Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls #HolidayFoodParty

Its May 1st and that means Holiday Food Party!! yayayayayay! The “holiday” we are celebrating this time is Mother’s Day and of COURSE I made something pineapple and coconut. Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls to be exact. Like cinnamon rolls, but tropical!

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I think this is funny that I made this not super easy recipe for my Mother’s Day post for the holiday food party because it didn’t go exactly as planned…because my kids kept interrupting, Like all day long. I am amazed I got these done in time

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This post for the Holiday Food Party snuck up on us as fast as May 1st has. Most of us were scrambling at last minute to make and photo our recipes. In fact I was out of town over the weekend and had to get up reaaaallllly early on Monday am to make these. Well, to get the sweet roll dough started at least. I thought I was doing good getting it started before my kids were off to school.

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But when you have two kids in am schools that have staggered start times and staggered end  times and you end up letting your dough rise for like 4 hours instead of one and a half because you are busy running around getting kids from school you get this super high, extra bubbly yeasty dough. Which looks cool, but ends up making for a thinner sweet roll dough than it should be. OOPS.

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So then when I have kids saying ” mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy” every three minutes what ends up happening is the sweet rolls rise a second time for a lot longer than they should. Then when they bake they don’t really rise at all. They are all rised out. What was interesting with all my kid inflicted time delays the sweet roll dough ended up being almost like puff pastry. Super light and flaky. Not soft and chewy like typical cinnamon rolls are, but a little more crunch. I actually really liked them this way. So maybe my time delays ended up as a baking mistake turned amazing new recipe technique? Either way these were some seriously yummy sweet rolls.

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I also douse the rolls in enough icing to hide the fact the the sweet rolls aren’t giant and puffy.  Normally I test a recipe several times before posting, however with my time crunch and the fact that I have made the sweet roll dough before several times ( usually correctly) I went with it. Plus the filling and icing are super easy. I can’t believe I waited so last minute to make these. More like forgot. I spent last weekend in Southern California for the food blogging event, The Big Travelling Potluck. It was in Temecula and Murietta California and was held at Callaway Winery, and a gorgeous Ranch called Plateaus Edge during the day, another ranch at night for dinner and back to Plateaus Edge for brunch and a video workshop. I have quite the learning curve ahead of me for video – but watch out!!  I will add video to this blog when I get that down. Nothing fancy – but I definitely want to start doing videos for the blog.

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The ranch that the dinner was held at on Saturday night was amazing. Gorgeous views, California wine country, Southern California edition. There were supposed to be hot air balloon flights but since the weather wasn’t the best – it was canceled. I was bummed, that is a bucket list item of mine.  So we stayed on the ground and ate and drank to our hearts content. The gals from the blog, This Girl Walks Into A Bar, made these amazing whiskey sours with homemade sours mix and homemade maraschino cherries. The dinner was incredible. They started with a naan flatbread and this olive and feta concoction that I was inhaling. They also served lamb that had been smoked all day. It was my first lamb experience. I liked it! Dessert was chocolate covered strawberries with dried lemongrass or dried chilis on them – a twist I really liked and lemon bars. And of course the wine flowed all evening. It was so fun to finally meet some fellow bloggers in person, like seeing co-workers that work for a different division of a company all at the company party. It was really a great weekend. Its nice for moms to get a break now and then and this was a nice break for me. My kids missed me…although one decided to do a little self hair cut while I was gone. Never a dull moment in my house…

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Here are all the amazing recipes from the group of us for this Holiday Food Blog Party for Mother’s Day. We all made some pretty awesome stuff, like always. Be sure to visit each blog and check out what we all made.

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1. Coconut Cupcakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
2. German Apple Cake from Magnolia Days
3. Baked Lemon Pasta with Broccoli and Shrimp from What Smells So Good
4. Cinnamon Pear Cake from Roxana’s Home Baking
5. Strawberry Whiskey Sour from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
6. Huevos Rancheros from Crumb Blog
7. Triple Lemon Cake from Created by Diane
8. Banana Chocolate Chip Bread from Chocolate Moosey
9. Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls from Pineapple and Coconut
11. Caramilk Stuffed No-Knead Brioche from Gotta Get Baked
12. Mom’s World Famous Sponge Cake from Hungry Couple NYC
13. Brown Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls
Recipe type: Dessert, Brunch, Sweets, Baked Goods
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Serves: 18
Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls Makes 18 rolls
For the Sweet Dough (Adapted from America's Test Kitchen)
  • ¾ C organic canned full fat coconut milk (heated to 110 degrees F)
  • 6 Tbsp organic melted butter
  • 3 large free range organic eggs, room temp
  • 4½ C organic all purpose flour, divided
  • ¼ c granulated organic sugar
  • 1 envelope ( 2½ tsp) rapid rise yeast
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 Tbsp butter, very soft
  • ⅔ c brown sugar
  • 3 cups crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 4 ounces butter, room temp
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 4 ounces canned coconut milk ( full fat)
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut, toasted
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, coconut milk and butter, set aside. Whisk together 4 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a stand mixer bowl and then place in stand mixer and attach dough hook.
  2. Start the mixer on low and slowly pour in the egg mixture. Once it is all combined mix for about 8 minutes or until the dough only sticks to the bottom of the mixing bowl. If the dough is super sticky add flour 1 Tablespoon at a time until its not sticky. You don’t want to add too much and dry it out.
  3. Transfer dough to very lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Place in a lightly oiled bowl ( you can grease the bowl with melted butter) and wrap snugly with greased plastic wrap. Cover with a towel and place in a warm draft free area to rise. You want it doubled in size, about 1- 1½ hours of rising time.
  4. Once the dough has risen remove from bowl to a lightly floured surface and gently press or roll to a rectangle about 12x16 inches, it doesn't have to be exact. If you want thinner rolls, roll to about 16x20. Spread with melted butter on the dough except for a 1” strip along one of the long edges of the dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar (using more than the ⅔ c amount if desired) and then top with the crushed pineapple. Roll up the dough starting with the long edge covered in filling and finish rolling at the uncovered edge with that edge down. Gently press and shape into an even cylinder. Cut into 18 one and one half inch pieces. Place into one or two baking pans a few inches apart. Cover with greased plastic wrap ( either oiled or buttered) and let rise again for another hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 Deg. F. Remove the plastic wrap from the rolls and bake for 25-30 min. Remove from the oven to cool
Make the icing
  1. Using a stand or hand mixer mix together the icing ingredients until well combined. Drizzle over the top of the rolls and sprinkle toasted coconut over the top. Serve warm
  2. Rolls last up to one week refrigerated. Heat slightly before serving.

