Sweet Hawaiian Rolls Recipe

Barbara Curry
by Barbara Curry
16 servings
2 hr 35 min

This Hawaiian Rolls Recipe has just a hint of sweetness from pineapple juice. They are so so fluffy and easy to make. They make the best dinner rolls and are great for sliders.

A pie dish of baked Hawaiian rolls.

When you need a soft dinner roll, you can’t go wrong with this sweet Hawaiian rolls recipe. It’s great for first time bakers, they’ll turn out scrumptious every time and you can make the dough the night before and bake them the next day.

Hawaiian dinner rolls have become my go-to yeast roll, and one the girls always ask for when they come home to visit. You’ll find them to be light and fluffy with just a little sweetness which makes them a perfect roll for almost any dish you might be serving.

Of course they’re great for a holiday meal or to bring to a potluck, learn some tips for how to keep dinner rolls warm so you don’t have to stress about having them done at just the right time. But they’re too delicious to save just for the holidays, try serving them with a simple chicken and wine dinner, or with hearty short ribs.

Make them smaller and you have an awesome roll for sliders to use for your bourbon burgers or slow cooker carnitas.

Carnita sliders in a Hawaiian rolls.
Dinner rolls in a basket with a linen napkin.

Pro tip: If you don’t drink a lot of pineapple juice, I find it’s better to buy it in small cans so that you always have some on hand for when you want to make the best dinner rolls ever. If you bought a larger container, use the extra juice and make Hawaiian Cinnamon Rolls, or Slow Cooker Ribs, or you can freeze it.

Why you’ll love a Hawaiian roll

  • The slightly sweet rolls make a delicious dinner roll
  • They’re soft and fluffy
  • The dough can refrigerate overnight
  • You can freeze and re-heat them (learn some tricks)
  • They’re great for a holiday meal
  • Make them smaller for sliders

What you’ll need

Ingredients for Hawaiian rolls recipe.
  • Yeast – you can use active dry or instant yeast
  • Pineapple juice – it only takes a half a cup. Try buying this in the small cans or you can freeze it if you bought a large container.
  • Pantry staples – Flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, salt

How do you make this Hawaiian roll recipe

Step 1:

Dissolve the yeast in warm water until it’s foamy.

Yeast that has proofed in a bowl.

Step 2:

Add eggs, pineapple juice, sugar, vanilla, milk, and melted butter and combine.

Step 3:

Add flour and knead with a dough hook for about 10 minutes.

Hawaiian Roll dough in a bough.

Step 4:

Let rise until double and divide into 16 balls.

Risen yeast rolls in a baking dish.

At this point you can refrigerate overnight or let them rise one more time.

Step 5:

Bake and then brush with butter.

Baked sweet dinner rolls in a baking dish.

A nice addition to a savory meal. Perfect by themselves but as always, a little better with butter.

The best way for yeast dough to rise

There are a couple of different methods for getting the best rise from yeast dough.

  • Since dough likes humidity, if you live in a hot humid climate, cover it and put it outside. But this is a little unpredictable and won’t work in the winter.
  • My favorite way to let yeast dough rise is in the microwave. Place an oven proof bowl filled with water in the microwave and bring it to a boil, about 6 minutes. Leave it in there and keep the door closed. Scoot the bowl of water to the side and add the bowl of covered dough and shut the door. The microwave will be warm and humid and the perfect out of the way place to let your dough rise.
  • The other tried a true way is to turn the oven to 200º. Cover the dough and place in the oven and turn the oven OFF.

A baking dish of Hawaiian rolls.

What to serve with sweet Hawaiian bread rolls

MORE bread options

Sour Cream Yeast Rolls

No Knead Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Buttermilk Biscuits

Sweet Hawaiian Rolls Recipe
Recipe details
  • 16  servings
  • Prep time: 140 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 2 hr 35 min
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  • ▢ 1 package active dry yeast 2 1/4 teaspoon
  • ▢ 1/4 cup warm water
  • ▢ 2 eggs
  • ▢ 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • ▢ 1/4 cup milk
  • ▢ 1/3 cup sugar
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ▢ 1/4 cup butter melted
  • ▢ 4 cups flour
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water with a pinch of sugar. Let sit until slightly foamy.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the yeast mixture, eggs, pineapple juice, ¼ cup milk, sugar, vanilla and melted butter. When combined stir salt and flour into dough until a stiff batter is formed. Kneed for 10 minutes using a dough hook.
Cover and place in a warm place and let rise for 1 hour. When doubled, punch the air out of the dough and turn onto floured surface.
Divide into 2 equal pieces and then cut each piece into 8 sections for a total of 16 rolls. Form into buns forming them so that the seam is on the bottom and place in 2 buttered pie pans.
Cover and let rise again until doubled, about an hour.
Preheat oven to 350º. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then remove from oven and brush the tops with melted butter.
  • You can refrigerate the dough overnight after it has been formed into balls. Remove form the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • It will make about 24 sliders.
  • These freeze very well, just thaw and rewarm.
Barbara Curry
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  • Judy Judy on Nov 16, 2022

    I have never made yeast bread, I've been a bit intimidated by it. But your recipe & very clear instructions make me think hmmm, I think I can do this. Also, they look & sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • Like the recipe and even though I don't have a KitchenAid or Sunbeam mixer, I can give it a go and knead by hand and see how they turn out. No matter what happens they will be edible, maybe just not as light and fluffy as shown but still darn good. Thanks for sharing!