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Can you believe that Thanksgiving will be here in less than two weeks?!? After that it is Christmas and poof, the years is done. I seriously don't know where the year has gone.
Last year, one of our family resolutions was to give back as much as possible. It has been an amazing experience and has opened us up to so much more. We have done things such as beach cleanings, volunteering at the retirement home and participated in numerous food drives. Did you know that essential items such as milk are not typically donated to food banks, despite being in such high demand? Since we have a food bank close to our home, every time we are at the store we pick up a couple of extra gallons of milk and drop them off for someone in need.
If you do not have a food bank near you but you still want to help, for a small donation at pourmilklove.com, The Great American Milk Drive will deliver a gallon of milk. Or, if you are like me and like to create a holiday themed candy bar with M&M’s®, you can simply purchase 2 bags of M&M’s® at Walmart (9.4 oz bags or larger) and up to a gallon of milk will be donated to the drive! There is even a coupon available to save $1.00 off of two packages of M&M's® Chocolate Candies, 8 oz or larger.
My kids decided this year that Santa must be tired of cookies and that we should leave him something else. I think that they are thinking that this may add them some bonus points. So we decided to test out a few recipes and these Hot Chocolate Rolls were the winner!
This roll recipe is super easy to make and tastes just like a cake due to the box of Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix we added. We then coated the dough with melted butter, cocoa powder, and M&M's® Hot Chocolate.
Once baked, we coated them with a chocolate glaze and of course more M&M’s®! We decided that we will serve Santa a big plate of these rolls and a cup of hot chocolate. To be honest, if I were Santa I think that I may just give them those bonus points 😉
For more fun recipes with these ingredients, go here! Enjoy!
- 5 and ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 (18 ounce) package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
- 4 and ½ teaspoons fast acting yeast
- 2 1 ?2 cups warm milk (120 to 130 degrees)
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup M&M's® Hot Chocolate
- 6 tablespoons butter , melted
- 1 ?4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ?4 cup milk
- 2 -2 1 ?2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- M &M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate for garnish
Heat milk to about 120 degrees in a pan or the microwave. You want it warm, but not hot.
Add yeast and sugar, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Once yeast has started to foam, add cake mix and flour.
Using your hands or the hook attachment on your Kitchen Aid mixer, knead dough until it forms a ball that no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
Generously spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place dough in bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it double in size (about an hour) in a cool dark place.
Once it has doubled in size, punch it down.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a large rectangle, about an ½ inch thick.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cocoa powder and M&M's® Hot Chocolate.
Tightly roll the the dough, starting with the long side and pinching the edges together at the end.
Cut rolls into 20-24 slices and place into 2 well greased baking pans.
Allow rolls to rise again in a cool dark place for about 30 minutes.
When rolls have once again doubled in size, bake at 400 degrees for 10-14 minutes.
Allow to cool while making the glaze.
To make the glaze combine melted butter, cocoa powder, milk, and powdered sugar, whisk until smooth.
Once rolls have cooled for about 5 minutes, pour glaze over rolls and garnish with extra M&M's®.