Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

These Homemade Hawaiian Rolls are a crowd favorite at any family gathering or holiday dinner. They are soft, buttery, and slightly sweet, making them the perfect side dish for any meal.

two homemade hawaiian rolls on a wooden cutting board.

We love sweet Hawaiian rolls. But, we don’t love the price tag at the grocery store. So, we whipped up a batch of these homemade rolls and were surprised when they tasted even better than the store-bought kind.

homemade hawaiian rolls stacked in a serving basket.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • You only need simple ingredients so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money at the grocery store.
  • You can easily make these rolls ahead of time so that you don’t have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.
  • They also taste so much better than store-bought.

If you love trying new homemade bread recipes, then next time give these Low Carb English Muffins or these Low Carb Sandwich Thins.


bowls of bread flour, pineapple juice, eggs, vanilla, yeast, sugar, and butter on a counter.

You only need a handful of ingredients and a little bit of effort to make these homemade rolls. Gather these ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store so that you can enjoy these homemade rolls.

  • pineapple juice
  • instant dry yeast
  • granulated sugar
  • salted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • large eggs
  • bread flour

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make These Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

This is a quick overview of the steps that you need to take to make this recipe. You can find the full recipe in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

yeast, pineapple juice, and sugar in a glass mixing bowl.

Add the warm pineapple juice, sugar, and yeast into a large mixing bowl and allow the yeast to bloom for five minutes.

eggs being added to proofed yeast in a mixing bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients in batches and mix until the dough is no longer sticky.

raw rolls rising on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rest until doubled in size. Shape the dough into 24 rolls and place on the prepared baking dish.

finished rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining egg white, and then bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

🥄 Equipment

This is an overview of the equipment that you will need to make this delicious recipe:

  • Microwave Safe Bowl 
  • Whisk
  • plastic wrap
  • large sheet pan or two 9×13 baking dishes
  • parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • small bowl

🥫 Storage

Storage – Store these rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Freezing – You can even freeze the rolls to save them for later. To freeze them, wrap the rolls tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to eat them, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.

two homemade hawaiian rolls on a wooden cutting board.

Serve With

Homemade rolls can pair well with just about any meal. Some of our favorite meals to serve these rolls with are this Cream Cheese Pasta or this Dijon Grilled Chicken.

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure that this recipe turns out perfectly for you when you make it.

  • In order to get the best rise, make sure that your yeast is fresh, stale yeast will not rise.
  • It’s best to place your dough in a warm place so that it rises fully. We like to put it in the oven with the oven light.
  • Shape the rolls by pushing the dough through your thumb and forefinger and folding the excess under.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Are Hawaiian rolls just brioche?

They are similar, however hawaiian rolls have the addition of pineapple juice to make them sweet.

What’s the best way to reheat rolls?

We like to reheat rolls and bread by placing them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5-10 minutes.

🍽 More Homemade Rolls Recipes

Do you enjoy rolls? If so, try these delicious recipes:

🧾Recipe Card

Want to make this homemade hawaiian rolls recipe? Print the recipe card below, or pin this recipe, so you can find it later.

two homemade hawaiian rolls on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

These Homemade Hawaiian Rolls are light, fluffy, and sweet. They taste even better than the store-bought rolls.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 24 Rolls
Calories: 165kcal


  • Microwave Safe Bowl 
  • Whisk
  • plastic wrap
  • large sheet pan or two 9×13 baking dishes
  • parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • small bowl


  • 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
  • 4 ½ teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • cup granulated sugar divided
  • ½ cup salted butter melted
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk reserve egg white
  • 5-6 cups bread flour


  • In a mixing bowl add the pineapple juice and microwave until warm, not too hot just warm to the touch.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of the sugar and stir.
  • Add in the yeast and stir.
  • Let the yeast bloom for 5 minutes.
  • To the yeast and pineapple juice add the remaining sugar, melted butter, vanilla and eggs and egg yolks.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Add 3 cups of flour and stir to combine.
  • Add another cup of flour and stir.
  • Continue adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.
  • Once the dough has risen line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or grease two 9×13 pans.
  • Shape the dough into 24 rolls and place on the pan. Shape dough into rolls.
  • Let rise another 1 ½ hours until doubled in size again.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix the reserved egg white with 1 tablespoon of water and whisk.
  • Brush the egg wash over the top of the rolls.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  • While the rolls are still warm brush with butter.
  • Serve.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Roll | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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