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Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

Fluffy and slightly sweet, these Hawaiian rolls are made with pineapple juice and they are the softest and best rolls around!

They are also great for sliders, like our Hawaiian turkey burger sliders, french dip sliders or our cheeseburger sliders.

a photo of a single hawaiian roll sitting on a wooden plate with another roll sitting on a plate behind it.

Ingredients Needed for Hawaiian Rolls

These rolls may sound fancy, but they are made just like regular dinner rolls but with a couple of additions. Here is your grocery list:

Hawaiian Rolls

  • Yeast – instant
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Pineapple Juice
    • PRO TIP: Use canned pineapple juice, fresh pineapple juice contains enzymes that will kill the gluten
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Butter – unsalted
  • Sea Salt – fine
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Egg
  • Flour – all purpose

Honey Butter

  • Butter
  • Honey

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

a photo of a white ceramic baking dish with handles that is full of a dozen golden baked homemade hawaiian rolls

What Can You Substitute for Evaporated Milk?

You can make your own by simmering 2 1/4 cups of regular milk down until it becomes 1 cup.

Or, you can use a combination of half and half and whole milk.

What is in a Hawaiian Roll?

I mentioned a few additions that make these rolls different than the average dinner roll. The slight sweetness in these rolls comes from the pineapple juice and honey in the dough. It’s subtle but oh so good! The pineapple juice also helps make the rolls super fluffy and moist.

a photo of someone holding a single fluffy hawaiian roll.

How to Make Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

Hawaiian Rolls

  1. Scald Milk – warm the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it foams around the edges. Add the butter, water, sugar, and honey in the pan and stir until the butter has melted. Allow it to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Activate Yeast – sprinkle the yeast over the top of the milk mixture and stir to combine. Pour it all into a stand mixer. Let the mixture rest for a few minutes until it foams.
  3. Wet Ingredients – pour the rest of the wet ingredients (including salt) into the mixer and stir to combine.
  4. Create Dough – now we are going to add the flour to create the dough. Start by adding 8 cups and mix using the dough hook attachment. Add another cup of flour and mix until the dough forms a ball around the hook.
  5. First Rise – remove the bowl from the mixer and cover. Allow the dough to rise for an hour or until it is doubled in size.
  6. Shape Rolls – flour your work surface and turn the dough out. Pull chunks of dough out and form them into balls. Try to keep them uniform size.
  7. Second Rise – place the dough balls onto a cookie sheet and cover with a cloth. Let them rise until doubled in size. While they rise, make the honey butter (see instructions below). Once they have risen, brush the tops with the honey butter.
  8. Bake – bake the rolls until golden.
  9. Butter – remove the rolls from the oven and brush the tops again with honey butter.

How to Store Hawaiian Rolls

Store the rolls in plastic wrap or bread bags for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.

a photo of a white ceramic baking dish with handles that is full of a dozen golden baked homemade hawaiian rolls

How Long Will Hawaiian Rolls Keep?

These rolls will keep for 5-7 days if stored in a plastic bag. They can also be frozen for up to 1 month.

Can You Freeze Bread Dough?

If you freeze the dough before baking, the dough will keep for up to 6 months. Form the dough into balls, place them on a baking sheet and stick them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then wrap them in plastic wrap and then place the wrapped dough balls in a plastic bag.

When you’re ready to bake the bread, move the rolls to the fridge overnight and then set them on the counter to allow them to come to room temperature. Then let them rise the second time and proceed with the instructions as written.

a photo of a pan full of perfectly golden baked homemade hawaiian rolls covered in melted butter

Homemade Hawaiian rolls also make great rolls for sliders. Cheeseburger sliders or french dip sliders are two of my favorites. You can always get store bought, but these homemade rolls are divine if you want to go totally from scratch.

If you want soft, fluffy homemade rolls that are like pillows of carb lovin’ heaven, then these Hawaiian rolls need to be next on your baking list.

More Homemade Roll Recipes:

a photo of a single hawaiian roll sitting on a wooden plate with another roll sitting on a plate behind it.

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

1 from 4 votes

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 42

  • 3 Tablespoons Yeast instant
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Butter unsalted
  • 2 Tablespoons Sea Salt fine
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Egg large, whisked
  • 11-13 Cups Flour

Honey Butter

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add the milk and cook until just starting to foam around the edges and is warmed. Do not boil.

  • Gently place the butter, water, sugar, and honey in the pan and stir until the butter has melted and then allow to cool to luke warm.

  • Sprinkle the yeast and stir to combine. Dump into a standing mixer and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes or until foamy.

  • Pour the oil, salt, evaporated milk and egg and stir to combine.

  • Add in 8 cups of flour and using a dough hook attachment, mix the dough until it begins coming together. 

  • Carefully pour in a cup of flour more until the dough is coming together in a ball around the hook.

  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with a cloth to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.

  • Heavily sprinkle flour on your work surface and turn the dough out.

  • Flip it over so all of the dough has flour on it and isn’t sticky.

  • Shape the dough into balls.

  • Place on a cookie sheet to rise.

  • Let rise until doubled.

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

  • Remove from the oven and gently rub butter all over the tops.

  • Store in plastic wrap or bread bags for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.

Honey Butter

  • Combine honey and butter in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir until melted together, set aside.

  • Apply the honey butter to the rolls after the second rising in the pan and again after baking.

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

Amount Per Serving (1 g)

Calories 118
Calories from Fat 18

% Daily Value*

Fat 2g3%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Cholesterol 6mg2%

Sodium 447mg19%

Potassium 55mg2%

Carbohydrates 21g7%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 31IU1%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 27mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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