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Hawaiian Sweet Bread in a basket

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls


Slightly sweetened with pineapple juice and organic honey, delightful Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are soft, tender and so delicious! They’re also very simple and easy to make at home. Form the dough into slider buns, dinner rolls, or hamburger buns. Brush the tops with melted butter. Mmmm…they’re so darn yummy!


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour (plus 1/2 cup more flour, if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt


  • 1 cube butter (8 tablespoons), melted
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup organic honey


  • 2 large eggs, 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


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, yeast and sea salt. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix these ingredients by hand. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In a glass microwave-safe measuring cup, melt the butter. Add the pineapple juice, milk and honey to the butter. With a spoon or small whisk, mix these ingredients together. Microwave the mixture for one minute on high. The temperature needed is 110 degrees F, just warm enough to active the yeast.
  3. Pour the warm mixture over the dry ingredients. Hand mix the dry and wet ingredients until blended. Add in the eggs, brown sugar, vinegar, and vanilla extract. No need to mix. We’ll let the stand mixer handle it from here. Set the bowl aside.
  4. Grease the dough hook for the stand mixer with butter. Attach the mixing bowl and dough hook to the machine. Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually raise the speed to medium/low. Let the dough mix and knead for 6-7 minutes until soft and smooth yet slightly sticky. The dough will stick to the bottom of the bowl, but it should start to pull away from the edges of the bowl – which is what you want. If needed, add in a bit more flour. But remember, this dough is slightly sticky!
  5. Remove the dough and shape it into a ball. (If needed, put a little butter on your hands first.) Place it into a clean, well-buttered mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise for two hours. You probably won’t notice any real rising until after the 1.5 hour mark. This tropical dough likes to relax and take its time rising!
  6. With lightly-floured hands, transfer the dough to a pastry board or cutting board. Gently pat it into a rectangle. With a bench scraper or a large, sharp kitchen knife, slice the dough into the desired number of pieces. For slider buns cut 15 pieces, when making dinner rolls cut the dough into 18-21 pieces. For hamburger buns, you’ll want just 6 pieces. Gently form each piece into a very round smooth ball. Place the balls of dough into a well-greased 9×13-inch baker. The dough balls should touch one another. Cover the baker with a kitchen towel and allow the Hawaiian rolls to rise a second time: about 30-45 minutes.
  7. Adjust the oven rack to the center position. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly brush the top of the rolls with melted butter (the leftover butter will be used later). Bake for approximately 20-23 minutes. The rolls should be golden on the top, and cooked all the way through in the middle. Brush the tops of the Hawaiian sweet rolls with the remaining melted butter.


HOW DO YOU HEAT UP HAWAIIAN ROLLS? To reheat Hawaiian bread rolls, move your oven rack to the center position. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Warm the sweet rolls in the oven for about two to three minutes.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian

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