying to think of excuses for why I shouldn’t make this right now and blow my diet.

    As for where you are moving to, last post I was pretty sure the west coast, but now I’m thinking central US.

  14. says

    I’m probably way off but with the cinnamon rolls, chocolate, and blackberry clues I’m going to guess you’re moving to the South. South on the east coast that is. GA, SC, NC, AL, LA something like that lol

    But on another note, I adore these Cinnamon rolls! I posted about cinnamon rolls today too, and have a giveaway! Good Day for a nice warm gooey cinnamon bun too!

  15. says

    Hi Darla! That looks amazingly delicious, and I can not wait to try it! If my mama was alive I’m pretty certain this would be her most favorite thing, ever. We both share an intense love for hazelnuts 🙂 Chocolate and hazelnuts are even better!

    My guess as to where you are moving to is the Pacific Northwest. Haha, hope I guessed correctly!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  16. Sam says

    This is getting interesting. I can’t wait to see where you’re moving. I think I’m going to guess New Jersey this time. I really have no clue.

  17. Sarah says

    Has to be Oregon! Since hazelnuts are the state nut and marionberries are a hybrid berry that was developed in Oregon. Hopefully you are moving to my hometown Portland! It is the best 🙂 These cinnamon rolls look to die for

  18. says

    First, I feel your pain on the root canal. I had one myself a long time ago, and last year finally got a crown for it (which no one had ever told me I needed before). I hope that it goes well for you and that you recover quickly.

    Second, based on the blackberries and hazelnuts, my guess is the Pacific Northwest. That’s where I’m from, and those are some local ingredients.

    Finally, I have got to try those rolls! Nutella and hazelnuts…yummmmm…

  19. Rachel says

    I’m still going to go with Washington/ Oregon. These look awesome- I love Nutella! My bestie is bringing her family to visit in a couple weeks, these will be great for breakfast!

  20. Cathy says

    ouch! so sorry about your root canal. that totally sucks. and wow! that looks freakin’ delicious! can i come over? 🙂

    i’m still sticking with my guess of the Pacific Northwest region. Oregon is “known” for blackberries AND hazelnuts. well, now it is anyways. i had to look it up to be sure!

    even if i dont win, this is so fun!

  21. Karen says

    I didn’t want to ruin all the fun by guessing, but I will anyway 😉 hehe. OREGON!! And I’m so excited for you because I hear it’s awesome and I’ve never been!! 🙂
    p.s. these cinnamon rolls look amazing and I am drooling all over my computer right now!

  22. Kim C. says

    OMG! They look so DELICIOUS!! I’ve always made the yeasted cinnamon rolls but I’ve been wanting to make the non-yeasted kind for awhile. I think this recipe is a sign that I need to fix that and make these ASAP. And its a major plus that there’s chocolate and hazelnuts!! 😀

    My guess for Where in the World is Bakingdom is Oregan.


  23. says

    It looks so amazing and delicious! A great twist on traditional cinnamon rolls! A crunchy filling and Nutella a top, sounds like perfection! Just looking at the pictures is making my mouth water! This is definitely going on my “MUST MAKE SOON!” list. 😉

    Also, good luck at your tooth and the dentist. @_@ Hope it all goes well and gets better soon!

    As for the contest… Well, hazelnuts in the US are predominately produced in Oregon and Washington, so I am once again guessing the Pacific, or Pacific Northwest to be more specific. 🙂

  24. TaraAnn says

    Okay it’s got to be the Pacific Northwest?! My gut is screaming Oregon while I drool over the marionberry recipe from yesterday & the hazelnuts in today’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe!! Btw – your photos are just amazing and I love the step by step (which helps me check myself during baking!) Thank you!! Also, Good luck at the dentist – root canals are NO fun but keep baking, the smells will help you forget about the pain?!

  25. Donna D. says

    I hope your root canal went well, I’ve had one and totally was freaked about it before hand but the worst part was just having to lay there in an awkward position for so long. The part that could have been the worst was he didn’t numb the area enough but ended up okay because as soon as I knew I quickly said “ungh angh uh” and the situation was remedied 🙂
    I’m so excited to make these rolls, they look so delicious!!
    I’m still going with Pacific Northwest since it appears the hazelnuts/nutella are the shining ingredients in these rolls!

  26. says

    Being in the middle of the ocean and six time zones away from the east coast, I seriously doubt I’m the first, but I just have to say I’m so excited for you guys. Oregon is absolutely beautiful. You guys are going to LOVE it! I can’t wait to hear your about all of your adventures.

  27. Jaycee says

    Umm, I have family in Oregon, and they’re always picking hazelnuts? So Oregon maybe? Like the western of the U.S? By the way, the cinnamon rolls are to-die-for! Loove nutella!


    I’ve been a longtime admirer of your website, but am not a blogger nor am I a talented baker, but more consider myself an “undercover”baker or “wannabe”,but this is my first ever comment..EVER,ANYWHERE.
    and so,for my guess where youll be headed is….Alabama?

