Cinnamon Rolls With Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Pecan Sauce & A King Arthur Flour Giveaway!

I have loved King Arthur Flour long before I decided to force my way into the blog world.

I read the catalogues the way normal girls read Cosmo, curled up in bed with a glass of wine, pouring over each page. Not just for the products, but because it’s has always been obvious to me that this is a company that wants to help people learn to bake. Teach people how to make bread from scratch and the best cakes their kids have ever had.

This is important to a girl that managed to reach adulthood before ever eating homemade whipped cream or even seeing a plate of  macaroni and cheese that didn’t come out of a box. I had so much to learn, and still really appreciate the books, shows, and websites that helped answer my questions and feed my curiosity.

It was important to me to learn how to cook, not just how to put dinner on the table. I wanted to know how to bake yeast rolls from scratch, and I wanted to know what to do when things went wrong.

I found the Secret Ingredients section on King Arthur by accident and in the space of about 10 minutes my bread and chocolate cake recipes became exponentially better. I now knew the secret to rich chocolate cake and light, fluffy bread. It was like a gift.

I knew that chocolate cake recipes tended to call for coffee or espresso powder, but I just figured that the flavors went well together. It wasn’t until I read the King Arthur website that I learned espresso powder intensifies the flavors of chocolate without leaving any coffee flavors behind.  Espresso powder is now in every chocolate cake I bake.

And the dry milk powder has taken my dinner rolls and bread to new level. Whoever figured out that dry milk powder makes bread rise higher and with a more tender texture deserves a prize. It’s really a great tip, and one that I’ve used for years.

There is a huge flavor difference between the Vietnamese Cinnamon and the regular grocery store variety, it’s like Filet Mignon to Bologna. Vietnamese cinnamon is rich and smooth and bold, really worth trying is you want to cook with cinnamon, this on it’s own will bring your cinnamon roll recipe to a new level.

I have also become a loyalist to the All Purpose Baking Cocoa, which has a bit of a miss leading name. The name makes it sound so average and forgettable, and it far from that. Master or All Trades Cocoa is more accurate. It pulls double duty and fits brilliantly in recipes that call for Dutch Processed and recipes that call for regular unsweetened cocoa. Good quality cocoa is a must, it makes a huge difference over that grocery store stuff. If you are going to all the trouble to bake a chocolate cake from scratch, you really don’t want your efforts washed away with weak, bland cocoa powder. Get the good stuff, it makes a world of difference.

The good people at King Arthur have agreed to give away a basket of these fantastic ingredients, along with The Most Amazing Whisk Ever. It really is my new go-to, it gets the job done quickly, and nothing gets caught in it like with my traditional balloon whisk.

Here is what you’ll get:

Espresso Powder

Bakers Special Dry Milk Powder

The Most Amazing Dough Whisk Ever

All Purpose Baking Cocoa

Vietnamese Cinnamon



To Enter (open to USA addresses only):

Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to bake during the holidays.


Bonus Entires:

1. Like Domestic Fits on Facebook, leave a comment stating you did so.

2. Like King Arthur Flour on Facebook, leave a comment stating you did so.

3. Follow Domestic Fits on Twitter, leave a comment stating you did so.

4. Follow King Arthur Flour on Twitter, leave a comment stating you did so.


Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered

and congrats to the winner, #62 Shannon McClear!

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Contest Closes Monday, December 17th at Noon PST. Winner will be chosen at random.



Chocolate Stout Crinkle Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces (about 2 2/3 cups, chopped) good quality dark chocolate (60% cocao)
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Stout
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Makes 18 to 20


  1. In a bowl add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, espresso powder, and sugar, mix until well combined. Set aside
  2. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate, the butter and the oil. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until melted. Don't over heat or the chocolate will seize. Add the beer and stir.
  3. Add the eggs to the chocolate and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, some lumps are OK.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until the dough as has set, about 3 hours and up to 36. Overnight refrigeration is recommended.
  6. Preheat oven to 350. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.
  7. Using a cookie dough scoop, make balls just a bit smaller than golf balls, roll into shape with your hands. Place dough balls into powdered sugar, roll until well coated.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, add cookie balls
  9. Bake cookies at 350 for 8-11 minutes or until the edges have set but the center is still a bit soft. Don't over-bake or the cookies will be dry and crumbly.




120 thoughts on “Cinnamon Rolls With Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Pecan Sauce & A King Arthur Flour Giveaway!

