Coffee Peanut Butter Sweet Rolls | #SpringSweetsWeek

Hello, friends! I am excited to provide you a bit of escapism in the form of these ooey-gooey coffee peanut butter sweet rolls.

Today’s coffee sweet roll recipe features Door County Coffee. Thanks, Door County friends!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of my recipes. All opinions are my own.

pan of 12 glazed sweet rolls with a packet of coffee in the background

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Making the Dough

This dough is a straight dough, which pretty much means that all the ingredients go into the pool at one time.

I do make a couple of concessions about the order I add things, though.

Yeast does not like salt, so I make sure to put the salt in first with some of the wet ingredients (eggs, egg yolks, and melted butter, in this instance), dump on all the flour, and add the yeast on top before pouring in the coffee.

Yes, coffee. I usually like to use buttermilk in my sweet rolls, but this time, I used double strength coffee from one of our sponsors, Door County Coffee.

They have a ton of different flavors, and their “Peanut Butter Crunch” flavor inspired me to make what was going to be cinnamon rolls into peanut butter sweet rolls!

At any rate, just add all the ingredients to your mixer in the order I specify, and you will be good to go. Promise!

Rising and Rolling

4 images showing risen dough, pressing out the gases, and rolling the dough out into a rectangle
The dough gets a beautiful almost amber color, thanks to the coffee and egg yolk in the recipe. It’s very easy to work with, especially after refrigeration.

Once you have your dough all beautifully made and kneaded, form it into a ball, spray the top, cover it, and let it rise very slowly in the fridge for at least 8 and up to 24 hours.

It will have gotten noticeably bigger, but it might not be doubled in size.

In the photo above, you can see the risen dough, and then the next three steps:

  1. turning out the dough onto a clean work surface and pressing out all the gases (otherwise known as “punching down.”)
  2. starting to roll out the dough into a rectangular shape, and
  3. the finished rectangle, about 18″ long and maybe 14-16″ tall.

How to Mix And Spread the Filling

collage showing how to spread the peanut butter filling on the dough and roll it up

The filling is very easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients together until evenly combined.

That’s peanut butter, brown sugar, softened cream cheese, melted butter, a pinch of salt and some optional coffee extract.

You can see how I just dotted the surface of the dough with the filling and then spread it out from edge to edge, keeping about 1 1/2″ clear at the far end.

After rolling the dough up, just pinch the seam together as well as you can.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t completely seal. They won’t unroll because all the rolls will press on each other as they rise and bake.

How to Cut Twelve Even Rolls

I have used both dental floss and a good serrated knife to cut cinnamon rolls and sweet rolls. Either will work.

This time, I used a serrated knife and was perfectly happy with the results. The chilled dough stands up well as long as you saw with the knife and don’t press it straight down.

Here’s how I cut mine to get the most even slices I can:

collage of 4 images showing cutting the sweet rolls in 12 even slices
  1. First, I cut off the two ends, which aren’t very even.
  2. Then I cut the log of dough in half, and the halves in half so I have 4 even pieces of dough.
  3. Cut each quarter of the log into 3 even slices, and voila! 12 rolls!
  4. Place them evenly in your non-stick pan. You do not have to grease the pan.

Secrets to a Good Rise

My favorite way to ensure the rolls rise beautifully is to make them a cozy place in the microwave.

collage of 2 images. 1 showing a mug and a covered pan in a microwave the other, risen sweet rolls
Look how much they expand during the rise. I gave mine 1 1/2 hours, and then they rise even more in the oven.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. fill a mug with water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in the microwave.
  3. Carefully move the mug over to the side, and then slide in your covered pan of rolls and close the door.

And that’s how you make a homemade proof box!

If the second rise takes over an hour, you may have to remove your rolls for a minute so you can reheat the water to keep your proof box nice and warm and humid.

Streusel and Baking

The streusel was my friend Brandy’s genius idea. She is the mind and cook behind Nutmeg Nanny, and her Amish Peanut Butter Pie uses little peanut butter and powdered sugar “nuggets.”

She suggested I give it a try, and I was all in.

I really love the way the nuggets bake up into sweet, slightly crunchy, peanut butter streusel. They’re much more delicate than regular streusel, which is made with sugar and flour.

4 images showing making peanut butter streusel, putting it on the risen rolls, and the rolls just out of the oven

The peanut butter “streusel” is very easy to make in a mixer or with a hand mixer. Just mix up peanut butter, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, and a tiny bit of (optional) coffee extract.

Spread the sweet peanut buttery nuggets all over the tops of the rolls. If some falls down in between the rolls, that’s completely okay.

Bake them for about 35 minutes and just look how gorgeous they are and how much they rise in the oven!

Let them cool, and then glaze them. You can let the glaze set up for a couple of hours, but if you can’t wait, I won’t blame you. I mean, look:

pan of glazed and streusel topped rolls with a pack of Door County Coffee in peanut butter crunch flavor

Need a Gluten-Free Version?

