Pani Popo

Prep Time: 5 min.
Bake Time: 30-35 min.
Servings: 9
Difficulty: Beginning

Enjoy an authentic taste of the Pacific Islands with this traditional coconut rolls recipe!


18 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls
14 ounce can coconut cream or milk
1/2 cup sugar


Place frozen rolls in 3 rows of 6 in a sprayed 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let thaw and rise until double in size.

Combine coconut cream and sugar and mix well.

Remove wrap from risen rolls and pour coconut cream mixture over the rolls (try to coat each roll completely as you pour so they will have a consistent color as they bake.)

Bake at 350 degrees F 30-35 minutes.

Note: Coconut cream mixture will thicken as the rolls cool.

  • Geneva
    August 17, 2019

    Do i have to boil the Cocnut milk with sugar or just pour like that on the buns?..

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      August 21, 2019

      Thank you for your question. As long as you mix the coconut milk and sugar thoroughly, you will be fine. No need to boil! Enjoy!

  • Bob Bytheway
    May 3, 2021

    one of our daughters married a Samoan and they live in ca. Almost every time we go to visit i request she make these pani popo and she does. Absloutely a great roll for any meal.

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      May 4, 2021

      Thank you for letting us know! One of our employees developed that recipe because he loves the Polynesian culture!

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