  1. My favorite thing to bake during the holiday are gingerbread cupcakes with a pumpkin buttercream….they are amazing!!

  2. I used to read it in bed too! I haven’t gotten one in ages, though–have to rectify that. I don’t have any baking traditions (yet!), but I may pick up my mom’s tradition of cranberry nut bread. That way I won’t have to wait till she gives me a loaf to devour it!

  3. This is my dream giveaway! Every.single.item. I would use, love, and hoard 🙂

    Fave thing to bake this time of year is cookies or no-bake candy if that counts but my year-round (new) love is bread-making.

    Your rolls look amazing and I am just in love with K.A. products and have been for awhile. And I need to try the dry milk powder, stat.

  4. My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are cookies. My daughter’s have chosen special
    cookies that are very labor intense so I only make them one a year and that also makes them special. I look forward every year to making these cookies for my girls.

  5. maybe boring compared to some baked goods, but my favorite is tied: my classic farmhouse bread (SO good) and my mom’s fudge pie. It’s not the holidays without them both!

  6. I love baking anything that contains pumpkin (fresh or tinned). Almost all of my favorite pumpkin baked goods recipes are actually KAF recipes because they are practically foolproof. So, I agree that they really know what they are doing!

  7. One of my favorite things to bake during the holidays is baklava. It’s been a Christmas tradition in my family for a long time. It may be time intensive, but it’s delicious!

  8. The one thing I always have to have are the pecan snowballs our family always makes. The secret to the rich dough is that they are made with powdered sugar instead of regular sugar and real butter 🙂 YUM!!! I even made a gluten free version of these for my uncle that has celiac and they were the best cookies he has had since being diagnosed with celiac.

  9. I follow King Arthur on Twitter via @dreamwylde.

    Those cinnamon rolls look amazing! 🙂 Beautiful photography too. Neat whisk, I’ve never seen one like that before! I’ll have to check out the secret ingredients section, I’d definitely love to learn some tips on how to become a better and more consistent baker!

  10. My fav thing to bake during the holidays are my grandma’s sugar cookies. There’s nothing like a perfect homemade sugar cookie. I get all into the decorating too with buttercream, colored sugars.. It ends up being a work of art when I’m done! They sure do take a long time, but it’s worth the work.

  11. These rolls are heavenly! And that chocolate bourbon sauce – to die for! I want to slather that on anything and everything! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is gingerbread 🙂

  12. I love to bake sugar cookies with the kids and let them decorate. Typically we’re a little heavy on the sprinkles:).

  13. My favorite thing to make during the holidays are sour cream coffee cakes. My mom used to make them every year and the smell always reminds me of Christmas.

  14. I love baking all different things but I have to make my Grand Marnier Cranberry Orange Bread (of DOOM!) every year!

  15. My favorite thing to bake is cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I may need to try this recipe this year, though!

    I have already “liked” KAF on FB and I already subscribe to them on twitter- that’s how I found your blog post.

  16. My favorite thing to make is pies; chocolate pecan, meringue, cream,or custard. Well that and soft fresh from the oven dinner rolls. Or chocolate chip cookies with dark chocolate and dried cherries.

  17. I’m not the only one who reads the KAF catalog from cover to cover?! I bake brownie boxes as gifts for the holidays (6 types of brownies per box), and those are recepients’ favorites.

  18. Mmmmm all the best things rolled (lol! pun totally not intended) into one.

    I like making mexican wedding cookies (russian tea cookies)? So decadent tasting and easy but then they look like snowballs so festive!

  19. I love to bake little loaves of ginger bread and we also do biscottis.
    I love your recipe!! And the giveaway is a baker’s dream!! 🙂

  20. I love baking during the holidays, but I never seem to make anything the way I’m supposed to… Last year I set out to make russian tea cakes and instead ended up with nutty sugar cookies! They were delicious.

  21. My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are flourless chocolate cakes… served with fresh homemade whipped cream. Decadent and delicious!

  22. Well, I’m getting tired of making them, but my family loves for me to make homemade caramels each year. My favorite is to make cut-out cookies

  23. My favorite thing to bake is cookies for the holidays. When I’m strapped for time I do a bark. I will be doing a bark this year! 😉

    I have heard and read so much bout KAF but have never used it. I would LOVE to win all those items. Fingers crossed….randomly pick me!!!

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