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Easy Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

by Amy D
Soft and fluffy Hawaiian rolls, perfect as dinner rolls or for slider buns. Best of all this Hawaiian sweet roll recipe is just 4 ingredients and super easy to make.

These Hawaiian rolls are super soft and fluffy inside. Slightly sweet with a touch of pineapple flavor they make great dinner rolls and slider buns. Best of all this Hawaiian sweet roll recipe is just 4 ingredients and super easy to make.Light and fluffy homemade Hawaiian rolls are easy to make at home. Just 4 ingredients!

In last week’s Cuban ham salad post I promised that I’d share the recipe for the rolls that were pictured. These are them. These Hawaiian rolls have become a family favorite.Easy homemade Hawaiian rolls

  1. They are super easy to make, with only 4 ingredients!
  2. They make a big batch, around 30 rolls which for us is the perfect amount for big family dinners. But for others, means you can bake half now and freeze half to bake later!
  3. They are versatile! Hawaiian rolls are great dinner rolls, but also make fantastic slider buns.

Hawaiian Rolls are easy to make and start in the mixer. Because this Hawaiian roll recipe only has 4 ingredients: pineapple cake mix, yeast, water, and flour, it’s really important that you choose a quality pineapple cake mix with dried pineapple juice in the ingredient list. When the water is added that is going to reconstitute the dried juice and give us the pineapple juice any Hawaiian roll needs to get that unique flavor. The brand I use is Duncan Hines. You would think that all pineapple cake mixes would have this as an ingredient, it seems pretty important, but they don’t. So please check your mix before you begin.

You’ll know the dough has risen enough when indentations remain after being poked.

Punching down the dough removes the air bubbles.

Leave some space between the rolls for them to rise.

Easy Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

These Hawaiian rolls are super soft and fluffy inside. Slightly sweet with a touch of pineapple flavor they make great dinner rolls and slider buns. 

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, hawaiian, rolls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 30

Ingredients

  • 1 16.5 ounce pineapple cake mix
  • 7 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour reserve 1/2 cup to knead in

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the pineapple cake mix, yeast and warm water.  Mix on low to combine. 

  2. Add in the flour one half cup at a time with the mixer on low until the dough starts to come together and becomes too thick for the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour by hand, with the exception of 1/2 cup. The dough should be slightly sticky, but workable. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead in the remaining 1/2 cup. Knead for 8 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and flip the dough over so that the surface of the dough is oiled. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a clean towel and place in a warm spot to rise for 30 minutes. 

  3. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide the dough into around 30 pieces. Shape the dough into rolls, approximately 2 inches in diameter, and place them on a baking sheet. Cover with a clean towel and place in a warm spot to rise again for 30 minutes. 

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter after removing from the oven and allow to cool. 

Recipe Notes

Freezing instructions: Immediately after kneading the dough, divide and shape the dough you plan to freeze into rolls. Place the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap that's been sprayed with non-stick spray. Place in the freezer until completely frozen. Remove the rolls from the baking tray and transfer them in a large ziploc freezer bag. Store the rolls in the coldest part of the freezer, not the door. These rolls can be frozen for up to 2 weeks. When ready to bake, remove from the bag and place on a baking sheet to thaw and rise, about 4-5 hours, then bake as usual.

If you love homemade rolls and bread here are a few more of my favorites to try:

Caramelized Onion Buns

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Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

This is my most popular recipe! Garlic Cheese Focaccia goes great with any meal, but is particularly good at sopping up marinara sauce! Yum.

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Susan W. November 13, 2018 - 11:56 am

I can’t wait to try these! Who knew you could use cake mix to make rolls. Thanks for sharing!

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Amy D November 14, 2018 - 9:04 am

I know, right? I got the idea after seeing a recipe for cinnamon rolls that started with a cake mix! I hope that you’ll love these easy rolls as much as we do Susan. Have a great week!

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jane July 12, 2017 - 11:47 am

The Hawaiian Rolls were awesome! And easy. I baked them in cake pans so I could make a pan of sliders, per grandson request.

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Rosina Harter June 29, 2017 - 8:43 am

OMD! Sound yum. More than ever I wish I had an oven! Maybe try to make them at church someday.

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Amy D June 30, 2017 - 9:31 am

Thanks Rosina, they are pretty scrumptious! I just bought the stuff to make more. I’ve been in a bread baking mood lately.

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