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Pina Colada Sweet Rolls

Sweet rolls with a pineapple and coconut filling are a perfect spring time coffee break treat.

Pineapple Filling: (make first so it has a chance to completely cool)
  • 1 14 oz can crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Put crushed pineapple in a microwaveable bowl. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients except butter. Stir well.
  3. Heat in microwave 2 minutes at a time until mixture thickens.
  4. Remove and stir in butter. Set aside and allow to cool while you make the sweet dough.
Sweet Dough: (Yields 14-16 rolls)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoons quick rise yeast
  1. Place first 7 ingredients in a microwaveable bowl. Beat well. Heat until warm to the touch.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour and yeast.
  3. Pour warm wet mixture over dry mixture. 
  4. Stir until it begins to come together and then using your hand knead, adding flour as needed to make a soft but not overly sticky dough. 
  5. Cover, allow to rise for 45 minutes or until double in bulk.
  6. Roll dough out to 10"x18".
  7. Spread with cooled pineapple mixture. Roll up. 
  8. Slice rolled up log into 14-16 equal pieces and place on greased baking pan. 
  9. Rolls do not require a second rise. Just let them sit while the oven heats up. 
  10. Bake in 350º oven for 15-20 minutes.
Rolled up and ready to slice. My mom used to use thread to slice sweet rolls. It slides easily under dough and gives a nice clean cut...and you never have to worry about scratching your work service with a sharp knife. Just slide thread under roll, cross over and pull. Perfect slices!


  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk, plus 
  1. Beat together all ingredients until you get a smooth spreadable frosting. Add a drop of milk more if too thick or a little more powdered sugar if too runny.
  2. Spread frosting on slightly warm rolls. 


  1. What size can of pineapple?

  2. Looks delicious! And I l e the tip about slicing with a thread! I'll have to tell Louis Dean about that one!

  3. Kathy, will these freeze well, like cinnamon buns do?

  4. Can you tell me if you used sweetened or unsweetened coconut pls.


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