Hawaiian sweet rolls

hawaiian sweet rollsHawaiian sweet rolls?  I’ve crawled out from under my rock home again and discovered another food I’ve never tried – or even heard of!  I’m so deprived you guys!  I kept seeing hints of these mythical sweet rolls all over the web.  Fluffy rolls consisting of pineapple and brown sugar.   I could spend hours and hours just discovering things on my laptop.  But oh, hi kids and husband!  I’ll be back for you laptop.

This weekend we attended a memorial for my great Aunt.  It was a beautiful day catching up with second and third cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends we haven’t seen in years.  We spent the day watching the kids become instant best friends and reminiscing about my dear great Aunt.  One of my favorite memories are the buns she would make for New Years day dinner.  My family would travel a few hours every January to her farm in Alberta.  She always made sure I left with a bag of her fluffy homemade buns.  It was mentioned this weekend how much I looked forward to them.  To which I had to confess my many failed attempts at making buns.  Hard as a rock usually!

I got home last night determined to make a bun worthy of a big family dinner.  I succeeded with these Hawaiian sweet rolls.  They’re big, soft and perfect for any occasion!  To make it easier, I used my bread machine to do most of the work.  When the cycle was complete I simply rolled them out into evenly(ish) sized balls and let them rise.  Come January, it won’t be the same but I think she would approve!

hawaiian sweet rolls

Hawaiian sweet rolls
Serves: 12 large rolls
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ⅔ cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast
For the top
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Add the ingredients in order recommended by your bread machine.
  2. Select the dough cycle.
  3. After the cycle is complete turn out the dough and roll into 12 equal balls.
  4. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Place the dough into the dish and cover with a towel. Let rise for 40-60 minutes in a warm room.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350.
  7. In a small bowl beat the egg with the water and brush on top of each roll.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.

hawaiian sweet roll


  1. mai says

    Hello! I’d like to make this without using a bread machine 😛 just use the usual bread making method?

    thanks <3

    • Angie says

      Thanks Lindsey, I’m hooked on them now! I wish I could pick up a bag whenever I wanted. Good thing for the bread machine!

      • says

        making them for the second time… realized that different brands of crushed pineapple have different amounts of juice so added small amount of orange juice to dough..look and smell amazing! Thanks Angie..

    • Angie says

      I’m sure you’ll love them! We ate them plain, with teriyaki chicken burgers and pulled pork. I was so excited with the fluffy soft results!

  2. Lynda L says

    While these rolls look delicious, if they are supposed to be a replica of King’s Hawaiian rolls, I hate to tell you they’re not. King’s Hawaiian doesn’t have pineapple juice. Just look on the list of ingredients.

    • Angie says

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to making them again! Unfortunately, I have not tried King’s Hawaiian so I can’t compare.

  3. Mary P. says

    I made a batch of these rolls today and they are AWESOME! They are so good that I am making another two batches tomorrow – one for the freezer and one batch made into hamburger rolls. Fantastic, thank you!!!

  4. says

    Hello Angie…

    I am in love with your recipes!! When i saw your recipe for Hawaiian sweet rolls..my heart did its own happy dance (yes,im okay)…lol!! You offer a range of recipes that i will start making very soon. I am a big fan of smoothies and i will be making the “Peaches and Greens” later this morning. Thank you so much for being here and giving your recipes to all of us from the soul of your heart and your stories about your family. You are indeed a treasure!!♥

  5. LoLo says

    hi these looks so good. My question is if you do not have a bread maker can you use a kitchen aid with dough hook? thank you!

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