Mall Date – Recipe: Chocolate Cream Cheese Bread


I know how to get my girl excited.  Promise her a mall date.  She becomes instantly patient, helpful, and happy, all at once.  She knows that I have to finish everything that I need to do in order to spend a few hours doing absolutely nothing…yet absolutely everything, in her eyes….all at once.


Such was the case when we had our little date yesterday.


We had lunch.


And rode rides.


Shopped…well, I shopped, while she entertained herself.  I looked over to find her posing with the mannequins.  Promise.  She did it all by herself…and remained in that position until I took her picture.  Yes, we had comments and smiles.  And, she ignored them in order to keep her pose.  Nope, I am not a stage mom…but I could not help but appreciate her performance…just a little.


And, what date would be complete without some dessert?


Summer thanked me over and over for our mall date, and she lit up once again when she told Sean and the boys all about it.  It is the simple things that create the best memories.  And, I am going to try much harder not to let another month pass before we have another mall date.  Because something that means so much to my girl rates very high on my list of things that are hugely significant to me.  I can only hope that mall dates now will become a tradition, one that will continue years from now.  I would absolutely love to look up to find her striking a pose when she is sixteen, just as she was today.  And, while I am not going to hold my breath about that one, I will certainly continue our little mall dates, in hopes that those moments, those memories will become such a huge part of who we are that it will just naturally continue through the years.

PhotobucketMy girl and I are similar in a lot of ways, and I hope that those things continue to bond us over the years. When it comes to food, she is way more picky than I am. However, we do have some similarities in the food department, as well. We both love bread, and we love sweets. That is why I knew that this Chocolate Cream Cheese Bread would be perfect for us.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Bread

Chocolate Cream Cheese Bread



2 packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups lukewarm milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup oil

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 egg

6 cups all-purpose flour

Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling

4 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons Nutella (per small loaf)

Topping It Off

3 tablespoons melted butter

Sparkling sugar


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Stir in milk, sugar, oil, baking powder, salt, egg, and 3 cups of the flour.
  3. Beat until smooth, gradually adding the additional 3 cups of flour.
  4. Using the dough hook, mix for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Place in well-greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Preparing the Filling
  7. Mix together the cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, and whipping cream until smooth.
  8. Putting It All Together
  9. Preheat the oven to 350, and grease 2 small loaf pans. There is plenty of dough left for 2 pans of cinnamon rolls or 2-3 more small loafs of bread, as well.
  10. Punch down dough and divide into fourths.
  11. Roll the dough into a rectangle.
  12. Starting about 1 inch from the top of the dough, spread about 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture across the dough (it will spread all the way across and about 2 inches down)
  13. Roll forward about 3 rolls (until near or just past the half-way point).
  14. Spread about 3 tablespoons of Nutella, and continue to roll.
  15. Trim edges and place in loaf pan. If there is additional dough, slice it in 1 1/2-2 inch thick circles for cinnamon rolls.
  16. Repeat for 2nd loaf.
  17. You can store the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator for a few days, make additional loaves, or make 2 pans of cinnamon rolls.
  18. Topping It Off
  19. Brush butter on the top of the loaves.
  20. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  21. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown on top.


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I shared this recipe at A Little Nosh, Alli ‘N Son, 30 Days, WhipperBerry, Recipes for My Boys, Foodie Friday, Tatertots & Jello, Be Different Act Normal, Sweet As Sugar Cookies, I Heart Naptime, Add a PinchLamb Around, Frugal Antics, Skip to My Lou, From Mess Hall to Bistro, Sweetology, Eat at Home, and Tidy Mom.

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31 Responses to Mall Date – Recipe: Chocolate Cream Cheese Bread

  1. Shirlene says:

    What a cute manikin you have there! The recipe sounds interesting, nothing I have seen before.

    • Natalie says:

      I think that she is kind of cute, too. 🙂 The bread just came to me, and I had to make it. I have another one to share later.

  2. Deborah says:

    Oooohhhh…chocolate and cream cheese and bread…my three favourite food groups! (ha ha) THANKS for sharing the recipe!

    Deborah (visiting happily from…hope you can stop by and say hi…)

    PS LOVE the pics of your little woman on her date with Mum!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Your bread looks yummy! And your date is too cute! Makes me wonder if my girls would like the mall… 😉

    • Natalie says:

      The mall is a great place for a mommy/daughter date. It is probably a little cheaper at this age than in the teenage years. 🙂 Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Happy Friday!

  4. Abby says:

    Looks delicious! I can’t turn down any recipe with cream cheese and Nutella in it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Stephanie says:

    This bread looks amaaaaazing, it combines my two favorite loves: bread and chocolate.


  6. I love the idea of a mall date, I’m a few years away from that, but I’m sticking it in the back of my head. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the bread too, the weather is just turning cool, so it’s the perfect time for yeast bread!

  7. Geni says:

    What an awesome mom you are! Your daughter is so adorable. I remember those mall days well when it included a train ride and icecream. Now it’s skinny jeans (more expensive than a train ride for the record), Fettucine Alfredo and an ice blended mocha. And posing for pic would = punishment. I have a teen. This bread looks like heaven.

    • Natalie says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments. And, I truly laughed out loud thinking about a teenager posing for pictures = punishment. Have a super weekend!

  8. Elsa says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. I pinned this recipe to try. And I hope to have this kind of relationship with my daughter as well. Right now she’s 2 1/2, but she certainly loves to shop. When we go to the store to buy shoes, the practical mom in me wants to buy her the brown or black shoes that will match everything but then she wants the princess shoes covered in glitter. I let her buy them though and it makes me smile to know that she’s a big girl now that picks out her own shoes, in her own style. 🙂 Great memories!
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    • Natalie says:

      Thank you. You are so sweet to read my blog, pin the recipe, and take the time to comment. I truly appreciate it. Yes, totally enjoy those mommy/daughter memories. I am convinced that creating them early makes a lasting impression. Have a great weekend!

  9. Oh my good golly! First – what a fun time with your daughter. Too cute. And your bread? Yowza! I just pinned so I can make it (over and over again!) Thanks!

  10. Wow, that’s so cool looking! Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!
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  12. trisha says:

    this was a heart warming post and I am so glad you shared it. I love the bread recipe and your daughter is a treasure!
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  13. Debi says:

    LOVE! Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures! I just love looking at the pictures of children. How Adorable! <3 and Hugs!
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  15. Tiffany says:

    You’ve got a cute little date! That bread looks amazing too.
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