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Best Copycat Hawaiian Rolls Recipe

By Life, Family Fun Team


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Hawaiian rolls are arguably the best tiny, sweet rolls you can eat. Their pillowy softness and delectable subtly sweet bite pair perfectly with fresh butter or even when used as the buns for your favorite pulled pork slider recipe.

Hawaiian Rolls with a bite taken out of one

Hawaiian Rolls 

  • Servings: 16
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Elapsed time: 1.5 hours
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Total time: 2 hr 15 min


  • Stand Mixer with Dough Attachment
  • Large bowl
  • Glass Measuring Cup


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

various ingredients in glass containers


1. Begin by mixing the yeast, water, and granulated sugar together until blended nicely.

2. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
3. After 10 minutes is up, combine all of the other ingredients and the yeast mix in a large mixing bowl.

4. Using the dough hook attachment, knead for 8-10 minutes or until smooth with an electric
mixer. You can always do it by hand if you’ve got the strength and patience. 

ingredients in mixer

5. Next, remove the dough from the mixer and place it into a lightly oiled bowl (olive oil or olive oil cooking spray will work to keep the dough from sticking to the bowl).

6. Cover the bowl with plastic or a damp towel and place in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.

A trick to placing the dough in a warm place is to turn on the oven and set the covered bowl
very close to the oven or even on top (as long as you aren’t cooking something else).

ball of dough

7. After about one hour, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat down gently. The flour will ensure the dough doesn’t stick and make it easier to handle.

8. Cut the dough into 16 equal pieces.

9. Then roll each piece into a ball by pinching the dough together rather than trying to form it like a snowball. This helps to prevent the loss of air which makes the buns soft and fluffy.

folding dough in flour

folding dough into balls with flour

small dough ball

10. Add each of the dough balls to a lightly greased baking dish and cover for 30 minutes. This will allow any final rising to be done so your buns are nice a soft.

uncooked dough balls in glass baking dish

11. After 30 minutes of rising, brush the surface of the homemade dough buns with an egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsp water).

brushing egg wash onto Hawaiian rolls in glass baking dish

12. Then bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the Hawaiian Rolls begin to golden on the tops. 

cooked Hawaiian rolls

Hawaiian rolls in basket

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