Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Breakfast, Desserts

These Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are so easy to make and taste exactly like the ones you buy from the store. They’re sweet and fluffy and perfect for pairing with your favorite meal or used to make an ice cream sandwich.
Homemade Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

What Are Hawaiian Sweet Rolls?

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, also known as Portuguese Sweet Bread, are dinner rolls made with an enriched dough with ingredients like eggs, milk, and honey to produce a soft fluffy bread roll. They also usually have a secret ingredient of pineapple juice, which leads to their color and sweetness. You can eat them as is or use them to make sandwiches or Hawaiian sweet roll sliders.

Homemade Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

Homemade Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

How to Make Hawaiian Sweet Rolls From Scratch:

  1. Activate the yeast. Sprinkle the yeast over warm milk and honey and wait for it to wake up and get foamy.
  2. Add the rest of the liquid Ingredients. Stir in the eggs, pineapple juice, butter, salt and remaining honey to combine.
  3. Add the flour. 1/2 cup at a time, just until it all comes together.
  4. Knead the dough. Knead for 6-8 minutes by hand until it’s smooth and elastic. Alternatively you could use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook for 3 minutes.
  5. Let the dough rise. Cover the dough and place it in a warm place until doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough. This is my favorite part! Just punch into the risen dough then turn it out onto a floured surface.
  7. Divide the dough out evenly. We’re aiming for 24 equal sized balls of dough. Place in a prepared pan and cover to rise for a final time.
  8. Egg wash and Bake! Brush each roll with egg was and bake until golden brown.

Homemade Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

How Long do Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Last?

Covered at room temperature for 3-5 days or you can freeze them in a zip top bag for up to 1 month!

Homemade Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can use these rolls for savory applications like sandwiches or sliders however my favorite way to eat them is making ice cream sandwiches. The lightly sweetened bread compliments the ice cream so well, especially when you choose a tropical flavor like coconut.

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Recipe

Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Serving Size: 24 rolls
Calories: 212kcal
These Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are so easy to make and taste exactly like the ones you buy from the store. They're sweet and fluffy and perfect for pairing with your favorite meal or used to make an ice cream sandwich.


  • 1/2 cup whole milk, heated to lukewarm (110 degrees F)
  • 1/2 cup honey, warmed
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 1/2 tablespoons water, for egg wash


  • *Stir together the milk and 1/4 cup of the honey in a large bowl. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the top and let stand for about 5 minutes, until foamy.
  • Stir the eggs, pineapple juice, butter, salt and the remaining 1/4 cup of honey into the proofed yeast.
  • Stir in the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough comes together in a rough mass.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Knead the dough (adding more flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface) for 6 to 8 minutes, until the dough is smooth, soft, and elastic. Shape the dough into a smooth ball. Lightly oil a large bowl, transfer the dough to it, and turn the ball to coat the surface with oil. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let the dough rise at warm room temperature for about 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size.
  • Oil a 9 x 13-inch pan and an 8-inch square pan. Punch down the dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and gently reshape it into a ball. Cut the dough into 24 equal pieces, and shape each piece into a ball. Arrange 15 of the balls in the larger pan and the remaining 9 balls in the smaller pan, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Cover the pans loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature for about 1 hour, until almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brush the top of each roll with the egg wash. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the rolls to a wire rack and let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • The rolls will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.


*I'm super lazy so I mixed this dough using my stand-up mixer (with the dough hook attachment). Feel free to do this if you have one! When it came to the kneading step, I ran the mixer on medium for about 3 minutes and it turned out great.
13x9 Cake Pan | KitchenAid Stand-Up Mixer | Kitchen Towels
CourseAppetizer, Bread, Dessert
KeywordHawaiian Sweet Bread
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 126IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Mollie March 25, 2015 at 5:46 am

    omg Yum!! My family always gets those to make sandwiches from leftovers after Thanksgiving & Christmas, but I would love to make these from scratch now!

    xoxo Mollie

  • Reply Michelle March 25, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Hawaiian Sweet Rolls were such a treat in our house too. My mom was bummed when we found out what they were because we’d ask for them all.the.time.

    They look so easy though! And beautiful with little scoops of ice cream in them.

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh From The... March 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Oh man, I looooove Hawaiian rolls. I can legit eat a whole bag of those from Costco by myself in like four days. So bad, but so good. I’ve tried a recipe before but they weren’t quite the same. Maybe I will have to give these a go!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Dude. My parents wouldn’t let me buy them from Costco because they knew I would be a disaster with them. These are really sweet and soft but they’re some differences but that’s because the ones from the store are loaded with stabilizers and weird chemicals. How else can bread stay on a shelf for a year?!

  • Reply Darlene March 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Yeeees. I loooove Hawaiian rolls! Thank you for this, I will be making these for Easter!

  • Reply Kelsey M March 25, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I’ve never had Hawaiian Sweet Rolls but reading this post is making me wish I grew up with them too! I’m super excited for this book 🙂


  • Reply Oh Happy Dane March 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Uhm.. I loooove Hawaiian Sweet Rolls – and “unfortunately” my kids do too – so they don’t last long i this house! Maybe I should teach them how to make them themselves?! :o)
    It should be easy with your excellent tutorial! Thanks!

  • Reply jeni k March 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Have an allergy to pineapple juice …. suggest alterative??

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog March 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    damn lady! these are what DREAMS are made of

  • Reply Kari March 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I love Hawaiian rolls! So perfectly sweet and yeasty.

  • Reply Sarah // The Sugar Hit March 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    OHHHHHHHHH lawd. Give me the sweet eggy buns filled with ice cream any day.

  • Reply Heather March 26, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I feel like this was a missing part of my childhood – I don’t thing I’ve ever tried Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! Maybe we don’t have them in Canada? I’ve heard so many good things that I may just have to make them now. And I’m totally with you on the dough punching. Definitely the best part of making bread!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      You’ll love it! They’re sweet and soft and glorious! x

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  • Reply Alana March 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

    STOP. These are what dreams are made of, or at least mine. I’m from Hawaii and can honestly say, we eat and love them there too! I totally ate mine with Portuguese bean soup and never would have thought to make cute little ice cream sandwiches with them. GENIUS. If this recipe is any indication, I need to run out and by that book stat!!

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    I too love books and blogs that teach me little tips+tricks and scientific reasoning behind the food I’m considering. This looks so mouthwateringly good, and perhaps even fluffier than the storebought kind….*gasp*

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    Making these for Easter dinner. Thanks!

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