My friend Sandi from Fearless Dining can hook you up with some gluten free cinnamon rolls with a peanut butter glaze you’re going to love.

A Note About Measurements

NOTE: Most of my recipes are written by weight and not volume, even the liquids.

Even though I try to provide you with volume measurements as well, I encourage you to buy a kitchen scale for ease of measuring, accuracy, and consistency.

This is the scale I use, love, and recommend:

I really hope you love these sweet rolls, you guys!

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Thanks, and enjoy! And don’t forget to keep scrolling to find the other recipes and to enter the contest, friends. Take care.

Peanut Butter Sweet Rolls Recipe

Peanut Butter Sweet Rolls Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rise/Fridge Time: 1 days
Total Time: 1 days 1 hour 15 minutes

These sweet rolls are made with sponsor Door County Coffee in the dough and in the glaze. The filling is a gooey mixture of brown sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese, and melted butter. You'll love the sweet little nuggets of peanut buttery streusel on top, and you won't want to miss the cream cheese coffee glaze.

The long, slow overnight rise--which you can push to 24 hours if necessary--gives to plenty of down time to do other things. After you pull the dough from the fridge, roll it out, spread on the filling, roll, slice, add the streusel, bake, and then glaze.

All in all, these coffee peanut butter sweet rolls are rich, gooey, something a little bit different, and perfect to share for brunch or whenever a comforting peanut butter smackerel is necessary.

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 oz brown sugar
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, melted and cooled to warm
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (I use Morton's)
  • 20 oz bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 6 oz double strength coffee, cooled to warm (I used Door County in Peanut Butter Crunch)

For the Filling

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • 2 oz cream cheese at room temperature (1/4 block)
  • 2 oz butter, melted (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee extract, optional

For the Peanut Butter Streusel

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coffee extract

For the Glaze

  • 2 oz cream cheese at room temperature (1/4 block)
  • 1 oz butter at room temperature (2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 teaspoons double strength coffee, or enough to make a glaze the consistency you like

Instructions

For the Dough

  1. Place the eggs, yolks, brown sugar, melted butter, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer and whisk by hand until combined.
  2. Dump in all the flour followed by the yeast.
  3. Pour on the cooled coffee.
  4. Fit your mixer with the dough hook and mix on low until the dough comes together, about 2 minutes.
  5. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is soft and smooth and very stretchy, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Form the dough into a smooth ball, place it back in the bowl, and spray the exposed dough with pan spray.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lint-free kitchen towel and refrigerate for 8 hours and up to 24 hours.

To Shape and Bake

  1. Pull the dough out of the fridge, turn it out onto a clean work surface, and press out all the gases.
  2. Use a rolling pin to roll it into a rectangle about 18 inches on the long side and 12-14" on the short. Take your time.
  3. Spread out the filling evenly on the dough, leaving about 1 1/2" of dough clear on the long end away from you.
  4. Roll up the dough into a jelly roll. Use a bench knife for some help if you need it.
  5. Pinch the seam together as best you can.
  6. Cut off either end of the roll to even it up.
  7. Slice the remaining dough log into equal pieces by first cutting the log in half, cutting the halves in half, and then cutting each piece into thirds.
  8. Place in a 9 x 13 pan, 3 across the short way and 4 down.
  9. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours, or until nice and puffy and almost doubled.
  10. During the last 30 minutes of the rise, preheat oven to 350F.
  11. Once the rolls are nicely risen, sprinkle evenly with the peanut butter streusel.
  12. Bake for 30=35 minutes until the rolls are deeply golden brown and well risen. The internal temperature in the center should be at least 195F.
  13. Remove from the oven. Cool to barely warm before glazing.
  14. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Microwave each roll for a few seconds before serving.

For the Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all the filling ingredients together until evenly combined.

For the Peanut Butter Streusel

  1. Place all the ingredients together in the bowl of your stand mixer (or in a bowl and using a hand mixer) and mix with the paddle attachment (or your beaters if using a hand mixer) until you get soft crumbles.

For the Coffee Glaze

  1. MIx the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add the coffee, a bit at a time, and mix until you get a nice glaze consistency.




Notes

Can I Make a Half Recipe?


If you only want or need 6 rolls, feel free to half the recipe, especially if you have a smaller 4.5 quart mixer.

You'll be fine to simply cut each measurement in half, including the yeast.

Rising


Once you make the dough, you can refrigerate it for up to 24 hours if you need to. But give it at least 8 hours for a nice, cold rise.

Freezing


Cut the rolls apart and freeze on a sheet until firm. Then wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to a month.

Thaw at room temperature overnight or in the microwave on medium power.

For best results, freeze them before glazing. Allow to come to room temperature before glazing. Let the glaze set up for about an hour and then heat each roll for a few seconds in the microwave.

© Jenni Field
Cuisine: American / Category: Sweet Yeast Breads
close up of an iced roll on a blue plate

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