The Best Copycat Hawaiian Roll Recipe

Last Updated on November 15, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Are you a huge fan of Hawaiian rolls like we are? These amazing Copycat Hawaiian Rolls are perfect for your next gathering or for when you’re craving some fresh bread! They are soft, sweet, and totally irresistible.

Hawaiian Rolls

What’s better than a classic Hawaiian Roll? How about delicious, homemade Hawaiian Rolls! These rolls are everything that a roll should be – soft and airy, with a little twinge of sweetness. My kids cannot wait to dig into these amazing rolls anytime we make them! Pair them with a little butter and honey or just eat them plain – there is no wrong way to enjoy them!

These rolls are perfect for so many different things. My personal favorite is using them to make these incredible baked ham and cheese sliders. Or pair them with a delicious soup on a cold day. This asparagus soup is the perfect match for these Hawaiian Rolls and both are so easy to make!

Feeling really adventurous? Use these rolls as the buns for these Mini Big Mac Cheeseburgers for a meal that will please every member of your family! No matter how you eat these rolls, they are certain to be a recipe your family will ask for over and over again!

Copycat Hawaiian Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Rise Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Bake Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Yield: 16 rolls

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice

Stand Mixer with Dough Attachment

Large Bowl

Glass Measuring Cup

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Baking Dish

How to Make Hawaiian Rolls

  • In a mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment, mix yeast, water, and granulated sugar. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add to the yeast mixture. Knead on low for 8-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and place into a lightly oiled bowl (olive oil or cooking spray). 
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat down gently.
  • Cut the dough into 16 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball by pinching the dough together.
  • Add to a lightly greased baking dish and cover for 30 minutes.
  • Brush dough with egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsp water) and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If you don’t have a warm place for your dough to rise in, preheat your oven and place the covered dough near or on top of the stove. 
  • Don’t try to shorten the rising time! These rolls are supposed to be light and airy and skimping on the rising time can create dense, underproofed rolls.
  • When placing the shaped rolls on the baking dish, put them close together so that they can rise and bake to look like the iconic Hawaiian Rolls.
  • Make sure the salt is well-incorporated with the other ingredients before adding them into the yeast mixture! Adding salt directly to yeast can kill the yeast and cause the rolls not to rise properly.

Storage

Because homemade Hawaiian Rolls don’t have any preservatives in them, they will only stay good for about 24 hours. If you need to store them for longer, place them in a ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer for up to three months. 

What are the best ways to eat Hawaiian Rolls?

There is really no wrong way to enjoy these amazing rolls! Eat them straight out of the oven or allow them to cool and serve them with soup – either way they are sure to satisfy! They also make the most incredible sandwiches. Add some meat and cheese or even peanut butter and jelly and you are sure to have a sandwich you will crave again and again!

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Yield: 16

Copycat Hawaiian Rolls

Copycat Hawaiian Rolls

Are you a huge fan of Hawaiian rolls like we are? These amazing Copycat Hawaiian Rolls are perfect for your next gathering or for when you’re craving some fresh bread! They are soft, sweet, and totally irresistible.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 2 seconds
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes 2 seconds

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice

Instructions

    1. In a mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment, mix yeast, water, and granulated sugar.
    2. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
    3. Combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add to the yeast mixture. Knead on low for 8-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
    4. Remove the dough from the mixer and place into a lightly oiled bowl (olive oil or cooking spray).
    5. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
    6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat down gently.
    7. Cut the dough into 16 pieces.
    8. Roll each piece into a ball by pinching the dough together.
    9. Add to a lightly greased baking dish and cover for 30 minutes.
    10. Brush dough with egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsp water) and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a warm place for your dough to rise in, preheat your oven and place the covered dough near or on top of the stove.
  • Don’t try to shorten the rising time! These rolls are supposed to be light and airy and skimping on the rising time can create dense, underproofed rolls.
  • When placing the shaped rolls on the baking dish, put them close together so that they can rise and bake to look like the iconic Hawaiian Rolls.
  • Make sure the salt is well-incorporated with the other ingredients before adding them into the yeast mixture! Adding salt directly to yeast can kill the yeast and cause the rolls not to rise properly.

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