Coconut Macaroon Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Macaroon Cinnamon Rolls

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Coconut Macaroon Cinnamon Rolls

1 1/4 cups warm (not hot) coconut milk
1 packet fast rising yeast
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened or non-dairy butter spread
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened or non-dairy butter spread
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
3 tablespoons finely chopped dark chocolate

In a large mixing bowl, stir together coconut milk, yeast, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla, salt and flour until just combined.  Using a dough hook on a mixer, on medium speed, mix for 4-6 minutes, or until dough forms a ball and is smooth and elastic.  Cover dough with a towel or plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm area, until doubled in bulk - about 1 hour.

Roll out dough thinly on a floured work surface, into a 20x14 inch rectangle.  In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon until well combined; spread mixture all over rolled out dough.  Roll up dough, jelly roll style, until you have a big log.  Slice into equal portions and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes, or until light golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

To make the glaze, sift confectioners' sugar into a medium sized bowl; whisk in coconut milk and vanilla until well combined.

Drizzle glaze on top of cinnamon rolls.  Sprinkle with coconut, almonds and chocolate.
18 comments on "Coconut Macaroon Cinnamon Rolls"
  1. Your rolls look so good!.I love the idea of using coconut milk in baking - I want to try that and also coconut oil in my next ones. The photo of Cashew as a background for your roll is stellar.

    I love your tree - there is no smell quite like a real tree. Back when our son was 5 (he's 44 now!), we came home one night to find our Christmas tree flat on the floor - with the cat looking very innocent. I cried - lol! Christmas trees are irresistible to cats.

    My cat has chewed on our artificial tree this year (really? does it taste that good?) so when I catch her doing it I dab a little orange extract on my finger, put it under her nose, and she runs away. I'm not sure about toxicity so I haven't rubbed it on the tree branches, but she definitely doesn't like the smell. I know she doesn't like the smell of orange peels either, but I don't really want those on my tree. ;)

    1. Thanks, Linda! Yup, I love coconut products. I agree! I love the smell of a fresh tree. Haha that's too bad about your tree! That darn cat!

      That's interesting about the orange peel. Maybe I could scatter them all around the tree? Haha.

  2. I love your tree! and omigosh these cinnamon rolls are so creative and sooooo delicious!

  3. The cinnamon rolls look wonderful!

    Maybe Cashew is just getting back at you guys for that sailor costume. :)

    Many years ago, my sister and brother in law would put tinsel on their tree and one year their cat was eating it. Never caught her doing it, but they could tell when they cleaned the litter box.

    1. Hahaha you're probably right! :)

      Lololol I bet! I'm pretty sure Cashew has been eating off of our tree, too!

  4. what a unique idea! I LOVE cinnamon rolls and haven't made them in're inspiring me to get back in the game!

    1. I need to bake more with yeast! I've been so lazy lately.

  5. cool cat picture and AWESOME cinnamon rolls! you've combined two of my favorite treats in the world!

  6. Your cinnamon rolls are seriously picture perfect! Haha, your Christmas tree story sounds familiar except we didn't even bother (for the first time EVER...sad tear) getting a tree this year with our destructive and wild 1.5 year old boy running around. Sorry I don't have any tips for keeping cats away from Christmas trees. ;)

    1. Thank you so much! Aww you didn't?! Maybe you could put up a child-safe tree?

  7. Awww love the Christmas tree! And that cinnamon roll filling. Coconut and chocolate are THE BEST.

  8. I love the picture with the cat and the rolls! My cat would fight me for some of these cinnamon rolls :)

    1. Haha he only tries to eat our meat and dairy products!

  9. They look sooooo good! Love your christmas tree

  10. I love cinnamon rolls too. I haven't made any in ages. Since I also love coconut, I would definitely want to try these. I'm much prefer rolls with coconut and not yucky things like raisins.