  29. Baker-in-Training says

    Even though I’ve already guessed, I think I can narrow it down to two states in the northwest. But that is my official region guess.

  30. Suzanne Galanty says

    Ooooh! Hope you’re feeling better! Root canals can be awful!
    Ok- I know you’re moving to Oregon for sure now! Hazelnuts are primarily grown in Oregon in the US. I sure hope I win!!! Love all your Harry Potter recipes and aprons, by the way! My kids are in love with your awesome ideas!

  31. Chandra says

    My guess is the pacific northwest.

    Hope the surgery went well and wishing you a speedy recovery. (I’m pretty scared of a root canal too).

  32. Carly says

    I have a query about these and your other cinnamon rolls; when I made them and put them together in a pan (easy step 5!), they cooked fine on the outside but the parts where they touched each other became a big doughy mess that wouldve have required much longer cooking times. I was forced to take them all out and cook them so the swirl was on the sides, which made them collapse and not be as pretty. Still tasted awesome, but I was wondering what I can do to stop them joining into a dough monster.

  33. Jackie says

    I am becoming increasingly convinced that you’re moving to the Pacific Northwest (Washington/Oregon/ish area).

    My sympathies on your root canal! I hope it wasn’t too awful…

  34. Kristina says


    I’m still guessing the Pacific Northwest (Oregon or Washington, but I’m leaning towards Oregon either way, they are ideal places for the Coast Guard)

  35. Lindsey L says

    I suspected Oregon after your last post, but now I feel confident you are in the Pacific Northwest, and hopefully the State of Oregon, like me!

  36. Alexandra says

    Wowzers did you pull out all the stops with this recipe. Looks delicious!

    Think think think, Hazelnuts and Blackberries. You’re defiantly headed to Oregon, but what city? I’m going to guess Newport Oregon.

  37. Chantelle says

    You just don’t want me to eat anything connected to this giveaway huh? Blackberries = sadly my tongue doesn’t like them. Nuts of any kind = RIP. lol no worries though, you always have great stuff (fingers crossed for firefly cookies still haha), I’m making your peanut butter sandwiches next week for my dads bday, despite the fact that once again its a recipe I can’t try. Shows just how much I love him 😉
    Hmm… my last guess was west coast because of the blackberries, and I think this recipe may center on hazelnuts which would still be west coast

  38. Tiffany S says

    I’m guessing Oregon?
    I wish you could mail these to me! I am a cinnamon roll fanatic!
    Plus you added in chocolate and nutella! Double love 😀

  39. Alice Gearhart says

    Oregon, for sure. Coastal, I’m assuming. North Bend maybe? There’s a town in Oregon called Gearhart that I hear is quite lovely.

  40. Emily says

    Hey Darla! I keep meaning to ask you where you get a lot of your not-so-easy-to-find ingredients! I’m in a pretty remote area myself (think Area 51!) and it’s really hard to find some of the items in your recipes. Is there a good place to order online that won’t cost an arm and a leg to get some of those things?

  41. Terri says

    It is looking like you get to move to the Northwest, like Washington State?????? I hope that is correct because I think you will have an absolutely wonderful time there! I love your website. I haven’t baked in a very long time and you have inspired me to reacquaint myself with my kitchen. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and delightful creations. 🙂

  42. Becky says

    Hmm, marionberries and hazelnuts? I’m guessing Oregon, or I guess just the Northwest in general. Which is cool – I’m thinking of heading to WA later this year! 🙂

  43. says

    I am so craving those rolls right now … Even thought it’s nearly 1AM in France … It would be so bad to bake them right now … Right ? Maybe I will just eat some Nutella by the spoon before to go to bed until I can bake them tomorrow …

  44. Liz Ramamurthy says

    These look delicious and gorgeous!!! You must be moving to the pacific northwest region of the US. Probably Oregon by the looks of it – happy trails and I can’t wait to make those sweet rolls! Thanks for posting!

  45. beautydeleon says

    Oh my Gosh! I might forget that I am on diet today! This recipe makes me shout “Forget your diet, eat it!” Lol! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  46. Theriz26 says

    Wow! They look so delicious. I would love to give this a try. Thanks for the mouthwatering recipe and for the procedure that you’ve shared with us here.

  47. Linda says

    Hi there,
    I started reading about the recent copyright issue regarding Pinterest. I do not want in any way to infringe copyright. I’m going through ALL of my pins now and checking whether the source pages have a pin it link and then I want to check with them that it’s ok to pin their images. So, in the interest of this issue, could I ask for permission to pin this recipe?

    Thank you!

  48. says

    OMG! I´ve made nutella rolls once before, but I didn´t think of stuffing them with delicious hazelnut-filling! But I looove hazelnuts, so why didn´t I think of that….? I need to make them again! 😉