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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD: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


  • 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 12x8-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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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