Coconut Sticky Rolls

Is the photo below worth a thousand words or what? I don't make a lot of yeast bread and rolls anymore but I must say, these were even better than the dulce de leche brioche I made a while back and I didn't think anything could beat those.
My daughter's hands down favorite breakfast has always been my homemade coconut bread, toasted...the recipe was originally in the Ft. Lauderdale newspaper back in the 70's....I recently posted the recipe HERE, but that may change after her visit this weekend. W
hen I took one look at this recipe, I knew I had to make these scrumptious (understatement) rolls for her to try. It takes some time, but there's nothing difficult about it. It's just the double-rising that takes time.
Rather than make them in a single pan as instructed below, I made individual rolls in my oversized muffin pan, hence the neat shape. The entire recipe made only 6 in the large muffin pan. Up to you.
No... I don't want to think about the calories in just one of these. Cut them in half. Or make them smaller if you'll feel better about it. Unfortunately, you'll just end up eating more.

Coconut Sticky Rolls
From Collecting Memories

For the rolls: 
1/4 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 small egg, room temperature
scant 3 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast
¾ cup milk (I used coconut milk)

For the glaze
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
generous 1 cup flaked coconut

For the topping
¾ cup icing sugar
2-3 tbsp milk

The rolls: Warm the milk slightly and add the yeast. Set aside. Cream together the sugar, salt, and butter on medium-high speed in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat in the egg until smooth. Alternately, add the flour and milk/yeast mixture.

Mix on low speed until the dough forms a ball. Switch to the dough hook and increase the speed to medium, mixing for approximately 10 minutes (or knead by hand for 12 to 15 minutes), or until the dough is silky and supple, tacky but not sticky. Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it around to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature for about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, make the glaze. 
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, salt, and butter. Cream together for 2 minutes on high speed with the paddle attachment. Add the honey. Continue to cream for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. 

When ready, pour half of the glaze into the bottom of your baking pan or divide half evenly among your muffin tins.

Mist your counter with spray oil and transfer the dough to the counter. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, lightly dusting the top with flour to keep it from sticking to the pin, into a rectangle about 14 inches wide by 12 inches long for larger rolls, or 18 inches wide by 9 inches long for smaller rolls. Spread the other half of the glaze on the dough and sprinkle the coconut over the surface of the dough. Roll the dough up into a cigar-shaped log (starting at the long end). With the seam side down, cut the dough into 8 to 12 pieces each about 1 3/4 inches thick for larger rolls, or 12 to 16 pieces each 1 1/4 inch thick for smaller rolls.

In your glazed pan (or muffin tin/tins), lay the pieces of dough on top of the glaze, spiral side up, spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. Mist the dough with spray oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap. let rise for 75 to 90 minutes, or until the pieces have grown into one another and nearly doubled. 
Preheat the oven to 350 with a rack on the lowest shelf.
Bake them for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown. 
Cool the rolls in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. wait at least 20 minutes before serving.

Mix the icing sugar with milk and pour the glaze over the rolls. 


  1. Irresistible! That is such a great flavor.



  2. She will love you even more..(If that is at all possible:) )
    I will try these one day!

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  4. Don't you love those old recipes? I have a few of them in my big black book that I go back to over and over because they are great and the recipes work so well. Still, there are always new additions to the book when I try something great... the difference is they go into my virtual book now, no more handwritten recipes! This looks like a keeper... and yes, they would disappear in my household too!

  5. I love anything with coconut…and these are no exception! They sound fabulous!

  6. Oh goodness. Now, which to make first?! This or the bread?!

  7. WOW! Fabulous photos--irresistible.
    I guess you could assuage your guilt by alternating these with the healthier breakfast cookies...

  8. Those look amazing! Yes, we're usually much happier not counting calories, aren't we?

  9. I know that if I cut the bun in half, I would just eat both pieces. :) They sound delicious.

  10. i need to make these soon! we have a TON of coconut that we've managed to accumulate that's dying to get used it. this is perfect!

  11. Oh my, they do look wonderful, Barbara! I am also a big fan of coconut and would love to make them! They look so professional made in the oversized cups. I may need to buy some :)

  12. Gosh...the bun looks IRRESISTIBLE!

  13. I love the individual ones. They wouldn't last long at our house.

  14. Se ve irresistible me encanta el glaseado amiga saludos muy muy rico,abrazos y abrazos.

  15. Waw! 2 georgous & really appetizing pics, Barbara!

    Waw! I think I have never had the chance to savour one of these & now, I can make them too!

    A huge thanks to you & I wish you a fun weekend with lots of joy & savouring fine foods!

  16. This recipe has definitely been bookmarked :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. I've been veritably obsessed with coconut these days so these rolls are going to have to make an appearance in my life!

  18. All things coconut are aces in my book!

  19. They look wonderful, but I don't think I could just eat half of one.

  20. Oh, luscious!!!! I do a lot of yeast breads, as you know, but haven't done much with rolls - if this were my breakfast, it would be a beautiful day!

  21. i've never seen coconut involved in something like this...or any yeast bread, know that i think about it. what a shame! i love coconut and i think this is glorious. :)

  22. These sound like pure heaven. Especially warm out of the oven. Oh my, I'd be swooning big-time.



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