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.

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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.

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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Video

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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.

Honey Butter

  1. Combine the butter and honey in a sauce pan over medium heat and warm until they have melted together.

All of these instructions in greater detail can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a photo of a soft hawaiian roll being picked up from a wooden plate with two other rolls on it.

What to Eat with Hawaiian Rolls?

This is my favorite meal ever with these rolls…slow cooker kalua pork with a side of tropical fruit salad and coconut rice.

But they would go great alongside almost any meal, especially some honey baked ham, prime rib, zuppa toscana, or grilled Hawaiian chicken.

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:

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

3.18 from 76 votes
Servings: 42
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


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

Honey Butter

  • 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Butter


  • 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.
    2 Cups Milk
  • Gently place the butter, water, pineapple juice, sugar, and honey in the pan and stir until the butter has melted and then allow to cool to luke warm.
    1/4 Cup Butter, 1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Pineapple Juice, 1/4 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Honey
  • Sprinkle the yeast and stir to combine. Dump into a standing mixer and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes or until foamy.
    3 Tablespoons Yeast
  • Pour the oil, salt, evaporated milk and egg and stir to combine.
    1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil, 2 Tablespoons Sea Salt, 3/4 Cup Evaporated Milk, 1 Egg
  • Add in 8 cups of flour and using a dough hook attachment, mix the dough until it begins coming together. 
    11-13 Cups Flour
  • Carefully pour in a cup of flour more until the dough is coming together in a ball around the hook.
    11-13 Cups Flour
  • 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.
    11-13 Cups Flour
  • Flip it over so all of the dough has flour on it and isn’t sticky.
    11-13 Cups Flour
  • Shape the dough into balls.
  • Place on a cookie sheet to rise.
  • Let rise until doubled. Brush the tops with honey butter.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and gently rub honey butter all over the tops again.
  • 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.
    1/2 Cup Butter, 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • Apply the honey butter to the rolls after the second rising in the pan and again after baking.


Serving: 1gCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 447mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Yeast Bread Recipes and Quick Bread Recipes
Cuisine: American

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