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For a nice change on the usual cinnamon roll, these pineapple coconut sweet rolls are so good and not overly sweet. I know I would be pretty stoked if my family made these sweet rolls for me on Mother’s Day but since I don’t expect them to work THAT HARD for me ( just for me to have a massive kitchen mess to clean up later) I might make another batch soon and freeze. They can reheat and that is just fine with me.

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  1. I can only imagine the rolls my family would bake if given the chance! I have a feeling they’d be rocks. But I’d be willing to make a batch of these gorgeous sweet rolls for myself…the perfect Mother’s Day treat!
    Liz recently posted…Coconut Cupcakes #HolidayFoodPartyMy Profile

  2. I love it when something turns out even better when you make a mistake or let dough rise too long or whatever. Happy accidents for sure! And what lovely sweet rolls. Be still my coconut loving heart and tummy.
    Renee recently posted…German Apple CakeMy Profile

  3. These are just amazing! You are brilliant and wicked. At the same time. So fun to read about The Big Traveling Potluck. I’m so there next year.
    Lindsey | Cafe Johnsonia recently posted…Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and AvocadosMy Profile

  4. These sweet rolls are stunning, Shanna! I’d love some for Sunday brunch. ;)
    Jen @ Jen’s Favorite Cookies recently posted…Lemon Thyme ShortbreadMy Profile

  5. Lol, I could almost feel your frustration and panic as the day wore on and your baking was constantly interrupted. Since I’m always making things at the last minute, i totally know how you feel. I’m happy to hear that you ended up making something new and totally delicious so all’s well that ends well. Shanna, these photos are so gorgeous I can’t even stand it. There is so much loveliness here and these rolls look incredible, especially with that gorgeous thick layer of glaze. I hope your kids pamper and spoil you rotten when Mothers Day rolls around!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted…Caramilk Stuffed No-Knead Brioche for a #MothersDayPartyMy Profile

  6. These sweet rolls look great, and yes rushing around at the last minute getting it all done is what us moms do best, right.
    It was great to finally meet you too :)
    Diane {Created by Diane} recently posted…Triple Lemon CakeMy Profile

  7. Oh this looks good, however risen or not risen or flaky or not chewy or whatever it might be….I’m drooling.

    Printing now and passing off to my boys for mother’s day preparation. :)
    I’m excited to visit all of the other links too!
    Great combo of flavors my friend…you nailed it again.
    Oh–And see ya in Cali!! Woohooo!

  8. Puffy. Not puffy. Who cares. Hand them over!! :)
    Anita at Hungry Couple recently posted…Mom’s Extra Tall Sponge Cake #HolidayFoodPartyMy Profile

  9. Well you could have fooled me, because they look pretty damn good. Rising times, pfft. I like my sweet rolls on the crunchy side anyway.
    Susan recently posted…Strawberry Whiskey SourMy Profile

  10. My mom would love you if you gave her this!
    Sarah recently posted…Baked Lemon Pasta with Broccoli and Shrimp – #holidayfoodpartyMy Profile

  11. I’ve been waiting anxiously, er, patiently for this recipe since you talked about it. I loved how you used coconut milk in the dough because I’ve been obsessed with coconut milk this past year. I’m not sure when, but I’ll be making these sweet rolls someday!
    Carla recently posted…Banana Chocolate Chip BreadMy Profile

  12. What a happy accident!! And I can totally relate with the kiddies having a major impact on timing and cooking processes. And that coconut glaze – I want to just pour that on so many things.
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted…Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice CreamMy Profile

  13. I am with Huffy Puffy—-who cares. I agree Hand them over—NOW. Well I suppose that was a little rude, but that is what desperate coconut, pineapple sweet lovers can be like.
    I am a little curious about the child who gave themselves a selfie haircut. Is there a kid out there who hasn’t done that. Well I didn’t, but I sure did on my friend Janet—-more than once too.
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea recently posted…Mama Goose Sings out, YES To Life!!!My Profile

  14. These rolls sound like a vacation! I want! :)
    DessertForTwo recently posted…Comment on Sangria Swirled Frozen Margaritas by Danae @ recipe runnerMy Profile


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