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    Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Buns

      Servings:   1 dozen

    Ingredients

      2-14 cups all-purpose flour
      2 tablespoons granulated sugar
      1 teaspoon baking powder
      14 teaspoon baking soda
      14 teaspoon salt
      1 cup buttermilk
      5 tablespoons butter, melted & divided
      1 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips, divided
      14 cup light brown sugar
      12 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      4 ounces cream cheese, softened
      2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together buttermilk and butter.
    3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together. Transfer mixture to a lightly floured surface and knead until dough becomes smooth (dough will be sticky at first).
    4. Make filling: Finely chop 1/2 cup Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and combine with sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well.
    5. Roll out dough into a 12x8-inch rectangle and spread with filling, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Gently press into the dough. Roll lengthwise so you have a 12-inch long log and cut into 12, 1-inch pieces.
    6. Grease a mini muffin tin and place each cinnamon roll in a space. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing.
    7. Melt remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on high for 20 seconds.
    8. Stir and continue to heat in 15- to 20-second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth. Beat cream cheese in a mixer until creamy. Add chocolate and confectioners’ sugar and beat until fluffy and combined.
    9. Spread or pipe frosting on top of mini cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.

    Prep: 15 minutes
    Total: 1 hour 15 minutes