Pani Popo – Samoan Sweet Coconut Rolls

Pani Popo – dinner rolls smothered in a sweet sweet coconut syrup. The best way to eat pani popo is to eat it when it is warm. That way you can enjoy that ooey gooey yummy roll when it has been soaked with the coconut syrup.

Try out Pani Popo or Samoan Sweet Coconut Rolls. Pani Popo comes from Samoa and has been adopted to part of Hawaii’s food. It’s a sweet and gooey treat that anyone will go nuts for. Pani Popo is great to eat when it is hot with a sweet coconut sauce. I’ve seen this treat when I went to college at BYU-H. It was served at the cafe and at the PCC. I just had to share this recipe because it’s such a classic to Hawaii.

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Pani Popo - Samoan Coconut Rolls

Feast on Samoa's culinary treasure with our Pani Popo recipe. Rich coconut milk, fluffy bread, and ooey-gooeyness make this treat unforgettable!
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Pani Popo
Prep Time:2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:2 hours 40 minutes


Sweet Rolls:

  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp softened unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp melted butter for greasing the bowl

Coconut Glaze:

  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt



  • After the dough has risen, punch it to deflate it. Divide the dough into 12-14 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and add it to a 9x13 pan or skillet.
  • Cover the dough and let it rise again for 45 minutes. Halfway through the rise, preheat the oven to 350°.

Coconut Glaze:

    Pani Popo:

    • Uncover rolls and add in enough of the coconut glaze to cover the bottom. Bake the bread for 25 minutes.
    • Pour remaining coconut sauce over the rolls or save some as a dipping sauce. Serve it hot and enjoy this onolicious Pani Popo!



    *This makes a lot of the coconut sauce. You could half the ingredients if you want less of the sauce.
    Servings: 12 rolls


    1. 5 stars
      Made these for game night and for the family, there were none left for the next day. Making these again for sure !

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