Dulce de Leche and Coconut Roll (Pionono de Arequipe Y Coco)

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Pionono also known as Brazo de Reina is a popular dessert in Colombia and other Latin America countries. There are many variations of the pionono, but it is generally filled with fruit preserves, puddings or whipped cream combined with fresh fruit, but you can also experiment with your favorite filling.

Vrazo de Reina with Dulce de Leche

A couple of days ago I opened a jar of dulce de leche to make some cookies. I had some leftover so I decided to make my pionono using some of my favorite ingredients, coconut and arequipe or dulce de leche, as it is known outside of Colombia.


Dulce de Leche and Coconut Roll (Pionono de Arequipe Y Coco)



(6 Servings)

  • 5 eggs,separated
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • ½ cup shredded coconut

Dulce de Leche and Coconut Roll (Pionono de Arequipe Y Coco)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 brownie pan with parchment paper.
  3. Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl and with an electric mixer, beat until form soft peaks. Gradually add the egg yolks, one at a time until combined.
  4. Add the flour, vanilla extract and sugar and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  6. Mean while, spread out a sheet of parchment paper or a wet towel . Turn out the cake onto the paper or wet towel . Roll up the cake loosely from one short side, with the paper inside. Let it cool.
  7. Dulce de Leche and Coconut Roll (Pionono de Arequipe Y Coco)

  8. Unroll and remove the paper. Spread the dulce de leche and sprinkle coconut flakes over the cake. Roll up and dust with powdered sugar and serve.
  9. Dulce de Leche and Coconut Roll (Pionono de Arequipe Y Coco)

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  1. Claudia Medeiros says

    I love stopping by your site because Colombian culinary is very similar to Brazilian one . Here , we call it ” Bolo de Rolo ” and we also fill it with guava paste 😀
    Have a great week !

  2. Felisha says

    I will make this soon! I just made a pumpkin roll, and it’s filled with cream cheese filling! This sounds great though!

  3. says

    You have so many yummy recipes that I didn’t know where to start looking! I absolutely love Swiss roll cakes, and can just imagine how amazing the dulce de leche and coconut tasted together. Now I’ve got a huge craving for a Swiss roll cake!

  4. says

    A fruit-filled roll sounds delicious but I would never be able to turn down this wonderful dulce de leche one! Your recipe looks so easy to make, there’s no excuse for me not to make this. Wonderful!

  5. Adriana says

    I made this roll yesterday for my friends, but I filled mine with orange preserves and it was perfect and delicious.

  6. Natalie says

    Maybe you did not: measured correctly, your oven is properly calibrated, did you forgot to set the timer, if you swapped an ingredient for another one that probably caused the dish’s demise, if your ingredients were at room temperature, if the bowl where you whipped the egg whites was clean and dry,

    I made this recipe 3 times and it worked perfect and delicious!

  7. Anonymous says

    I made this roll for my son’s party yesterday and we loved it! It was a hit……Thank you so much. I will make this one again.

  8. Isabel says

    I had the same problem with the wax paper; the roll did not come out from the wax paper, it was quite disappointing!! I guess I will try it again another day baking it without the wax paper. also the roll began to break. if you can make it, then it can be done.
    the measurements were accurate, not sure what happened

  9. Deily says

    Erika I tried your recipe! I’m happy I did! I can’t believe It worked! It was so easy and yummy! Tks!! Loved your site!

  10. Jenny says

    i made this yesterday, and the roll stuck to the parchment paper. it took me a while to get it off (and there was a lot the roll left stuck to the paper) but the results were fantastic nevertheless. maybe next time, ill try greasing the paper before pouring in the batter. (:

  11. Elizabeth says

    This recipe is wonderful. So easy to make, it come out perfectly every time and great flavor. Those folks who had no-so optimal results should check their ovens. A keeper!

  12. says

    I have attempted this once so far and the roll it self came out very bubbly and stuck to the wax paper. However I will say the little we did get off was very good. I am going to try it again and hope it comes out like the one pictured!

  13. says

    oh erica! i love everything about this! no kidding, this has the potential to be my favorite dessert of all time, and it’s beautiful too!

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