Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Recipe

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These sweet rolls are very similar to the kind found in bakeries...only better! Pineapple adds just the right amount of sweetness. My husband can't eat just one.
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 188 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add milk, 1/4 cup butter, eggs, salt, remaining sugar and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide in half. Roll each into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Brush with some of the remaining butter. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Pinch seam to seal.
  4. Cut each into 12 slices. Place, cut side down, 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with remaining butter. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and pineapple until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  6. Place a teaspoonful of filling in the center of each roll. Bake at 425° for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks.
  7. For glaze, combine sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Pineapple Sweet Rolls in Best of Country Breads 2000, p86

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Iarya User ID: 6947185 32798
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Oh my good gravy, these are 'licious. Growing up a hundred years ago, we used to buy "sweet rolls" and they would come in a slab of 12 and ya had to break them apart. Cinnamon, apple, cherry, and pineapple. I loved the pineapple and have been looking for an acceptable recipe and this is is. I adore these, if they had 10 stars I would give it 10 stars. Thanks so much for the recipe and a (unfortunately) long trip back to my childhood!1"

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