Love King's Hawaiian Rolls? Try my Hawaiian Dinner Rolls! They are sweet, fluffy, and best of all, homemade from an easy-from-scratch recipe!
I wanted to share another homemade dinner roll recipe with you! These Hawaiian dinner rolls are so good! They were the perfect amount of sweet without being overbearing and were, of course, light and fluffy! I decided to come up with these Hawaiian dinner rolls because I've heard people rave about the King's Hawaiian rolls, which to be honest are ok, but not that great. They lack the freshness and homemade quality that I look for in baked goods. I hope you'll give these a try because I'm sure you'll love them!
How to make Hawaiian Dinner Rolls:
- Dissolve the yeast in the sugar water in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (affiliate link) and allow it to ferment for 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and 4 cups of flour. Mix well with a dough hook.
- Add up to ¾ cup more flour a ¼ cup at a time until the dough is only slightly sticky to the touch even though it will look like it is super sticky.
- Knead at medium speed for 3 minutes. If you look at the picture below this is what my dough looked like just before I pulled the dough hook out to let it rise. As you can see it isn't a ball of dough. It looks sticky and doesn't clean the sides or bottom of the bowl. This is how this dough should be. Because of the pineapple juice and the honey, this is a softer dough.
- This dough will take at least an hour to rise until doubled. The sugar content in these rolls inhibits the yeast a bit. Doesn't kill it, just slows the reaction down a lot. So just be patient. This one is a slow riser.
- Dump out onto a well-floured surface, knead a couple of times, and divide into 15 equal-sized pieces.
- Shape into balls and place in a greased 9 x 13 pan (affiliate link) to rise.
- Cover with a dish towel and let rise until doubled. This will once again take a little longer than usual.
- When they are nearly doubled in size preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Bake these for 20-25 minutes. The tops will be golden brown.
- While they are baking mix up the honey butter. Brush the hot tops immediately with the honey butter and let cool slightly before eating.
Why are these called "Hawaiian" rolls?
They are called Hawaiian rolls because they are sweetened with pineapple juice. The pineapple juice gives them a pleasantly sweet flavor.
What do you eat Hawaiian rolls with?
These are delicious and served with a Layered Summer Salad! They would also go really well with sweet types of meats like this BBQ Pulled Chicken or this crockpot Crack Chicken! Variations of this recipe that I know you'll love! 90 Minute Dinner Rolls Soft Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Savory Onion Cheese Rolls Homemade White Bread Have you tried this recipe? If so, leave me a rating and a comment below!
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Hawaiian Dinner Rolls Recipe
- ¾ Cup Water Warm
- 1 Tbs. Active Dry Yeast
- 2 Tbs. Sugar
- 3 Tbs. Honey
- ¾ Cup Pineapple Juice
- 4 Tbs. room temperature Butter
- 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
- 4-5 Cups Flour
- 1 Tbs. Honey
- 1 Tbs. Butter
- In the mixing bowl, on a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the warm water, 2 Tbs. sugar and the yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the 3 Tbs. Honey, pineapple juice, 4 Tbs. butter, salt and 4 cups of the flour.
- Mix with the dough hook until well combined. Add additional flour ¼ cup at a time until your dough is only a little sticky to the touch even though it's going to look really sticky. The dough will not clean the bottom or sides of the bowl or come together in a ball. You may not need all the additional flour. See my pictures in my post for a visual aid.
- Knead at medium speed for 3 minutes. Remove the dough hook and cover with a dish towel to let rise.
- This is a slower rising dough, allow an hour to an hour and a half for this dough to double.
- Dump onto a well floured surface and knead just a couple times. Divide in 15 equal pieces. Shape them into balls and place them in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Cover and allow to rise until doubled (about an hour). Once again, this will be slower than you would expect.
- When about doubled, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and mix the tablespoon of honey and tablespoon of butter together. Set the honey butter aside.
- Bake the rolls at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The tops should be golden brown. Immediately brush the tops with the honey butter. Cool slightly before eating.
- Store lightly covered to allow a little bit of air flow.