Coconut rock buns

Coconut Rock Buns

Origin and Region:
Coconut rock buns are a traditional Caribbean baked treat that originated in Jamaica. They are popular throughout the Caribbean region and are enjoyed as a delightful snack or dessert.

Transport yourself to the tropical flavors of the Caribbean with these delectable Coconut Rock Buns. Bursting with coconut flavor and a hint of sweetness, these buns are perfect for a quick snack or a sweet treat any time of the day.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Toppings:

  • Additional shredded coconut for sprinkling
  • Glaze made with powdered sugar and milk


  • Use cold butter and work quickly to incorporate it into the flour mixture to ensure a flaky texture.
  • Avoid overmixing the dough to prevent tough buns.
  • Customize your buns by adding raisins, chopped nuts, or chocolate chips for extra flavor and texture.
  • Brush the tops of the buns with milk before baking for a golden crust.


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and shredded coconut.
  3. Add the chilled butter cubes to the flour mixture and rub them into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, milk, and vanilla extract.
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined to form a soft dough.
  6. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, portion the dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each bun.
  7. Sprinkle additional shredded coconut on top of each bun, if desired.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the buns are golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Remove from the oven and transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, drizzle with glaze, if using, and serve.

Coconut rock buns are beloved Caribbean treats known for their tender crumb and delightful coconut flavor. These golden-brown buns are a perfect balance of sweetness and texture, making them a favorite snack or dessert in the region. Enjoy them warm from the oven or cooled to perfection.

Nutritional Information:
(Serving Size: 1 bun, based on standard recipe yield)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 3g

(Note: Nutritional information may vary depending on specific ingredients and portion sizes.)

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