How to Make Beautiful Chocolate Pinecone Bread Rolls

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Christmas is one of my favourite baking seasons because of all the fragrant goodies coming out of the oven. These chocolate pinecone bread rolls fit right in!

With a super soft and fluffy crumb and a crispy exterior from all the little cuts, they have a unique texture. Flavoured with cocoa, enriched with butter, egg, and sour cream the flavour is chocolatey and sweet. You could even fold in a whole piece of chocolate when shaping them so that they have a chocolate centre.

This must be one of the simplest recipes. Even a complete beginner can make these with ease. And if you are not into pinecones, then add a pair of googly eyes to the rolls after baking to make a bunch of hedgehogs 😊

Watch the video down below for detailed instructions.


For the dough

225g (8oz) strong white bread flour

25g (0.9oz) cocoa powder

30g (1oz) sugar

4g (0.14oz) instant dry yeast or 4.8g (0.16oz) active dry yeast or 12g (0.42oz) fresh yeast

5g (0.17oz) salt

20g (0.7oz) soft butter

20g (0.7oz) sour cream or crème fraiche

1 egg, around 50g (1.75oz)

75g (2.7oz) milk

The sour cream, egg, and milk should be cold. To learn more about dough temperature control click here.


1 egg for brushing


For the glaze –

20g (0.7oz) water

20g (0.7oz) sugar

I also sprinkled the rolls with some edible glitter for a sparkly finish. This is optional.


  1. In a large bowl combine the milk, yeast, salt, sugar, cocoa powder, butter, egg, and sour cream. Mix well to dissolve the salt and sugar. Add the flour and mix to a dough.
  2. Tip the dough out on the table and knead for 5 minutes. *Desired dough temperature 26C (79F). If your dough is warmer, then it will ferment more rapidly. If it is cooler, then it will take longer. Adjust proofing time accordingly.
  3. Cover and ferment for 3 hours or until almost doubled in size.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and pre-shape.
  5. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Shape the pinecones. See video.
  7. Place them on a non-stick paper lined tray. Cover and ferment for 2 hours. *During the final hour of fermentation preheat your oven to 160C (320F) fan on.
  8. Brush the rolls with egg and score them with scissors.
  9. Bake for 23 minutes.
  10. As soon as they come out the oven brush them with the hot sugar syrup.


Leave to cool down and enjoy!

Check out some more festive bakes in the ‘Breads of Christmas’ playlist on my channel.


Keep in mind that the conditions in each kitchen are different, so fermentation times may vary for you. It is up to the baker to control the bread and react accordingly.

Your oven may be different too, so your baking time may vary.

Watch the video here

Understanding the principles of bread making will let you be in complete control every time you make bread. It will reduce the failure rate and turn you into an even more confident home baker.

I highly recommend you check out the Learning page where I have detailed, easy to understand explanations on each step of the bread baking process and the principles behind it. You can find all the equipment I use and recommend in the Shop (UK) & Shop (US) pages.

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  1. Amy Poopatanapong

    I am new to baking bread and I have made this recipe three times now! It’s a wonderfully easy recipe for a beginner and the YouTube video is highly informative and helps with shaping the pine cones. The pine cones are absolutely adorable and very tasty. One my third attempt, instead of dividing the dough into 4 pieces, I divided it into 8 pieces and made mini-pine cones. I dusted half of them with powdered sugar and half with sweeten cocoa. They made wonderful baked holiday gifts.

    • ChainBaker

      Hi Amy,
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying bread making 🙂 Mini pine cones sound like a super nice treat. I would just munch them one after the other before realizing that they’re all gone lol!


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