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Hawaiian Sweet Bread in a basket

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls


These homemade Hawaiian sweet rolls are tangy, fluffy, tender and sweet. They’re also very easy to make. Prep the simple recipe in 20 minutes. After the second rise, then bake. You can form the dough into small slider rolls, large dinner rolls, or hamburger buns.


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  • 6 cups all-purpose flour (plus up to 1/2 cup more, if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons fine kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing


RECIPE PREP: Grease the dough hook (for your stand mixer) with butter and put it aside. 

  1. Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe measuring cup (like Pyrex). Add room-temperature pineapple juice, honey and milk. Stir briefly. Microwave the mixture for 1 minute, or until the temperature reaches 100°F-120°F, warm enough to activate the yeast.
  2. In the bowl of the stand mixer, add flour, yeast, and salt. Manually mix to combine. Pour the warm liquid mixture on top of the dry ingredients. Fold them together with a rubber spatula. Add in eggs, sugar, vinegar, and vanilla. Attach both the mixing bowl and pre-greased dough hook to the stand mixer.
  3. Start with the mixer on low speed, then gradually increase it to medium-low. Let the dough hook knead for 6-7 minutes, or until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and the texture is soft and smooth. 
  4. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl. Shape it into a round ball, then place it in a clean mixing bowl that’s been generously greased with butter. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen cloth. Allow the dough to rise in a draft-free place for 2 hours.
  5. Transfer the dough to a pastry board. Gently stretch and pat the dough into a rectangle. With a bench scraper or sharp kitchen knife, slice the dough into small squares (about 18 to 21 squares for dinner rolls). Shape each square of dough into a ball. Arrange balls inside a buttered 9×13-inch baker. The rolls will be touching, and that’s fine. Cover the baker with a clean kitchen cloth. Allow the Hawaiian sweet rolls to rise again. This time for 30-45 minutes. 
  6. Lightly brush the top of the bread with melted butter. Bake at 375°F for 20 to 23 minutes, rotating the baking dish halfway through the bake time. When the rolls are done, their tops should be golden brown, and the internal temperature should be 190°F. Pull apart one of the rolls in the middle and check for doneness.
  7. When the hot rolls come out of the oven, lightly brush the tops with melted butter. Just don’t overdo it, or the rolls will get soggy.


How to reheat Hawaiian rolls: Preheat your oven to 300°F. Place the rolls on a tray. Warm them in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian

Keywords: Hawaiian Rolls, Hawaiian roll recipe, Hawaiian sweet roll recipe