Delicate cocoa butter buns: a treat of perfect precision

Delicate cocoa butter buns: a treat of perfect precision

Introducing delicate cocoa butter rolls, a deceptively simple dessert that requires careful attention to detail. These light and airy rolls, with a hint of cocoa, are perfect for filling with whipped cream or enjoying plain. After experimenting with three different recipes and techniques, this method works best. Follow the instructions carefully for a flawless result.


Why you'll love this recipe: These cocoa butter buns are a real treat, offering a unique texture that is both crispy and light. The subtle hint of cocoa complements the buttery flavor, making them an irresistible treat. Whether filled with whipped cream or enjoyed plain, these buns are a versatile dessert option. Not only are they delicious but they are also visually appealing, perfect for impressing your guests.

Perfect occasions for this dessert: These buns are perfect for many occasions, from elegant dinners to casual gatherings. Serve them as a sophisticated dessert at a tea party or as a light treat at a family gathering. They also make a wonderful addition to a dessert platter for special celebrations like birthdays or holidays. Their delicate appearance and delicious taste make them suitable for any festive occasion.

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Decorating tips:

  • Lightly dust the buns with icing sugar for a classic finish.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate for an extra touch of indulgence.
  • Garnish with fresh berries or mint leaves for a pop of color.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for added decadence.


  • For the rolls:
    • 3 tablespoons melted butter (use 3 tablespoons melted butter, not solid butter)
    • 2 egg whites (at room temperature)
    • A little less than a cup of powdered sugar (leave about 2 fingers width from the top of a tea glass)
    • 5 tablespoons sifted flour
    • A pinch of cocoa powder (for decoration)
  • For filling:
    • Whipped cream (optional, use sparingly as the buns will soften over time)
    • A touch of cocoa powder (optional, to mix into the whipped cream)
  1. Prepare the dough:
    • In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites and icing sugar until smooth and glossy.
    • Add the melted butter and sifted flour to the mixture, stirring until well combined.
    • Reserve a tablespoon of the batter and mix in a pinch of cocoa powder. Place both mixtures in separate piping bags and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Shape and bake the buns:
    • Preheat your oven to 356°F (180°C).
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a maximum of 4 portions of dough on the sheet (start with 3 portions for your first attempt).
    • Shape the dough into thin, even strips, making sure they are neither too thick nor too thin.
    • Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Watch carefully to avoid overcooking.
  3. Roll and cool:
    • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and quickly lift each strip using a thin spatula. Wrap each strip around a pen or similar object to form scrolls.
    • Work quickly, as the rolls will harden and become unrollable if they cool too much.
  4. Prepare the filling (optional):
    • For a whipped cream topping, make a small amount of whipped cream by mixing it with a little milk until thick. Add a little cocoa powder for a chocolatey flavor.
    • Fill each roll with the whipped cream mixture using a piping bag.
  5. Let cool and serve:
    • Refrigerate the stuffed buns for at least 30 minutes to set.
    • Serve immediately for optimal texture. If they are not filling, store the rolls in an airtight container to keep them crispy.
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Final touch: Treat yourself to these cocoa butter buns, a perfect blend of buttery crunch and a hint of cocoa. Perfect for impressing your guests and giving you a delicious dessert.

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